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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

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

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Litfest2014-12

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

Galway Food Festival 2015, April 2nd-6th

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Galway Food Fest

If you’re thinking about how to spend your Easter bank holiday weekend, Dee Laffan suggests that a good idea for a fun-filled weekend would be to head west for the fourth annual Galway Food Festival, taking place from Thursday 2nd … Continue reading

Young Stars

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BIM Young Fishmonger of the year 2015 low res

Two very  interesting competitions – the BIM Young Fishmonger and the Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year – have recently reached their respective finales, each following different but equally rigorous judging processes that involve contestants ‘in the round’, testing them … Continue reading

Georgina Campbell Awards – Winners

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Georgina Campbell Awards Winners

A great day was had by all today at Bord Bia Head Office in Dublin where the annual Georgina Campbell Awards were held. It’s always an invigorating experience to be surrounded by a group of individuals from within the top … Continue reading

Westport Food Festival

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Westport Food Festival 2014 low res

A highlight of the autumn festival season, The Westport Food Festival is a lovely event where quality and encouraging everyone to make a genuine contribution (while having a thoroughly good time) is far more important than attracting huge crowds. Although … Continue reading

The Delight Is In The Detail – Dish Of The Month: Strawberry Fool with Pink Peppercorn Shortbread Biscuits

Finn's Table Strawberry Fool with Pink Peppercorn Shortbread

Finding unfussy, seasonal dishes, skilfully prepared by people who value the top quality fresh ingredients supplied by local producers is one of the great joys of travelling around Ireland. And never mind the devil, it’s the delight that’s in the … Continue reading

A Taste of WEXFORD…

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Wexford strawberries

Savour the delicious treats that Wexford’s fertile land offers and discover some of the region’s culinary gems A favourite holiday destination for Irish families, Wexford is blessed with a benign climate and can boast Ireland’s sunniest coastline, lush river valleys … Continue reading

Best Ever Quick and Easy Christmas Cake

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Country Choice stand RDS 2012

Seeing all the lovely Christmas bakes at the Food&Wine Christmas Show and the (excellent) Food Hall at the National Crafts & Design Fair over the last couple of weekends has reminded me that there are loads of similar fairs going … Continue reading

The Big Fat Calories Debate

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Minister for Health James Reilly probably has more pressing matters on his mind at the moment, but it’s too much to hope that his proposal for calories on menus will just go away. Once the political air has cleared, it … Continue reading