The annual Euro-Toques Food Awards was organised by Euro-Toques Ireland at Walled Garden in Ashford Castle on the 28th of May 2018.
Euro-Toques member chefs and cooks around Ireland nominated their favourite suppliers again this year. There were six catagories; 5 going to producers – Water, Land, Farm, Artisan Produce, Craft – and a sixth award for outstanding contribution. The five Irish producers honoured by Euro-Toques Food Awards 2018 were Corleggy Cheese, Thornhill Duck, Dooncastle Oysters, Ballymakenny Farm and Woodcock Smokery. Georgina Campbell was honoured by special award for outstanding contribution to the Irish food and hospitality industry.
Euro-Toques Ireland and Euro-Toques International were both established in 1986 aiming to preserve the culinary heritage by supporting traditional cooking methods and promoting producers of local and seasonal artisan products.
The Euro-Toques Ireland Food Awards 2018 event showcased the local products of Irish food artisans. My Goodness Food, Kylemore Farmhouse Cheese, Llewellyns Orchard, Killeen Farmhose Cheese, Andarl Farm, Dooncastle Oysters, Gourmet Game Ltd were some of the producers were on hand for us to taste all their amazing food. I was delighted that I had a chance to taste the food prepared by Philippe Farineau, the Executive Head Chef of Ashford Castle and Jonathan Keane, the Executive Head Chef of the Lodge at Ashford Castle. The wines at the event were provided by Wines Direct, Euro-Toques’ wine partner.
I had a chance to taste my first Fermented Rain Water and Purple Potato ever. I also had a chance to taste my first Irish wine ever. David Llewellyn produces his wine in Lusk located near Dublin. His vineyards are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Dunkelfelder and Rondo grapes and the plantation date goes back to 2002. The wine I have tasted was Lusca 2015 which was a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. It is fragrant and juicy with light tannins. The oak well integrated and well balanced with the nice acidity.
At the end of the event we were invited for a tour of Ashford Castle. We have visited The Castle Wine Cellars, George V Dining Room, The Billards Room, The Cigar Terrace, The Inglenook Room and Castle’s private cinema.
My thanks to the producers who grow / make their products with love and art, chefs who turns these products into a tasty dishes, Euro-Toques who bring them all together, Ashford Castle who hosted the event with an amazing quality, care and beauty and all others who put forward effort for Euro-Toques Food Awards.