The nominations were out, the shortlists were out and now the finalists have been named for the 2011 Irish Blog Awards, to be held at the Europa Hotel in Belfast on Saturday week (March 19th). I was pleasantly surprised to see Any Given Food nominated in the Best Newcomer category (and make the shortlisting following the first round of voting) but come Saturday week I’ll have my eyes firmly fixed on the Food & Drink category, with the competition there rife.
That said, two of my regular foodie reads are also in the running in the Best Newcomer category along with another blog I’ve worked on in the past (ChronicReload.com) we could see two foodie winners on the night. Here’s the food blogs that are in the final running. I’m long subscribed to all of them and reckon that they’ve all been included in a Foodie Roundup at some point so if you haven’t checked them out before, go do so now.
Best Food & Drink Blog
Best Newcomer (Food entries)
This year will be the first year that I miss out on the blog awards. I’ve been to all the awards nights in Dublin, made the trip to Cork in 2009, Galway last year (see the video above) and while new roads mean that I could get to Belfast as quick as I get to Sligo, I’ll be in the final prep, tech and dress for another show I have that opens at the Watergate Theatre in Kilkenny on the 22nd.
Last year, the core theme of the Blog Awards (and running joke) was that blogging was dead – hence the video above, put together by myself and Ross Costigan as part of the introductions to various categories. But blogging, as a medium, is very much alive. The awards woudn’t exist if it wasn’t and Any Given Food surely wouldn’t be here either.
My own blogging habits have gone from the technology side of things to food (to the point where my “main” blog is feeling pretty unloved at the moment) over the past five months or so and I’m not looking back. Here’s to celebrating a fine year for Irish blogs and bloggers and onwards to another one.