Great Taste Stars Shine Bright For Food NI Members

Top awards for Ballylisk of Armagh, Baronscourt Estate, Morelli’s and Corndale.

All four 3-star winners from Northern Ireland in the 2022 Great Taste Awards are members of Food NI. The winning products are Ballylisk of Armagh Single Rose Brie cheese, Baronscourt Estate Wild Sika Venison Loin, CorndaleChorizo Picante and Morelli’s Raspberry Sorbet. Only 1.7% of the 14,205 2022 entries received a 3-star for“extraordinarily tasty food & drink”.

Burren Balsamics won two 2-star awards for their Balsamic Jelly and White Balsamic Jelly as did Suki Tea Makers for their Breakfast Tea. 2 stars are awarded to products deemed “above and beyond delicious”). Kestrel Foods won 2 stars for Forest Feast Salted Dark Chocolate Almonds as did Long Meadow for Blossom Burst Cider, Maud’s Pistachio Verde Ice Cream, McCracken’s Black Irish Stout, Thompson’s PunjanaTea Bags and Rooney Fish Millbay Oysters.

Ann’s Pantry from Larne won six 1 star awards for Sugar Free Oven Wheaten, Spelt Real Soda, Spelt Christmas Pudding, Custard Tart, Sugar Free Irish Wheaten Loaf Mix and Spelt Real Soda Mix. Other multiple 1 star winners included Dale Farm for Dromona Pure Butter, Dromona Extra Mature Cheddar, Mullins Strawberry Ice Cream,  Mullins Gourmet Sticky Toffee Pudding Ice Cream and Dale Farm Honeycomb Ice Cream. Kestrel Foods won 4 1 stars for Forest Feast Sea Salt and Cider Vinegar Nut Mix, Sea Salt and Black Peppercorn Nut Mix, Acti Snack Peanut Butter Trail Mix and Milk Chocolate Salted Caramel Almonds. Mash Direct also won four 1 star awards for Beer Battered Onion Rings, Chilli Baby Bakes, Champ and Skinny Fries. There were four 1 starplaudits for Morellis to add to their 3 star which were Clotted Cream with Caramelised Fig Ice Cream, Butter Rum with Boozy Raisin flavour, Calypso Coffee and Gianduia Ice Creams. 

Dundarave Estate’s Spiced Plum and Damson Jam won a star as did Deli Lites Tex Mex-inspired Plant-Based Burrito, Echlinville Distillery Irish Pot Still Gin, East Coast Seafoods Ballyhornan Smoked Salmon, Henderson’s own brand Spar Enjoy Local Peppered Rump Steak, Desserts by The Kitchen Salted Caramel Apple Pudding, The Chef Chicken and Ham Bake and The Kitchen Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup, Kennedy Bacon’s Dry Cured Gammon Roast, Kilmegan Sparkling Apple Juice, L’Artisan Foods 3 Cheese and Caramelised Pear Quiche and also Meatballs, Long Meadow Apple Cider Vinegar, Linwood’s Shelled Hemp and Cold Milled Flaxseed, Maud’s Piemonte Hazelnut, McCracken’s Pale Irish Ale, Milgro Original and Flame Grilled Steak Crispy Onions, Punjana Special Everyday and Signature Blend Tea Bags, Quails 28 day Himalayan Salt Aged Tomahawk Steak and Beef and Caramelised Onion Sausage Roll, Springmount Farm Honey and Free Range Eggs, Suki Black Bush Tea Pyramids, Tartine at the Distillers Arms Pickle Sauce, Berties Bakery Toaster Wheaten and Four Big Pancakes,The Croft Farm Shop Erin Grove Wheaten Bread, Symphonia Irish Apple Rum and Yellow Door Apple, Rosemary and Raisin Soda Bread, Beef Rendang and Seared Irish Chicken with Herbs, Home Cured Bacon and Dijon Cream Sauce. 

The highest scoring producers now go through to the regional finals. The Golden Fork Ceremony celebrates the best from each region with the winner being awarded a Golden Fork trophy – there are ten up for grabs. Plus, the ultimate winner of Great Taste 2022 – The Supreme Champion – will be crowned for winning the highest-scoring 3-star product of the year.

All will be announced at the Great Taste Golden Fork Ceremony on Monday 5 September 2022, held at Southwark Cathedral.