Monday night, November 11th 2024, The K Club, Co Kildare


MONDAY NIGHT NOVEMBER 11TH, 2024

tHE K CLUB, CO KILDARE

Minister Humphreys announces date for good Food Ireland® Awards 2024

The Good Food Ireland® Awards 2024 were officially launched by Heather Humphreys, T.D. Minister for Rural and Community Development and will take place on Monday, November 11th at The K Club, Co Kildare.

 

The core emphasis of the Good Food Ireland® Awards is the use of local, fresh, seasonal, Irish ingredients, highlighting tourism-hospitality and retail businesses that prioritise local produce and encouraging others. This in turn supports Irish farmers, food producers and fishermen, sustainably strengthening local economies and communities.

Good Food Ireland® Awards 2024

2023 commemorative brochure

2023 awards gallery

Good Food Ireland® Awards 2023 Commemorative Brochure
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2024 aWARDS Tickets & ACCOMMODATION

TICKET INFORMATION (LIMITED AVAILABILITY) 

 

Tickets to the Gala Awards Dinner Celebration will be on Sale Shortly

Preferred accommodation rate at The K Club will also be available 

 

Don’t Miss out on this prestigious awards and networking event!

ABOUT THE AWARDS

The Good Food Ireland® Awards provide standout and recognition to those people who genuinely capture the essence of Ireland’s food and drink, setting it in a cultural context to inspire travellers, international consumers and locals to seek out real authenticity and Irish provenance in restaurants, pubs, hotels, as well as in retail for their homes and kitchens, here and around the world. 

 

They champion Ireland’s best producers and shine a light on biodiversity at farm level as well as the way producers grow, cultivate, harvest and catch the produce they supply to leading chefs, establishments and retailers.

 

Each award will be underpinned by premium quality, exceptional achievement, innovation and good old fashioned hospitality,  together with a core commitment to local Irish provenance, community, sustainability and a culture where all can flourish. 

 

A number of cross-sectoral award categories will celebrate Ireland’s farmers from dairy to tillage to beef, fishermen, food and drink producers, foodservice and tourism hospitality providers, retailers and international chefs and purveyors. 

 

All businesses approved by Good Food Ireland®, subject to meeting strict criteria through onsite inspection, are automatically eligible for all the awards. An independent panel of industry experts will create a shortlist of finalists in each of the award categories. Following further onsite mystery inspection and assessment the winners will be selected. 

 

food lovers choice award 2024

INVITATION TO ENTER OR NOMINATE

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For the first time in the 18 year history of the Good Food Ireland® Awards, the Food Lovers Choice Award will be open for entry or nomination to all food or drink businesses across the Republic and Northern Ireland. Businesses already approved by Good Food Ireland® are automatically entered in this award.

 

Local food and drink producers, farmers, fisheries, manufacturers, shops, food trucks, distilleries, pubs, cafes, cookery schools, restaurants, hotels and all other accommodation providers offering great local food are eligible for prestigious recognition in the Good Food Ireland® Food Lovers Choice Award 2024 at these highly-regarded cross-sector awards, all they need to do is enter or be nominated.

 

All entries and nominations will be assessed by an expert judging panel to ensure they meet the Good Food Ireland®  consumer promise. Members of the Public will then have their say through online Voting, where each business will be allocated to their tourism destination.

 

Businesses may directly enter online or be nominated if they think they too share the Good Food Ireland® philosophy. Entry is free and now open. Entry will close on Friday 26th April 2024. 

Master of Cermonies

TO BE CONFIRMED

Noel Toolan
With over forty years of international marketing, brand communications and business development experience, Noel Toolan is a highly sought after consultant, mentor, facilitator and speaker internationally.He has worked across the private and public sectors in more than 50 countries making marketing change happen in a wide range of enterprises and organisations from 1 person startups to global multinationals in over 20 different industries and a number of governments.Noel has particularly relevant experience in the food and tourism sectors where he has worked at the highest level on a number of global consumer brands, international food services and international tourism and travel in both private and public sectors in Europe, the Americas and Asia. 
 
Noel is currently principal and founder at KATALEST the specialist Marketing Change Agency and is based in Tallinn, Estonia.

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Consumer Spotlight

High Accolade

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AWARD CATEGORIES

Hotel of the Year 2024

A best-in-class hotel, delivering a high-quality dining experience, showcasing seasonal Irish ingredients and food and drink produce across all areas. Together with an approach that celebrates Ireland’s rich traditions and hospitality.

