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Cloughjordan Eco Village – Not Just A Utopian Dream

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Irish Food Writers Guild

Having whizzed by the sign on the M7 many a time, a visit to Cloughjordan Eco Village was long overdue – so an invitation to take in lunch and the conducted tour of this inspiring place on our Irish Food … Continue reading

Celebrate the Butter Season at UCC

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Regina Sexton

May Day Milk Magic at University College Cork [Thursday, 14th April 2016, free admission - details below] Sweet cream butter, fermented cream butter, fresh milk butter, fermented milk butter and even whey butter and bog butter: Ireland has a long … Continue reading

St Patrick’s Food is Back on the Menu

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The fermented and wild foods St Patrick dined on in the 5th century are back among the hottest food trends internationally, according to UCC food historian Regina Sexton. “This was neither a throw-away nor a take-away society and people took … Continue reading

Leading Light – Rua Accolade for Championing Local Foods

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County Mayo’s well deserved reputation as a leading light in Ireland’s good food revolution is down to the hard work and determination of a relatively small but growing number of dedicated people – and it would be hard to imagine … 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

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