Awards: 2018 Community Food Award launched

Social Responsibility tops the agenda for the 2018 Community Award launched today.


IFWG annual Community Food Award opens for applications.


Nominations are being invited by The Irish Food Writers’ Guild (IFWG) for an

important award that recognises individuals, businesses or organisations in

Ireland that have embraced an ethos of social responsibility to an outstanding



Now in its third year, this annual award shines a light on initiatives that might

otherwise fall under the radar but which are making a significant contribution

to the role that food plays in communities all over Ireland.


A wide range of food-related initiatives, big and small, could be nominated for

this award. For example, food waste, community garden and food poverty

initiatives were recognised at 2015’s inaugural awards, when the Bia Food

Initiative (now the Food Cloud Hub) was awarded overall winner.


In 2016, initiatives promoting accessible employment, organic gardening and food growing were commended, with Irish Seed Savers Association recognised as the overall winner for their educational role in promoting biodiversity and

protecting Irish food heritage. The main considerations are that the project is

well managed and transparent and that it has a positive relationship with the

community in which it operates.


Nominations for the Community Food Awards are welcomed from individuals, businesses and organisations who wish to nominate themselves or others.


The Guild will be accepting nominations for this award up to and including Thursday, 28th September 2017. Entry forms are available here and or on request from the Guild secretary, Kristin Jensen, at There is no entry fee.


These annual awards have been made possible thanks to the continued support of Slow Food Ireland. Both organisations are committed to recognising people who make a real difference to food and food practices in Ireland, primarily at a community level. The awards will be judged by the members of the IFWG and the winner announced in early 2018, as part of the Guild’s annual Food Awards.


Aoife Carrigy, Chairperson of the IFWG, said: “The Guild aspires to being ‘a voice for better eating’. There are many people and organisations working hard to tackle social issues related to making, eating and accessing good food in Ireland. These awards are our way of using that collective voice to champion this important work.”


Click here for further details of the awards, including previous winners.


29th August, 2017

Pictured: Irish Food Writers' Guild chairperson Aoife Carrigy and Tansy Watson of Irish Seed Savers, winners of the 2016 Community Food Awards.

Awards: IFWG Food Awards

The passing down of recipes and traditional farming and production methods from generation to generation has been instrumental in helping Ireland’s food legacy to endure, according to Aoife Carrigy, Chairperson of the Irish Food Writers’ Guild (IFWG).


For full article on the 2017 awards, click here.


The event took place on Tuesday 7th March in two-star Michelin Restaurant Patrick Guilbauld. Members of the Guild, this year's winners, members of the media and others from the Irish food community were in attendance.

See below some social shots from the awards...


7th March, 2017


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