Chance to vote for your favourite!

Nineteen companies have responded to Food NI’s search for entries for the prestigious People’s Choice Award in the forthcoming Northern Ireland Food and Drink Association’s Awards (NIFDA). Overall, 20 products have been entered for the award.

The NIFDA awards are taking place on 24th March at a gala event in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Belfast and voting is now live on the Food NI website. Voting closes on Sunday 19th March and the winner will be announced at the NIFDA awards.

Food NI invited local food and drink companies to bid for the popular vote as part of its support for the coveted NIFDA awards, which are held every two years and showcase the quality and innovation of local producers.

Michele Shirlow, Food NI chief executive, says: “The NIFDA awards have proved to be an immensely important initiative for the agri-food industry here. We have organised the popular voting for the People’s Award over a number of years and are delighted to again be involved.

“This is a golden opportunity for people here to choose a food or drink company they believe provides simply the best tasting product.

“Nineteen companies, both large and small and across all sectors, responded to our invitation to submit entries. I’d urge people to get involved in what is a hugely significant competition that has an influence on retailers and foodservice operations here.

“People can show their support for a company  by clicking onto our website below to vote for a company which they believe has made the greater impact with consumers in terms of original and outstandingly tasty products.

“Awareness of the quality of local food and drink was enhanced substantially during last year’s tremendously successful Year of Food and Drink. We continue or campaign to promote local producers and to help them increase business both here and outside Northern Ireland,” adds Mrs Shirlow.”

The link to vote: and NIFDA website for awards details:

People’s Choice – the finalists

  1. Baronscourt Estate Venison, Omagh
  2. Corndale Free Range Chorizo, Limavady
  3. Dale Farm Dairies, Belfast – two entries
  4. Erin Grove Preservatives, Enniskillen
  5. Finnebrogue Artisan, Downpatrick
  6. Flavour First, Donaghadee
  7. Glens of Antrim Potatoes, Cushendall
  8. Granny Shaw’s Fudge, Antrim
  9. Irwin’s Bakery, Craigavon
  10. Krazibaker, Dromore
  11. Long Meadow Cider, Loughgall
  12. Mash Direct, Comber
  13. Moditions Bakery, Ballymena
  14. Pizzado, Portaferry
  15. Pop Notch Popcorn, Maghera
  16. Punjana Tea, Belfast
  17. Ruby Blue Vodka and Fruit Berry Liqueurs
  18. Suki Tea, Belfast
  19. Tayto Crisps and Snacks, Tandragee