THREE Donegal eateries have been listed among the finalists in this year’s Good Food Awards.
Making the cut in the prestigious competition are Rathmullan House which has been selected in the Culinary Haven Of The Year category, The Lemon Tree chosen in the Restaurant Of The Year category and Rusty Mackerel which is up for Pub Of The Year.
The winners are due to be revealed at a high-profile business lunch in The K Club on Monday April 17.
An independent panel of Irish and international leaders including founder and Managing Director of Good Food Ireland, Margaret Jeffares, journalists John Wilson and Amii McKeever, IFAC Consultant Stephanie Walsh and Executive Chairman and owner of Odyssey International Kevin Shannon, shortlisted the nominees subject to meeting strict criteria through onsite inspection.
The panel will select the overall winner following mystery inspections and assessments. But the public will also have an opportunity to cast their votes.
Online voting has begun and will remain open until Monday, March 20.
Returning for the first time since pre-Covid, the awards – sponsored by Kerrygold, Irish Farmers Association, Bord Bia, Tourism Ireland and National Dairy Council – will be opened by Enterprise and Trade Minister Simon Coveney. The ceremony will be attended by some 300 guests including business owners, Irish and international chefs, buyers, food and drink writers, media and industry leaders.
Looking ahead to the big reveal founder and Managing Director of Good Food Ireland Margaret Jeffares said, “There is great excitement around the return of The Good Food Ireland Awards.
“All of those wonderful businesses who have made the shortlist are a committed collection of passionate and driven people who genuinely capture the essence of Ireland’s food and drink, setting it in a cultural context to inspire travellers, international consumers and locals to seek out real authenticity and Irish provenance.
“All the judges would like to extend our congratulations to them all and wish everyone the best of luck for April 17,” Ms Jeffares added.
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