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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

St Patrick’s Food is Back on the Menu

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ReginaSexton

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

Real Bread Ireland and Real Bread Week

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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

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

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

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: Fresh Crab Salad

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Aherne's Crab Salad

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 MAYO

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Local food producers' trail, supported by Mulranny Park Hotel

A very special place for anglers, walkers and anyone with a natural empathy for big scenery and untamed wildness, Mayo really is magnificent. A highlight of the Wild Atlantic Way (www.failteireland.ie/wildatlanticway) west coast driving route, its character is defined by … Continue reading