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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

Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year 2013

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Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year

With the theme of ‘Food Memories’ and a multi-stage competition culminating in a 5-course pop-up banquet (if there can be such a thing), the finale of the Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year Competition was played out this year in … Continue reading

The Real Cost of Cheap Food?

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As the horsemeat scandal rumbles on and layer upon layer of unsavoury truths continue to be revealed, it must at last be clear to the general public that the real cost of cheap food is a price far too high … Continue reading

10 of the Best Meals of 2012

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Newport House 2012 low res

We are privileged to experience the best that Ireland has to offer when we eat, stay and shop our way around the country each year, and there are always a few extra special experiences that linger in the memory long … Continue reading

Young Chefs Up For Culinary Revolution?

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Euro toques Young Chef of the Year 2012

Food as theatre took on a different meaning recently, when the Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year 2012 reached its dramatic conclusion at a pop-up event in a mystery location – which turned out to be the Smock Alley Theatre … Continue reading

Organics Under the Spotlight – Again

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Carrots from Kilkenny

So, there’s little to choose between organic and conventionally produced foods according to the results from yet another research team – this time at Stanford University’s School of Medicine, who undertook a meta-analysis (‘comprehensive synthesis of the evidence that included … 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

Best Shops in Ireland?

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Hickeys Bakery & Cafe, Clonmel

It was great to see some of our own favourites named among ‘Ireland’s Best Shops’, as recently selected by Irish Times readers and staff. As a collection, it says a lot about what makes Ireland tick – and it made … Continue reading

GREAT TASTE AWARDS: A Great British Scheme and Some Great Irish Winners!

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Great Taste Winners McCartneys of Moira

Winning awards certainly helps to sell food products but, as credibility and consumer trust are key to their long term value, there’s plenty that those aspiring to run similar schemes in Ireland could learn from Britain’s Great Taste Awards. With … Continue reading

Wet, wet, wet

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Might the Rain Itself Bring a Brighter Future for Irish Veg? Relentless rain may spell disaster for many of this season’s crops – but could that rain itself turn out to be the proverbial silver lining in the storm clouds … Continue reading