With almost 100 entries and after 2 days of tough judging at the Dublin Institute of Technology’s School of Culinary Arts and Food Technology, the shortlisted products for the Irish Café Quality Food Awards were announced last week. We were lucky enough to be chosen as some of the shortlisted entrants in not just one, but four categories!
We now compete against a shortlist of 11 cafes and 43 food and drink products across 16 categories to win a prestigious Irish Café Q award to be presented on 8th September at FIRE Restaurant at the Mansion House, Dublin.
Organised by Metropolis Business Media, group events manager Lara Newton comments: “We have been blown away by the incredible standard of products available and by the warm welcome customers receive in Ireland’s cafes. It has been a difficult job for our teams of expert judges, but we are very proud of the shortlist announced today, and delighted for our finalists. As former winners can testify, picking up an Irish Café Quality Food Award is a powerful marketing tool, with many winners using the awards’ logo in their café, on packaging and in national press, television and advertising.”
Headline sponsor for the awards is innovative packaging company Graphic Packaging International. The awards are also sponsored by Coeliac Society of Ireland, who played a vital role during the stringent judging process of the expanded ‘Free From’ categories, and Sacla’.
The four categories in which we have been shortlisted for are:
1) National Café Chain
2) Our Coffee in the Tea & Coffee category
3) Red Velvet Cake in the Christmas Category
4) Avocado and Mozzarella sandwich in the Grab and Go Category
All of us here in Insomnia HQ are looking forward to the award ceremony and hope to be returning with some silverware!