HOTEL OF THE YEAR 2023 WINNER – THE EUROPE HOTEL & RESORT, KERRY

 

FINALISTS

To Be Advised

Culinary Haven of the Year 2024

This award recognises exceptional experience; in itself a food and drink destination that epitomises culinary excellence, highlighting the very best of local Irish produce.

CULINARY HAVEN OF THE YEAR 2023 WINNER – BALLYMALOE HOUSE HOTEL, CORK

SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD 2023 WINNER – KILLEAVY CASTLE ESTATE, ARMAGH

 

FINALISTS

To Be Advised

Restaurant of the Year 2024 

A strong emphasis on seasonal Irish ingredients, whereby the Chef’s creativity consistently demonstrates an aptitude for bringing out the integrity of the ingredients and successfully marrying those flavours as a complete dish.  Warmth of hospitality, exceptional service, together with great food that truly makes for an outstanding and memorable experience.

RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR 2023 WINNER – WOODRUFF RESTAURANT, DUBLIN

 

 

FINALISTS

To Be Advised

Café of the Year 2024

A clear demonstration of home-baked, in-house cooking or production with a passionate commitment to Irish produce, good old-fashioned Irish hospitality and a go to place for visitors and locals alike.

 

CAFE OF THE YEAR 2023 WINNER – FARMHOUSE CAFE & BAKERY, DUBLIN

 

FINALISTS

To Be Advised

Pub of the Year 2024 

A pub that represents the very best of Irish food and culture, one that takes the Irish pub experience to a whole different level of excellence. Showcasing local Irish produce, with a consideration for traditional or speciality Irish dishes, supplemented by home-baked breads, cakes and desserts. A drinks selection of local Irish beers, spirits, drinks and beverages including Irish fruit cordials and juice, complemented by Irish Snacks and Crisps. A pub where people are immersed in another world of warmth, conversation, laughter and fun. What we Irish call ‘the craic’.

PUB OF THE YEAR 2023 WINNER – MIKEY RYAN’S BAR & KITCHEN, TIPPERARY

 

FINALISTS

To Be Advised

Shop of the Year 2024

A Shop offering a selection of quality Irish food and/or drink, that shares the stories of the people and places behind it. A shop that celebrates Irish biodiversity and creates a better environment for cooking, eating and beyond. 

SHOP OF THE YEAR 2023 WINNER – FIRECASTLE, KILDARE

 

 

FINALISTS

To Be Advised

Food Truck of the Year 2024

A food truck, trailer or open hatch takeaway with a clear demonstration for Irish ingredients and produce, delivering a personal and trusting experience, bringing community together, energising the local economy and driving tourism to the specific area.

FOOD TRUCK OF THE YEAR 2023 WINNER – SEABISCUIT AT THE STRAND CAHORE, WEXFORD

 

 

FINALISTS

To Be Advised

Sustainability Award 2024

Through the Good Food Ireland® philosophy every approved business contributes to economic sustainability, benefitting local communities and safeguarding the future livelihoods of local people. This Award goes even further, recognising businesses for their environmental or social sustainability, businesses that have developed and implemented clean production initiatives and sustainable practices, demonstrating how they are helping to protect Ireland’s environment and greater wellbeing for the long-term benefit of all. 

 

SUSTAINABILITY AWARD – TOURISM & HOSPITALITY 2023 WINNER – BROOKLODGE & MACREDDIN VILLAGE, WICKLOW

SUSTAINABILITY AWARD – FOOD PRODUCTION 2023 WINNER – O’SHEA FARMS, KILKENNY

 

 

FINALISTS

To Be Advised 

Producer Awards 2024

This Award recognises producers for their premium produce and commitment to Irish provenance, leading the field in their production ethos, cultivation and catch practices and the top-quality produce it results in. We’ve acknowledged producers with a focus on environmental sustainability, preservation and collaboration with the local community.

