Several local businesses have been recognised with Great Taste Gold Star Awards for the quality of their produce. Deli Lites, Newry; Mourne Mountains Brewery, Warrenpoint and Rooney Fish, Kilkeel were all in attendance at the BBC Good Food Show where they were congratulated by Invest NI’s Director of Food and Drink, John Hood.

Pictured are the Co. Down businesses who attended a recent reception in Belfast during BBC Good Food Show. (L-R) are Martin and Eileen Johnston, East Coast Seafoods; Jonny Cuddy, Ispini Charcuterie; Gary McDowell, Deli Lites; William Abernethy, Abernethy Butter; John Hood, Invest NI; Barney Desmazery, BBC Good Food Show Editor; Jolene O'Hare, Mourne Mountains Brewery Ltd; Andrew Rooney, Rooney Fish; Michael Harnett, Duvillaun Fine Foods; and Barry Fitzpatrick, Sauceworks Ltd.
Pictured are the Co. Down businesses who attended a recent reception in Belfast during BBC Good Food Show. (L-R) are Martin and Eileen Johnston, East Coast Seafoods; Jonny Cuddy, Ispini Charcuterie; Gary McDowell, Deli Lites; William Abernethy, Abernethy Butter; John Hood, Invest NI; Barney Desmazery, BBC Good Food Show Editor; Jolene O'Hare, Mourne Mountains Brewery Ltd; Andrew Rooney, Rooney Fish; Michael Harnett, Duvillaun Fine Foods; and Barry Fitzpatrick, Sauceworks Ltd.

Mr Hood congratulated the food and drink companies recognised this year for the quality of their produce. Overall 80 producers secured 244 Great Taste Gold stars for 180 products including Hannan Meats who won the Golden Fork for Northern Ireland, 9 businesses secured wins at Irish Quality Food Awards and in the Blas Na hÉireann, Irish Food Awards 35 companies collected 42 awards, including Best Artisan, Best New Product and Best in Ulster.