As we ready our kitchens for mince pies, chocolates, pastries, puddings, and any other number of festive treats, we're sharing some of the gorgeous food and drink producers that this country has to offer.

Adare Manor

As well as being home to one of the country's finest hotels, Adare Manor have a stunning collection of preserves that are sure to make your Christmas morning special. Poured into beautiful packaging, the hotel's batch of chutneys, honey and jam can be bought individually or as part of a luxury festive hamper.

Bon Chocolatiers

Established in 2020 by chefs Georgia Quealy and Daniel Linehan, Bon Chocolatiers create Irish artisan chocolates, hand-crafted in Athlone. The duo are both classically trained as say their "edible works of art" are made using ethically-sourced chocolate from France and Switzerland combined with gorgeous Irish cream and butter.

Chicmac

This Christmas you can add a little Seoul to your presents with a selection of gifts from Ireland's popular Korean fried chicken joint, Chimac. Chimac comes from "chi", short for "chikin" plus "mac" from "maekju", Korean for beer. Serving a uniquely Irish take on Korean cuisine with fresh local produce, Chimac has a delicious range of sauces with cute designs to brighten up your kitchen cupboard.

Blas Box from Blas na hÉireann

After completely selling out in 2021, the much anticipated third edition Blas Box from Blas na hÉireann has launched. With a selection of some of the best Blas award winners from 2021 and 2022, the Blas Box is the ultimate gift for the food enthusiast in your life. It is very limited and costs €135 per box which includes delivery to any - where in Ireland. Loads of Irish treats in one convenient delivery.

Sheridan's Cheese

If you hope to create a cheese board of dreams for guest this Christmas, look no further than Sheridans Cheesemongers. Run by Kevin Sheridan and Seamus Sheridan, this family-run company was founded in 1995, when the brothers started selling Irish farmhouse cheeses at the Galway market. Before long, they opened a shop in Galway, and the Dublin markets and the South Anne Street shop in the city centre soon followed.

Roe & Co.

If you're planning on making an alcoholic hot toddy this festive season, Roe & Co is a new premium Blended Irish Whiskey, made with the help of Master Blender Caroline Martin. The brand is named in honour of George Roe, who helped build the golden era of Irish whiskey in the 19th century.

Fire&5th

If you would like a non-alcoholic option this Christmas, Fire&5th was created to bring stimulation into an alcohol free night. Using a unique blend of natural extracts and flavourings, the signature taste notes of Chilli and Blood Orange come together with key ingredients including Ginger, Green Tea and Ginseng to give the taste buds an instant hit of fire and spice and an experience to remember.


Mahers Coffee

Mahers Coffee is a name synonymous with coffee in Cork for many generations. Acquired by John and Mary Mackey in 1991, the family-run business supplies restaurants and cafes all over Munster, as well as selling their coffee beans, teas and accessories in their brick-and-mortar home on Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork. You can also check out their products online.

Wine Lab

Based in Clane, Co. Kildare, WineLab was founded in 2013 by sustainably-minded founders Ronan Farrell, a graduate of the UC Davis Winemaking Certificate Programme, and Richie Byrne, a draught technical services manager. As well as selling individual bottles of vino from around the globe, the duo created The Bottle Project, a service that offers a six-bottle box of wines specifically curated to the buyer's taste.

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Nollaig Nog

Set up during the restrictions of Christmas 2020, Daniel McKittrick created Nollaig Nog - a handmade Irish Egg Nog. A Christmas staple in his household, the Mayo man's recipe has been passed down through his family for generations. As well as buying the drink, you can pick up five boxes of the home experience kit online for €25.

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Mella's Irish Butter Fudge

Many years ago, in Bantry in West Cork, a young school-girl started to make fudge for her local sweet shop. As time went on, having tried and tested a few career paths, that same girl found her way back to confectionery. And thank goodness for that. Using only the best ingredients, including locally produced Irish butter, Mella's Fudge comes in vanilla, rum & raisin, walnut, and chocolate.

Hassetts Bakery

In 1984, chef Michael Hassetts started his own bakery in Douglas, Co. Cork. Over the subsequent years, the business grew legs and soon had four shops in Cork to its name as well as multiple stockists across the country. Their magnificent menu includes artisan bread, cakes, pastries, tarts, biscuits, crackers, granolas, chocolates, and even ice creams.

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Miena's Handmade Nougat

Located in the Glen of Imaal, a remote glen in the western Wicklow Mountains, this homemade nougat was created in 2012 by South African woman Willemien Rust. Made in small batches, and using locally sourced ingredients, the small operation grew quickly and, before long, Willemien and her family were converting their garage into a purpose-built Nougat Kitchen.

Grá Chocolates

Created by head chef Grainne Mullins, each and every piece of Grá Chocolate is crafted with care in painstaking detail. Made in small batches in Kilchreest, Co. Galway, the bonbons are hand-painted and take a total of three days to create. As if that wasn't enough, each mould is polished individually to ensure that each piece retains its shine.

Ballymakenny Potatoes

Husband and wife team, Maria and David Flynn, have worked hard to grow six varieties of Irish heritage and speciality potatoes on their family farm in Drogheda. According to their website, the two are "farming their way through life", and it looks like they're doing a good job of it as Chef JM McMahon credits their products as "probably the best spuds in Ireland".

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Wild About

Grown on a small permaculture farm on the outskirts of Monamolin, Co. Wexford, Fiona and Malcolm Falconer have created a range of hand-crafted syrups, oils, pesto, chutneys and relishes. Specialising in native wild ingredients, and credited as Ireland's first commercial nettle farm, Wild About grow their nettles from seed in polytunnels to produce their award-winning products.

Rebel Chilli

From humble beginnings in his mother's kitchen, Paul Moore began making chilli sauce with the help of his brother, selling jars at the local farmer’s markets in Cork. In 2014, he decided to go full-time with the business and quickly found success with his range of fresh and zingy chilli sauces. Before long, Rebel Chilli won Gold for their Red Chilli at the Blas na hEireann Irish Food Awards.

Sisú

This Dublin-based startup was founded in 2015 by nutritionists Fiona and Brian McGann. Originally derived from a Finnish root word that implies determination, courage, and willpower, SiSú amounts to an all-purpose philosophy of life. They have a range of healthy products including kombucha, green juice, and turmeric shots that aim to keep your gut feeling good.

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