One of Ireland’s longest running food festivals, the Listowel Food Fair, now in its 28th year of celebrating culinary excellence will once again take place from Thursday 9th – Monday 13th November 2023 in the North Kerry culinary and literary town of Listowel.
The Listowel Food Fair is delighted to announce the eagerly anticipated ‘2023 Best Emerging Artisan Food Competition’ -In Association with Kerry Local Enterprise Office. This competition supports the finest emerging artisan food producers across the country and is a celebration of the rich and diverse culinary talent found in the Irish food sector today.
Speaking at the launch of the competition, Chairman of the Listowel Food Fair Jimmy Deenihan said:
“As part of the festival’s commitment to support and promote emerging talent, the Listowel Food Fair is delighted to present the ‘2023 Best Emerging Artisan Food Competition’-In Association with Kerry Local Enterprise Office. The Listowel Food Fair ‘2023 Best Emerging Artisan Food Competition’ is a well established and long standing feature of the festival and it highlights the exceptional talent and dedication of our artisan food producers, who bring innovation and flavour to Irish food. This competition aims to recognise and support up-and-coming artisan food producers across the country, fostering innovation and excellence”.
Speaking about the initiative, Listowel Food Fair committee member and Project Coordinator for the ‘2023 Best Emerging Artisan Food Competition’ – In Association with Kerry Local Enterprise Office Lisa O’Flaherty said:
“Listowel Food Fair has always been a special occasion, but this year, we’ve pulled out all the stops to make it truly extraordinary. We’re extending a warm invitation to artisan food producers from all corners of Ireland to join us in this celebration of flavours and culinary craftsmanship. It’s not just an event; it’s a platform for talented artisans to showcase their creations. Register for the ‘2023 Best Emerging Artisan Food Competition’ -In Association with Kerry Local Enterprise Office, share your passion, and be part of the 2023 Listowel Food Fair – an experience you won’t want to miss!”
The 2023 Listowel Food Fair is supported by Kerry Group, Bord Bia, Bord Iascaigh Mhara, Teagasc, Fáilte Ireland, Kerry Local Enterprise Office, Kerry County Council, Tipperary Crystal, Garveys Supervalu and Eno Wines.
The competition features five distinct categories, providing a platform for artisan food producers to showcase their exceptional creations. The categories are as follows:
Baking & Baked Goods
Beverages – Alcoholic & Non-Alcoholic
Dairy – Cultured milk, Cream products, Ice Cream, and Cheese
Condiments – Jams, Chutneys, Sauces, and Food Ingredients
Free-from and Health products
To be eligible, entrants must ensure that their food products are not mass-produced and have been in production for two years or less.
Registration for the competition is entirely free and can be completed by filling out the online form available on the Listowel Food Fair website – www.listowelfoodfair.ie
KEY COMPETITION DETAILS
Entry Deadline: Friday, November 3rd, 2023
Judging Date: Tuesday, November 7th, 2023
Venue: Listowel Arms Hotel, The Square, Listowel, Co. Kerry, V31V962
The overall winner of the Best Emerging Artisan Food Competition will receive a grand prize of €1000, while category winners will be awarded €200 each.
All entrants are required to deliver their submissions to the Listowel Arms Hotel by 9 a.m. on Tuesday, November 7th, 2023.
For further information, competition guidelines, and online registration, please visit the Listowel Food Fair website at www.listowelfoodfair.ie
IMAGE CAPTION: Conor Slattery, Kerry Local Enterprise Office, Mairead Moriarty, Listowel Food Fair Committee, Billy Keane,John B Keane’s Bar, Savstida Harikrishnan, Ellie Mai McMahon, Mia Nolan and Elza Mortimer at Lynch’s Bakery & Coffee Shop, Listowel for the launch of the 2023 Listowel Food Fair.
Image Accreditation: Domnick Walsh Photography, NUJ, LIPPA, PPAI