Here’s a list of the big foodie winners at the Cork Business of the Year Awards
It’s a tricky time for Cork’s restaurants and gastropubs.
But the people behind some of the city’s most popular dining spots took a break from the grind over the weekend to attend the Cork Business Association’s Cork Business of the Year Awards at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa.
Margo Murphy’s eclectic English Market shop The Roughty Foodie was announced SME Business of the Year. Murphy is known for supporting and championing small local producers, whose delicious artisan products can be found amongst the goodies on the colourful stall.
Best Cork VFI Pub went to Barry’s of Douglas, while Best Cork Restaurant was picked up by Rare @ The Blue Haven Kinsale and SOMA Coffee Company scooped the top spot in their category for Best Café.
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Another Market favourite, The Chicken Inn accepted the Best Cork Family Business Award.
Meanwhile, Best Cork Hotel was presented to The Kingsley, with Trigon winning in the Large Business of the Year category.
The Sustainable Business Innovation award went to Ballymaloe House for its decades-long commitment to reducing its carbon footprint through a zero food-miles policy, where possible. The installation of a solar farm onsite means that the business can be independent of the national grid when the sun shines.
Naturally, guests enjoyed a five-course Taste Cork dinner, an innovative chef collaboration between The Radisson Blu Hotel, Cork’s Vienna Woods Hotel, Trigon Hotels, Barry’s of Douglas, The Carrigaline Court Hotel, and The Blue Haven Collection Kinsale.
The menu showcased the wealth of producers and growers in the Cork region, and was paired with a selection of wines from the Wines We Love range by Centra.