There it was. Nag, nag, nagging me over the last few days.
The gnarly question of just how to follow up the excitement of this week’s triumphant Paddy’s Day Food Parade? A tricky one, methought. Something special was required.
Happily, as it turns out, there was something extra special coming my way…
On Friday evening, the finalists were announced for this year’s Irish Blog Awards, and this here Spud was very proud to be found occupying a spot on the list in the Food and Drink category, which is once again sponsored by An Bord Bia. It was an absolute privilege and thrill to win in this category last year and I am honoured to be amongst such excellent company on the finalists list again this time ’round. And trust me, my fellow finalists – Ice Cream Ireland, The Beer Nut, The Grapes Of Sloth and The Good Mood Food Blog – are worthy of your attention, every one.
The awards will be announced next Saturday at the annual Irish Blogs Hooley in Galway and, whether I get to keep my crown or not, I reckon that I should, at the very least, tart myself up for the occasion. While it’s probably fair to assume that the judges will not be swayed by good looks – and, let’s face it, I clearly have an unfair advantage over my fellow finalists in the general good looks department – it surely won’t do any harm to cut a dash at the awards do.
Question is, do you think it suits me? I must admit that I’m particularly fond of the jaunty red handbag myself and – because this might well be the only thank-you speech I get to make – I would particularly like to thank my stylists Tim, Brian and Aoife for their good taste in kitting me out. If nothing else, I think that I’ll have the award for Best Dressed Spud all sewn up.