Still can’t believe my heather honey winning gold at Blás na hEireann 2017.
Back in March I entered two of my honeys into the Blás na hEireann Irish Food Awards. My heather honey off the Dublin Mountains and my Glenasmole Softset from the bees here on the farm.
It wasn’t until I was about to give a talk on bees, beekeeping and honey from a smallholders perspective. I was at the smallholders gathering at Taste of Cavan that I received an email. I was literally being given the mic when I got the email telling me that both my honeys had made it through to the final seven. That email was read about 20 times to make sure what I was reading was true.
Now I had to start preparing for making a trip down to Dingle at the end of September to the finals.
Arriving in Dingle, I couldnt wait to visit the producers tent to see my honey on display. What a fantastic feeling to see it there on the shelf. Just getting that far was an amazing achievement.
I had met the two lads form The Cupcake Bloke and delighted to tag along with them. I didnt know anyone else there so I was so lucky to meet up with them. We were sitting in the front row when bronze and silver were called out. I was genuinely convinced that was it, nothing! Until I heard my name being called out, I couldnt believe it. Gold!!! for my Dublin Mountains Heather Honey
As I was leaving I was told to stay put as I had also received the award for ‘Best Food Producer in Dublin’. Can you believe out of all the other amazing food producers from Dublin. The judges thought my heather honey was the best!
In the pictire below I’m probably the happiest man in Ireland with my two awards and a jar of my heather #honey 🐝💤💤💤🍯 Thanks to all my #bees for all thier hard work.
That night I went for dinner with Graham and Daithi followed by a few drink to celebrate (they also won silver for their Teelings Brack).
A screen shot of the tweet that announced my win.
Back home on the farm showing my two peices of Dingle Crystal to the bees 🐝💤💤💤🍯