The winners of the Irish food awards, Blas na hÉireann 2020, have been announced. 

They're often called the "Irish food Oscars", and for good reason. Each year the Blas na hÉireann awards highlight the best of Irish produce, and this year's crop of winners are no different. 

And it was an Irish take on a Jewish classic that emerged as the top winner this year, as Dublin's historic Bretzel Bakery was named as the Supreme Champion in this year's awards. 

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Open since 1870 and currently run by William Despard, Bretzel Bakery is a Portobello institution, churning out Jewish classics like bagels and Challah bread alongside sourdough loaves and sweet pastries. But it's its Pain de Maison Boule that has been celebrated in this year's Blas na hÉireann awards. 

In a post on Instagram, the bakery noted how difficult a year this has been for producers, writing "It has been a hugely upsetting time for producers up and down the country, and our own experience echoes that of many others". 

"With the lockdown(s) creating a new interest in real bread & sourdough in particular our customers soon taught us that even when the economy stops, the demand for good bread doesn't."

The bakery was also named as Best in Country, and also picked up an award for its seeded sourdough in the Yeast Bread category. 

It's been a challenging year for the Irish food and hospitality industry, with businesses trying to navigate the changing tides of Covid-19 restrictions.

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But it's also seen many people stop and recognise the huge amount of incredible food producers we have in the country, as more shoppers focused on the local produce around them.

Ensuring your can fill your table with the best in Irish produce, winners were announced across many categories, including bacon, bread, butter and sweet treats. 

The Little Cheesecake Shop was named Best in Connaught, Irish Gourmet Butter the Best in Munster and Maud's Ice Cream the Best in Ulster. Islander Kelp was awarded the Best Seafood Innovation prize for their Spicy Relish, while the award for Best Startup went to Kerry Kefir.

Irish Gourmet Butter's Lightly Salted Butter was also named as the Best Artisan product and Best Butter, and their Wild Garlic Butter picked up an award for Best Flavoured Butter. Bó Rua Farm's Whole Milk was awarded Best Milk and Maud's Ice Cream's Poor Bear's Delight was named as Best Ice Cream. 

O'Neill's Dry Cured Bacon Co's Back Rashers were awarded the Best Bacon gong, while West Cork Eggs were named as the Best Eggs in the competition. The award for Best Black Pudding went to Loughnane's of Galway, while the award for White Pudding went to Jack & Eddie's. 

When it comes to the sweet stuff, it was Le Patissier's Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart that won the prize for pastries and tarts, and the award for Best Chocolate Cake went to The Butler's Pantry for their Gateaux Laurence. 

Velo Coffee Roaster's Ranagiri Catuai Indian roast won the gong for Best Coffee, while McEntee's Irish Afternoon Tea was named the best brew.