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Making informed choices when shopping for groceries – quick guide from IFWG

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The Irish Food Writers Guild believes that: “All labelling in Ireland should be transparent, legible, unambiguous, truthful and in plain English to enable consumers to make informed choices”As food labelling is currently a serious source of confusion for consumers, 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

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

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

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

A Taste of GALWAY…

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PINT & OYSTER in Morans

This stunning county epitomises Ireland for many visitors and its rugged landscape and cold, clean, Atlantic waters produce some exceptional foods. Fish and seafood abound and reverentially respected specialities include some of the best smoked salmon you’ll eat anywhere  and, … Continue reading

A Taste of West Waterford

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Tannery Cookery School

West Waterford Festival of Food (10-13 April 2014) Ah, wonderful West Waterford, that diverse and somehow mysterious area south-west of Waterford city. Embraced by the borders of Tipperary and Cork, and with a long coastline backed by mountains and river … Continue reading

10 of the Top Food Trends for 2014

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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

BIM Winkles Out the Brightest and Best of Irelands Young Fishmongers

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BIM Young Fishmonger of the Year Award

BIM, the Seafood Development Agency, came up with a great idea when they decided to BIM Final Young Fishmonger Awards  2013 hold a competition to winkle out the brightest and best of Ireland’s young fishmongers. These innovative awards are designed … Continue reading

Top 20 Irish Artisan Gift Foods

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Irish artisan foods make great gifts and support small family-run businesses, so how about making up a DIY hamper with your favourites? For ideas, I’ve drawn up a delicous Top 20 selection of my own favourites from around the country … Continue reading