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National Artisan Food Awards 2019

The Clonmel Show National Artisan Food Awards 2019

Clonmel Show and Agricultural Society Ltd. is pleased to announce the Clonmel Show National Artisan Food Awards 2019. This is the second year of these national awards uniquely aimed at food producers with an annual turnover of less than €100,000.

Classes in this year’s Clonmel Show National Artisan Food Awards are:

  • Preserves
  • Sauces / condiments
  • Dairy produce
  • Bakery – sweet & savoury
  • Honey
  • Chilled meat / fish products
  • Non-alcoholic bottled drinks
  • “Modern Irish Artisan Food”


Please note the following:

  • Entries are to be made online from this website.
  • Closing date for entries is Tuesday June 18th 2019
  • On receipt of your entry we will communicate with you regarding the judging process. Please note it will not be necessary for you to be at the judging in person; products for judging will be received by post / courier or in person the day or two before judging depending on nature of product etc.
  • Judging will take place on Sunday 23rd June by our panel of judges as outlined below.
  • Prizes / awards will be presented at Clonmel Show on Sunday 7th July.
  • First prize winner in each class will win a beautiful Clonmel Show Artisan Food Awards trophy, a rosette and cash prize.
  • Rosettes and cash prizes for 2nd and 3rd place in each category.
  • Any entry reaching a certain score to be decided by the judging panel will be eligible to receive a Gold, Silver or Bronze award that can be used on your product subsequently for indication of quality achieved.



Background to Clonmel Show National Artisan Food Awards

This is the second year of our national food competition based at Clonmel Show. The Clonmel Show National Artisan Food Awards is aimed at truly artisanal food producers and last year brought a substantial change to the level of food related competition at Clonmel Show which runs every year on the first Sunday of July.

The Clonmel Show & Agricultural Society is a registered charity and is run by a voluntary committee of management. In 2015 we celebrated the 150th anniversary of the first agricultural show held in Clonmel. A widely acclaimed exhibition in Tipperary County Museum which ran for much of that year highlighted the long history of the exhibition of agricultural produce at Clonmel Show. The society’s rule book which dates back to 1924 lists as the first of our objectives: “To promote the improvement of horses, cattle, sheep, swine…..agricultural produce, creameries, bee-keeping, cottage and other industries.”

In furtherance of this aim, the Clonmel Show National Artisan Food Awards brings together for judging produce from genuine artisan producers whose business has a turnover of less than €100,000 per annum.

Our hope is to offer an opportunity for truly artisan food producers to have a forum to show their produce and compete in a national competition against their peers. Although there are many established food awards in Ireland to date, we are not aware of any that target this particular group. Exhibitors will need to fulfil the criteria established by the FSAI for artisan food production, namely:

  1. The food is made in limited quantities by skilled craftspeople
  2. The processing method is not fully mechanised and follows a traditional method
  3. The food is made in a micro-enterprise at a single location
  4. The characteristic ingredient(s) used in the food are grown or produced locally, where seasonally available and practical

Please see FSAI guidelines at for accurate information in this regard.
Finally, food producers entering the competition will need to have a business turnover of less than €100,000 per annum.


Entries will be accepted online via the following link – Book Online
Entries will open on Wednesday 15th May.
Food for competition will be received during the week of June 18th to 22nd with exact details to follow.

Book Online


Judging in all classes will take place on Sunday 23rd June with presentation of prizes to successful entrants at Clonmel Show on Sunday 7th July 2019

We are delighted to announce our judging panel for this year of the Clonmel Show National Artisan Food Awards as follows:

  • SARAH FURNO is the second generation of the Grubb family to produce world famous and multi award-winning Cashel Blue Cheese
  • CON TRAAS, The Apple Farm, Cahir, Co Tipperary is alecturer in University of Limerick and Tipperary Food Hero. He is currently chairperson of Tipperary Food Producers
  • EUNICE POWER is the well-known proprietor of Eunice Power Catering, TV chef and teacher at Dungarvan’s The Tannery Cookery School.
  • SINÉAD DELAHUNTY is a food writer and blogger ( and Tipperary Ladies inter-county footballer.
  • JANINE KENNEDY runs Kilkenny School of Food and is a food writer.
  • DERMOT GANNON is a multi-award winning chef and proprietor of The Old Convent Restaurant in Clogheen, Co. Tipperary.


The overall winner in each class will receive a Clonmel Show National Artisan Food Awards trophy hand-crafted by Philippe Hetier ( There will be cash prizes and Clonmel Show rosettes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each class. Gold, silver and bronze awards will also be awarded to entrants who meet particular standards to be set by our judging panel.

For more information on any aspect of this competition, please e-mail and we will endeavour to answer your queries promptly.

Watch this website and Clonmel Show Facebook & Twitter sites for updates and information.