Author Archives: Georgina Campbell

Dublin Fishmonger Wins BIM Young Fishmonger 2016 Competition

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George Stephens BIM Young Fishmonger

A memorable awards dinner in Martin Shanahans Fishy Fishy restaurant in Kinsale, Co. Cork made a fine setting for Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Seafood Development Agency, to announce the results of the BIM Young Fishmonger 2016 competition – and … Continue reading

Irish Cheese Awards end October Month of Cheese on a High!

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Mount Leinster:Coolattin Cheddar low res

Far from being new, The Irish Cheese Awards are eagerly anticipated each year. But they have tended to move around a bit and this year, for the first time, judging culminated very fittingly with a brilliant Awards Ceremony & Dinner … Continue reading

Irish Food Writers’ Guild’s first Social Responsibility Awards!

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The contributions made by Irish food businesses, non-profit organisations and individuals to furthering social responsibility in the food sector were celebrated at the inaugural Social Responsibility Awards announced by the Irish Food Writers’ Guild on Wednesday, 14 October 2015. A … Continue reading

Real Bread Ireland and Real Bread Week

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ARBUTUS breads IFWG05 low res

Tidying my desk today I happened to come across a Slow Food Ireland article from 2011 by that great baker (and teacher) Derek O’Brien, on The Revival of Real Bread – a timely reminder that this is not only the … Continue reading

Over 95% of Irelands leading restaurateurs using more local suppliers

Rob at the pass

According to the results of a Bord Bia Just Ask! Survey conducted in July: over 95% of Ireland’s leading restaurateurs have increased the amount of local suppliers they work with in the last 12 months 85% spend in excess of … Continue reading

Making informed choices when shopping for groceries – quick guide from IFWG

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The Irish Food Writers Guild believes that: “All labelling in Ireland should be transparent, legible, unambiguous, truthful and in plain English to enable consumers to make informed choices”As food labelling is currently a serious source of confusion for consumers, the … Continue reading

Natural Fruit and No Sugar – what’s not to like about this Irish Blackcurrant Cordial?

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Des  Jeffares in The Big Shed, Ballymaloe LitFest 2015

Famed for the Ribena TV ad in which his lovely golden retrievers stole the show, Des Jeffares is the third Mr Jeffares to produce blackcurrants on the family’s Wexford farm and, from the mid-50s to 2013, the crop all went … Continue reading

Little treasures – the first new Irish potatoes are here!

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Carne new potatoes

Ah, what a joy to spot the first new Irish potatoes on a mid-May wander through the English Market. From some of our warmest growing areas – in Carne Co Wexford and Rosscarbery in West Cork -  and given a … Continue reading

Derek Davis – A Fond Farewell

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Derek Davis

Sorry news indeed, to hear of the death of Derek Davis (26 April 1948-13 May 2015). We went back a good way, right back to student days at QUB, and it’s hard to believe that he’s gone. His reassuring presence, … Continue reading

Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine 15th-17th May

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Just a few days to go to the Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine (Friday 15th- Sunday 17th May) …! Admitting that this “could just be the longest title of a food festival anywhere in Ireland”, DARINA ALLEN … Continue reading

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