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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

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

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

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

Love Your Local Christmas Tree – Look for the Logo

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Christmas Trees Presented to Jack and Jill Foundation

Local Irish food and drink may take pride of place on our Christmas shopping lists, but do we ever give a thought to the origins of the decorations? It’s something well worth thinking about before we go and lash out … Continue reading

Richard Corrigan tweets offer of home for Heritage Irish Potato Collection

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Richard Corrigan & Georgina Campbell

A ripple of excitement around L’Ecrivains lovely dining room and a spontaneous round of applause marked an unscripted high at the recent Irish Food Writers’ Guild Awards: MC, Ross Golden Bannon, had just interrupted proceedings to read a tweet from … Continue reading

10 of the Top Food Trends for 2014

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Newforge Salad copy low res

Okay so we are nearing the end of January – just in time to put forward ten of the (many) food trends that we’ll be hearing plenty about in 2014 Free-From Foods – especially gluten-free, which is breaking out of … 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

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