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One new food product, above all others, received the most mentions. I'll save that to last!
I have included a Twitter "Follow Button" so you can easily follow the producers to get details of their delicious food products. And so, as suggested by the Irish public on Twitter, here are...
Ballycastle, Co. Antrim - www.broughgammon.com
Clonmel, Co. Tipperary - www.jameswhelanbutchers.com
Made very simply with smoked fish, cream cheese and lemon juice. A satisfying pâté, full of flavour
Cobh, Co. Cork - www.frankhederman.com
Made from naturally wild, home-grown and locally sourced core ingredients
Gorey, Co. Wexford - www.wildabout.ie
MND Foods - Honey Bee Cakes
A unique sponge Honey Cake made with honey, caramel sauce, chocolate and hazelnuts
Ferbane, Co. Offaly - www.beecakes.ie
Shines's Seafood - Irish Caught Albacore Tuna
Tuna caught using traditional methods, hand-filleted and hand-packed in olive oil
Killybegs, Co. Donegal - www.shinesseafood.ie
Rosscarbery Recipes - Gluten Free Black Pudding
A new Gluten-Free version of their multi award winning Black Pudding
Rosscarbery, Co. Cork - www.rosscarberyrecipes.ie
The Cultured Food Co. - Fermented Kimchi & Sauerkraut
Reviving the ancient tradition of natural food preservation through fermentation
Ballydehob, Co. Cork - www.facebook.com/theculturedfoodco
Kearns Foods - Grahams Horseradish & Mustards
Made using traditional recipes & methods to produce delicate and sophisticated flavours
Slane, Co. Meath - www.grahams-condiments.com
Over the last two weeks, more people tweeted back that their Best Irish Food find of 2015
was Irish Biltong more than any other! Set up by John and Noreen Doyle of Haynestown Meats, as an extension to their existing meat business, this product has really captured the Irish imagination and palate!
And so, the Best Irish Food to Watch Out For in 2016
as chosen by the Irish Public is...
Haynestown Meats - Irish Biltong
Not to be confused with American style beef jerky, Irish Biltong is based on a traditional South African gourmet beef snack made through a process of air drying and curing with natural seasoning and spices. The thick cured chunks of beef are then thinly sliced. Biltong is sugar free and completely natural with good nutritional value.
The product is available in Original or Chili Flavoured and can be purchased from shops around the south and east (See Here) and direct from the Irish Biltong website here.