Belling Awards

The Belling West Cork Artisan  Awards were inaugurated in 2011 as a part of the Taste of West Cork Food Festival.  The aim of the Awards is to recognise and acknowledge the huge contribution that West Cork Artisan Food Producers have made over the past twenty five years and continue to do so. The Belling West Cork Artisan Awards celebrate both the creativity of the Originals and  acknowledge the work of those Newcomers who are crafting new specialty foods on the ground in West Cork today. 

The Belling West Cork Artisan Awards  are sponsored by Sean and Rose O’Driscoll of Glen Dimplex/Belling Limited, both natives of West Cork. 

There are three categories of awards:

• The ‘Originals’ (prize €5,000)
• The ‘Newcomers’ category (prize €5000)
• The ‘Student Bursary’ category (prize €5,000)

The Belling West Cork Artisan Awards offer an opportunity and incentive to new producers to strive harder in rigorously pursuing the best product, be it in:

1.   Baking.
2. Confectionery.
3. Dairy.
4. Fruit and vegetables.
5. Meats.
6. Preserved goods.
7.  Rare breed pigs, cattle and poultry.
8.  Alcoholic and soft drinks.

The Awards are open to any business or person who grow or produce food products. The emphasis is on skill, dedication, taste, presentation and design, flavour and the impact on the environment. Products must be reared, grown or manufactured by the entrant.

The Judging Panel consists of internationally renowned Chefs, Food Educationalists, Food Suppliers and Food Journalists/Critics.

The Committee of the Belling Food Awards invite you to submit your food business for consideration in the 2014 Awards.

The Belling Award application criteria is as follows :

Please forward your proposal to by post to : Helen Collins ℅ Wolfe & Co. Solicitors, Market Street, Skibbereen or email to on or before the 31 July 2015.

Your proposal must include the following:

1.   Your name, address, full contact details including your Facebook/website address

2.    A short description/profile of your food business, detailing:
       (a) When and how you began
      (b) Details of who is currently engaged in the business
      (c) The number and details of any employees, full time or part time
     (d) Your current markets
     (e) Your target markets/target development

3.   Furnish a short assessment of the current needs of your business for further development/expansion, detailing:
      (a) Any additional skills required
      (b) Any additional mentoring required
      (c) Product/market development required

4.   If you had €5,000.00 to spend how would you best utilise it in your business?

5.   If you had €1,000.00 to spend how would you best utilise it in your business?

Please give detailed responses to the above questions.

Closing date for applications : 31 July 2015.