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 Belling Awards reward the effort, passion, thought and hard work that people put into achieving unique products.

The Belling West Cork Artisan Awards celebrate both the creativity of the Originals and acknowledges the work of those Newcomers who are crafting new specialty foods on the ground in West Cork today.