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Food & Hospitality Ireland Serves up a Tasty Event at Citywest

September’s Food & Hospitality Ireland exhibition, incorporating the first-ever Speciality & Fine Food Fair Ireland and the Great Taste Market, delivered thousands of visitors to the 2015 event, with exhibitors reporting brisk trade and business being done.

Taking place on the 16th and 17th September, visitors from the food, retail and hospitality industries travelled to the Citywest Events Centre to uncover innovative new products, taste the latest in artisan food and make contact with new suppliers.

With over 120 companies showcasing their products and services, the two-day event also served up a host of awards, inspirational talks from speakers and expert cooking demonstrations.

Chef Sean Owens on the Spotlight Stage.

Chef Sean Owens on the Spotlight Stage.

From the Craft Butchers Shop of the Year awards to the Product of the Show winners, Food & Hospitality Ireland celebrated the very best of Ireland’s thriving food, retail and hospitality industries.

[pull_quote_center]Over the past eight months, Food & Hospitality Ireland and Speciality & Fine Food Ireland have worked with our partners to ensure that Food & Hospitality Ireland 2015 delivered features that were of real benefit to the sectors.[/pull_quote_center]

“From the Associated Craft Butchers of Ireland to the CSNA, Restaurants Association of Ireland, Retail Ireland and the Coeliac Society of Ireland, our goal was to ensure there was something for everyone at this year’s event. The feedback from both visitors and our partners has been excellent and we feel that FHI really did deliver something for everyone,” explains Toby Wand, Managing Director of Fresh Montgomery – organisers of Food & Hospitality Ireland.

Shining a Spotlight
The Spotlight Stage was one of the most hotly-anticipated features and was home to a line-up of industry experts over the two days.

Martin O’Shea, Buyer at Musgraves, presented to a full house, speaking on ‘How to have your product sold through Ireland’s biggest stores’, while Adrian Cummins of the Restaurants Association of Ireland was joined by Olivia Duff of Boyne Valley Food Series for a talk on ‘How to build your own food tourism strategy’.

The Spotlight Stage also hosted some lively cookery demonstrations from Dublin restaurateur and chef, Conor Dempsey, of Amuse Restaurant and Chef Sean Owens of the Butchery Excellence Scheme.

Bruce Langlands, Director of Food at Harrods.

Bruce Langlands, Director of Food at Harrods.

From ‘The finest food hall in the world’, Director of Food at Harrods, Bruce Langlands addressed a 120-strong meeting of the Dublin Food Chain, delivering golden nuggets of advice to attendees on ‘How to get your product listed in the Food Hall’.

New Products & Services
With everything from handmade granola to prosecco and wine on tap, Food & Hospitality Ireland housed thousands of new products and services under one roof.

To honour of the quality products and business solutions available at the event, this year, the Product of the Show awards recognised 13 companies as finalists. Judged by an independent panel of judges that included Bruce Langlands, Director of Food at Harrods, Vincent Jennings, CEO of the Convenience Stores and Newsagents Association (CSNA) and John Hickey from the Craft Butchers, along with Kim Leonard of the Restaurants Association of Ireland, two exhibitors were crowned with the top awards.

Taking home the Food & Hospitality Ireland Award was CBL Equipment who won the award for its Castle Chafer product, a newly-patented waterless chafing dish that reduces fuel cost to under €0.25/hour.

James Kearney of CBL Equipment.

James Kearney of CBL Equipment.

James Kearney, Founder of CBL Equipment, said: “CBL Equipment is thrilled to receive the award for the Food & Hospitality Ireland Product of the Show for our Castle Chafer product.  All of the finalists were of such a high standard and it’s wonderful to see the exciting new innovations coming from Irish companies in the food and hospitality sector.”

The Speciality & Fine Food Fair Product of the Show Award went to multi award-winning Burren Smokehouse for its Smoked Organic Salmon with Seaweed.

Please see list below for the full list of winners from the Product of the Show Awards.

Ireland’s Best Butcher Shop Announced
Long-standing show partner, the Associated Craft Butchers of Ireland (ACBI), held its annual awards on day one of Food & Hospitality Ireland. Insomnia Chairman and radio presenter, Bobby Kerr was joined by Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Mr. Tom Hayes, T.D. to present the ACBI’s most prestigious awards – Shop of the Year.

Hugh Jordan's stand at the show.

Hugh Jordan’s stand at the show.

Craft Butchers Shop of the Year went to Grogan & Brown Artisan Butchers of Loughboy, Kilkenny who also secured the award for ‘Best Butchers on a High Street’.

Accepting the award on behalf of Grogan & Brown Artisan Butchers was co-proprietor Jonathan Brown, who said:

[pull_quote_center]We’re thrilled to have won the award for Craft Butchers Shop of the Year, it is such a prestigious award and a great honour for us to bring this, along with the ‘Best Butchers on a High Street’ award home to Kilkenny.[/pull_quote_center]

Other category winners were O’Briens Butchers of in Kilkenny Shopping Centre, Loughboy who won ‘Best Butcher’s Shop in a Shopping Centre’ and O’Gorman’s Butchers of Castledermot, Kildare for ‘Best Rural Butcher’s Shop’.

For further information on Food & Hospitality Ireland 2016, incorporating the Speciality & Fine Food Fair Ireland, please email FHIteam@freshmontgomery.co.uk.

Product of the Show Finalists

Food & Hospitality Ireland Product of the Show Finalists:
· CBL Equipment for Castle Chafer (winner)
· Money Point Ltd. for Bodurcube – Intelligent Cash Deposit Safe
· Nutritics for Nutritics
· Hugh Jordan for the Revol Arboresence Peppercorn Plate
· Martin Food Equipment for the Turbo Rapid Cook Oven
· Stuewer GmbH for the Regiomat – Meat Vending Machine

Speciality & Fine Food Fair Ireland Product of the Show Finalists:
· Leaves for Pasta with Benefits
· Tideford Organics for Organic Red Lentil Soup with Apricots and Chillies
· Bonnie Yau’s Food Products for Yau’s Binchotan Charcoal Noodles
· Toonsbridge Dairy for Straw Smoked Scamorza
· Long Meadow Cider for Blossom Burst Cider
· The Real Pork Crackling Company for English Mustard Pork Crackling
· The Burren Smokehouse for Organic Smoked Salmon with Seaweed (winner)

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