21st Jun 2023

PRIDE SPECIAL: Dublin LGBTQIA+ owned food and drink brands 2023

A rainbow-washing-free Pride?

June is Pride Month: when the LGBTQIA+ community jumps to the forefront of public awareness. Commercial brands worldwide advocate Pride, and it’s not without controversy, with criticism that certain activities risk a “commodification” of the gay rights movement.

At Fooditude, we want to do right by the LGBTQIA+ community.

Yes, inclusion and diversity are taken seriously within our company culture. And we benefit from our team’s talents, who hold a wide range of sexual or gender identities. 

Absolutely! We love helping our clients celebrate with LGBTQIA+ parties within their teams.

But during Pride, we want to highlight what we think is awesome outside of our own company.


Celebrating Pride the Foodie Way

We’ve reflected on finding some LGBTQIA+ owned food and drink brands that we think deserve a celebration. Without further ado: here’s a list of LGBTQIA+ owned food and drink brands we love…


LGBTQIA+ foodie brands to support

Harry’s Nut Butter

Harry Colley worked as a chef in Dublin until his peanut butter dream became reality! His handmade peanut butter was a hit with everyone who tried it, so Harry took his product to the market…

Whether you want a classic peanut butter or want to test the waters with his extra hot variety, Harry has multiple flavours of peanut butter to choose from, so you’ll never be stuck for inspiration.


Cupcake Bloke

Graham Herterich (The Cupcake Bloke) opened his first outlet ‘The Bakery’ in Rialto in 2018. The winner of numerous Chef Ireland Awards, Graham is well known for his creativity…

His conventional (and some unusual) flavour combinations bring the fun to baked goods. They’ll surely put a pep in your step! 


Two Boys Brew

Want to show some support in person? Check out Two Boys Brew…

From Down Under to Dublin, Kevin & Taurean made their café dreams a reality. The couple left Australia and flew to Dublin to open a thriving specialty coffee and food space in Phibsborough. 

Two Boys Brew celebrates everyone who walks in their door. Online too, their business profile has activated the LGBTQ-friendly attribute and is identified as a ‘Transgender safe space’. As Taurean say’s…

‘Being LGBTQ+ ourselves, we know the importance in making people feel safe and valued.’

It’s been so successful, they’ve just opened their second location – Milo’s, based in the heart of Drumcondra.


Looking for more foodie inspo? 

Gastro Gays

Patrick Hanlon and Russell Alford are food and travel writers. This couple decided to turn hobby into profession and have been blogging on Gastro Gays for over five years. 

In fact, they’ve just released their debut book ‘Hot Fat’ – which has got all sorts of recipes for you to devour!


Psst. Don’t forget to check out https://www.queersinfoodandbeverage.com/ – it’s an incredible platform that shines light on LGBTQIA+ people within the industry. That’s the positive representation we like to see.


That’s a wrap

We want to shine a light on exceptional LGBTQIA+ food and drink brands. Because we know that in our industry, ‘feeding people happy’ can only be achieved if inclusivity is at the heart of anything. There’s no space for prejudice here, and LGBTQIA+ food and drink brands are making all the difference in making positive change happen.