MEAT PRODUCER OF THE YEAR 2023 WINNER – MARKET HOUSE ENNISTYMON, CLARE

FRUIT & VEGETABLE PRODUCER OF THE YEAR 2023 WINNER – THE APPLE FARM, TIPPERARY

FISH & SEAFOOD PRODUCER OF THE YEAR 2023 WINNER – REALT NA MARA SHELLFISH, KERRY

DRINKS PRODUCER OF THE YEAR 2023 WINNER – FIVE FARMS IRISH CREAM LIQUEUR

DAIRY PRODUCER OF THE YEAR 2023 WINNER – KILLOWEN FARM, WEXFORD

JAMS & SAVOURY PRODUCER OF THE YEAR 2023 WINNER – WILD IRISH FORAGERS & PRESERVERS, OFFALY

BAKERY & CHOCOLATE PRODUCER OF THE YEAR 2023 WINNER – JINNY’S BAKERY & TEA ROOMS

 

 

 

FINALISTS

To Be Advised

 

 

Producer of the Year 2024 

The Producer of the Year demonstrates a strong emphasis on using social media channels to tell their story and the story of Irish farming and food production to a domestic and global audience.

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR 2023 WINNER – THE APPLE FARM, TIPPERARY

 

 

FINALISTS

To Be Advised

 

Excellence in Food Tourism Award 2024

This Award recognises food and drink producers, providers, cooking schools, food attractions, farm gate experiences, trails or other food tourism experiences featuring Irish produce as the core component.

 

EXCELLENCE IN FOOD TOURISM 2023 WINNER – BALLYMALOE COOKERY SCHOOL ORGANIC FARM & GARDENS, CORK

 

FINALISTS

To Be Advised

 

Food Lovers Choice Award 2024

invitation for entries now open. Closing date Friday April 26th 2024

For the first time this year there will also be an opportunity for all other businesses around the island of Ireland that believe they share the Good Food Ireland® philosophy to enter for free, the dedicated “Food Lovers Choice Award”. All businesses that have met strict criteria prior to being approved to the Good Food Ireland® collection are automatically eligible for this award. Read More.

 

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IRELAND’S ANCIENT EAST 

IRELAND’S HIDDEN HEARTLANDS 

DUBLIN  

NORTHERN IRELAND 

Outstanding Contribution to Food Production 2024

Farming is the backbone of Ireland’s Agri-food business, boosting our tourism industry and supporting the economy of our rural environments. This honorary award is in recognition and celebration of the thousands of farmers, for their steadfast contribution to food production on our island and the measures being put in place to farm more sustainably. It highlights the importance of farming not just economically, but its generational legacy and cultural contribution to Irish tourism and the wider community.

 

2023 WINNER – EAMON SHEEHAN, BAWNLUSK DAIRY FARM, KILKENNY

 

Outstanding Contribution to Irish Food and Drink Internationally 2024

This award honours individuals/businesses internationally for their contribution to Food Brand Ireland. Where their creativity and drive in the sourcing and promotion of Irish food/drink has effected much change, enhanced commercial export opportunities for Ireland’s food and drink businesses and inspired reasons to believe.

 

2023 WINNER – ANNA HAUGH, LONDON, UK

Lifetime Achievement Award 

In recognition of a remarkable lifelong achievement across both the tourism hospitality sector and the food production sector.

 

2023 WINNER – DECLAN RYAN, CORK

Supreme Award of the Year 

2023 WINNER – THE EUROPE HOTEL & RESORT, KERRY

Tickets

TICKET INFORMATION (LIMITED AVAILABILITY) 

INDIVIDUAL TICKET – €150 + VAT

TABLE TICKET (10 people) – €1450 + VAT

 

SOLD OUT

Awards Prize

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Waterford Cake Stand, Good Food Ireland Awards
One lucky guest will win a Beautiful Seven-Piece Gio Tea set sponsored by Waterford.

The Gio collection was designed to encompass elegant simplicity. The seven-piece Gio tea set provides everything you need to host the perfect tea for two. Pour your favourite blend into the teacups with matching saucers and enjoy the luxurious feeling of fine bone china, embossed with a subtle geometric pattern. The teapot’s square profile brings a contemporary touch to your table, while the thoughtfully designed sugar bowl and cream jug complete this sophisticated set. The set is complimented by an opulent Gio Gold cake stand; its 22-carat gold banding and intricate geometric design, sets off the sleek white bone china.

 

Congratulations to the winner on the day – Macdara Mathews, Dublin

judging panel

An independent panel of Irish and International leaders will shortlist nominees and select the overall winner following onsite mystery inspection and assessment. The public will also have the opportunity to vote online in the Food Lovers Choice Award.

