Plum and Ginger Cider shortlisted for accolade at Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards

A  GREAT tasting cider produced from Armagh’s famous apples has been shortlisted in the prestigious Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards 2016.

Plum and Ginger, a cider which is rosé in colour with delicate bubbles making it a perfect spring-summer tipple, is produced by Mac Ivors Cider Co in orchards on the family farm at Ardress in the food heartlands.

Greg MacNeice, a fifth generation apple grower, has brought the latest edition to the Mac Ivors Cider Co range to market in the last few months and reviews to date are more than complimentary.

Named in the Irish Examiner recently as its ‘Cider of the Week’, Plum and Ginger is certainly making its mark and is earning its prime position in bars, restaurants and off-licenses across Ireland.

Speaking about the shortlist announcement, Mr MacNeice said: “To win an Irish Quality Food and Drink Award would be a huge accolade for Mac Ivors Cider Co especially for Plum and Ginger which has hit the market quite recently.

“It is a busy marketplace and we are very lucky in that we are attracting a new generation of cider drinkers as well as satisfying the appetite of people who have been drinking cider for a much longer period of time.

“Mac Ivors Plum and Ginger cider is the outcome of our continued commitment to create deliciously different ciders to provide new taste experiences, and, based on tastings in bars and supermarkets as well as at major industry festivals in Belfast and Dublin, the feedback is amazing.

“Plum and Ginger are two fantastic flavours in their own right but combine them with the taste of real County Armagh apples, and you have a winning combination. The plum provides a rounded, fruity flavour while the ginger adds a subtle amount of heat to the finish.

“We are delighted to have been announced as a finalist so we are hoping to take back an Irish Quality Food and Drink Award to County Armagh.”

The awards, which are in their fourth year now, will take place at The Round Room at the Mansion House in Dublin on September 8 and are open to all food and drink retailers, producers and manufacturers north and south of Ireland.

The glittering ceremony will be hosted by Ballymaloe Celebrity Chef and cookery author Rachel Allen.

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