Susan Kerr
Susan Kerr
Susan Kerr began her career in high level corporate administration in the UK, prior to returning to Ireland in 1990 and entering the Tourism hospitality sector. With much experience in Hotel operations, sales and marketing at a management level she joined Margaret Jeffares consulting firm in 2000 and was a key influencer in the formation of Good Food Ireland®. An avid food lover and believer with a great understanding of the sector and needs of the domestic and international client, Susan was Operations Director of Good Food Ireland® until 2022. Much is her love and commitment to Good Food Ireland® she continues to work with the team in an advisory capacity, supporting new initiatives and breaking down barriers.
Margaret Jeffares
Margaret Jeffares
Margaret Jeffares is Founder and Managing Director of Good Food Ireland. She has worked in the agri, food and tourism hospitality industry for almost 30 years. Her diverse experience across the airline, tour operator, hotel, restaurant, food and visitor experience sectors, together with her creative energy and zest for innovation led Margaret to setting up a marketing and development consultancy business in 2000. She quickly forged links with a number of Irish and international agencies bringing Irish brands directly to international consumers. Margaret has held a number of Directorships and government appointed positions. Most recently she sat on the Advisory Board of Safefood, to provide strategic advice to the Chief Executive and senior management team.
Tom O’Connell
Tom O’Connell
Tom’s formative hotel and food and beverage experience started in Ireland leading to a career in hospitality spanning Europe the UK and Ireland with a training year also spent in New York City. An honours graduate in hospitality management from Shannon College. The consistent thread in Tom’s hospitality path has been the ability to spot trends, stay up-to-date and be consistently innovative. His career focus from the earliest training periods in Switzerland and New York was on Food & Beverage concepts and management efficiency. Innovation and change management have been central pillars of his career. Tom has a proven track record in operational and ownership / management roles within the hospitality business. Tom now works with owners and companies to advise and mentor with a focus on efficiency, innovation and profitability.
Dr Detta Melia
Dr Detta Melia
Dr Detta Melia is a lecturer in the School of Hospitality Management and Tourism, TU Dublin. A graduate of GMIT, Detta holds an MBA from DIT and a wide range of qualifications from the Spirit and Wine Education Trust, Food Safety Professionals Association and City and Guilds London Institute. Her industry experience spans hospitality and tourism. Detta has worked on a number of consultancy and training projects in Ireland and abroad. She has written a number of publications and conference papers, with papers presented to EuroCHRIE.
Kevin Shannon
Kevin Shannon
Kevin Shannon is Executive Chairman and Owner of Odyssey International, a Destination Management Company (DMC) based in Dublin. He has been delivering core Destination Management Services on the island of Ireland since 1985, specialising in international meetings, incentive trips, conferences and events. He loves the camaraderie in our business, the constant endeavour for excellence and the fact that we all work together to achieve it. Kevin has served as President of the Irish Tour Operators Association for three terms and was a member of the Tourism Council of Ireland under three Governments. He is renowned for creative excellence and for always thinking outside the box when it comes to fresh and exciting ideas.
John Wilson
John Wilson
John Wilson is drinks correspondent for The Irish Times, writing about wine, beer and spirits. On leaving college, he joined the wine business where he worked buying and selling wine both here and in the U.K. He then embarked on a career in journalism. He has written and edited various wine books, contributed to magazines, and appeared on television and radio. He has judged wine and drinks competitions in this country and abroad.
Amii McKeever
Amii McKeever
Amii McKeever is editor of Irish Country Living, the weekly magazine in the Irish Farmers Journal, and newsbrands 2021 newspaper magazine of the year. Awarded an MBA from Trinity College Dublin in 2022, her earlier education included a BAgrSc and a Master's in Animal Science from UCD as well as a Diploma in Strategic Growth in the food industry. She has held a number of directorship roles including Agri Aware, the agri-food educational body. She is also a founding member of Ceres, the Women in Agri-Business Leadership Network. Amii is a regular contributor on rural issues to radio and TV programmes.
Stephanie Walsh
Stephanie Walsh
Stephanie Walsh is a Food Business Consultant at IFAC and has over ten years retail experience in a multinational retailer. Stephanie worked with Lidl Ireland as a Senior Dairy Buyer working with various suppliers, developing products, packaging and negotiated multi-million-euro deals. She has a B.Applied Science in Food and Business from St. Angelas University, Sligo

Partners & Sponsors

Gold Partners - to be confirmed

Kerrygold, Logo
Kerrygold

Kerrygold® is a proud Irish brand that retains deep tradition and enjoys a special relationship with consumers going back 60 years. The core Kerrygold® product is natural Irish premium butter, made from just two simple ingredients; cream and salt. Kerrgold® counts creaminess and deliciousness to only sourcing milk from grass-fed cows who graze on lush Irish pastures for 300 days a year.

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FBD Insurance

From managing suppliers, staff and service; running a business takes a lot of work and dedication. FBD Insurance know what it takes, and know that a little support can mean a lot to business owners. That is why, for over 50 years, FBD Insurance has been supporting Irish businesses and business owners with great value insurance. With this kind of industry experience FBD Insurance have unrivalled knowledge of local enterprises. That’s why they can talk sincerely about their service as being the hallmark of the company’s success.

Roe & Co

Roe & Co distillery is the home of cocktail exploration and modern Irish whiskey. Nestled in the heart of the Liberties new energy surges through the former Guinness Power Station, where fun and flavour come to life through a truly immersive experience. This is Irish Whiskey reimagined.


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Waterford

Inspired by the elements and by the Irish traditions of craftsmanship, Waterford transforms every moment into something more. The artistry and craftsmanship behind Waterford goes beyond mere form. Each piece is specially designed to heighten the pleasure of using it the way it plays with light, its satisfying weight and tactility, and the pure bright sound it emits when touched.

Host partner

Media Partner

The K Club, Co. Kildare
The K Club

Captivatingly moreish, varied yet fantastically focused; dining always comes with a generous dollop of passion and creativity at The K Club. Over the past two year, The K Club has worked to transform its food and drink spaces to guarantee superb flavour sensations, thoughful attention to detail and produce-led dishes.

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IrishCentral

Headquarted in New York with an ancillary office in Dublin, IrishCentral is the trusted source for information related to Ireland and the Irish. It caters to 39 million Irish Americans and 70 million Irish diaspora and receives 2 million+ unique visitors per month.

Host Partner

Gold Partners

Media Partner

The K Club, Co. Kildare
The K Club

Captivatingly moreish, varied yet fantastically focussed; dining always comes with a generous dollop of passion and creativity at The K Club. Over the past two years, The K Club has worked to transform its food and drink spaces to guarantee superb flavour sensations, thoughtful attention to detail and produce-led dishes.

Kerrygold, Logo
Kerrygold

Kerrygold® is a proud Irish brand that retains deep tradition and enjoys a special relationship with consumers going back over 60 years. The core Kerrygold® product is natural Irish premium butter, made from just two simple ingredients; cream and salt. Kerrygold® counts its creaminess and deliciousness to only sourcing milk from grass-fed cows who graze on lush Irish pastures for 300 days a year.

FBD Insurance

From managing suppliers, staff and service; running a business takes a lot of work and dedication. FBD Insurance know what it takes, and know that a little support can mean a lot to business owners. That is why, for over 50 years, FBD Insurance has been supporting Irish businesses and business owners with great value insurance. With this kind of industry experience FBD Insurance have unrivalled knowledge of local enterprises. That’s why they can talk sincerely about their service as being the hallmark of the company’s success.

Irish Central Logo
Irish Central

Headquartered in New York with an ancillary office in Dublin, IrishCentral is the trusted source for information related to Ireland and the Irish. It caters to 39 million Irish Americans and 70 million Irish diaspora and receives 2 million+ unique visitors per month.

SUpporting Sponsors

Bord Bia Logo
IFA logo
Tourism Ireland Logo
National Dairy Council Logo
Pure Cork Logo
Ballymaloe Foods, Logo
IFAC, logo
safefood logo
Irish Hereford Prime, Logo


PARTNERSHIP & Sponsorship

Good Food Ireland® Awards 2023

sponsorship opportunities 

Sponsoring the Good Food® Ireland Awards offers a compelling opportunity for your business to align itself with a premium brand, promote your values, expand your network, support local communities and reach a targeted audience interested in authentic Irish food and drink, culinary experiences and genuine Irish hospitality.

 

The benefits of sponsorship extend beyond marketing and branding, fostering business relationships, expanding market reach and contributing to the growth of the Irish food and drink industry.

 

For full Sponsorship Pack or to further discuss the benefits and opportunities for please contact:

 

Margaret Jeffares

Tel: +353 53 9158693

Email: [email protected]

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