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Sheridan’s Irish Food Festival

Time out from shore foraging for a spot of cheese scoffing

Sheridan’s Cheesemongers are hosting another highlight of the Irish food calender next weekend in their headquarters at Virginia Road Station, Co Meath (Sheridan’s Irish Food Festival, Sunday 27 May, 10am–6pm). Read the rest of this entry

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The mother of all soups

  Isn’t there something they say about necessity? and mothers? Well if you’re like me, you probably aren’t a big fan of recipes. I mean they have their place and all. I like to read them, just not necessarily while … Read the rest of this entry

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For Food’s Sake hooks up with Inishfood

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FOR FOOD’S SAKE & INISHFOOD ask: What is the future for Irish fish?

2.30pm, Saturday 19 May, 2012

Harry’s Bar & Restaurant, Bridgend, Inishowen, Co Donegal Read the rest of this entry

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Irish flavours at English Market

Look tasty? That’s what I thought when I tucked into it on the buzzing balcony of Farmgate Cafe in the English Market at lunchtime today. I was down in Cork presenting a training session on Parma ham and Parmesan cheese … Read the rest of this entry

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Waterford Food Festival

We’re well and truly into food festival season. There’s a dizzying array of dates for your diary coming up, a list of which you’ll find at Discover Ireland’s food pages and details of which I’ll be keeping you posted on here in coming weeks.

But if my recent reports from Waterford’s less discovered corners whet your appetite for the charms of the sunny south east, this coming weekend is the time to dive in for yourself. Dungarvan plays host the Waterford Festival of Food (April 12–15), now one of the strongest food festivals in a busy calender. Read the rest of this entry

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Galway Food Festival calling

Listen. What’s that noise?

It’s Galway calling. I’ve been trying to ignore it for days, even weeks, but it won’t stop at me.

The city that’s really a village (in the same way that Dublin’s really a town) is throwing another party this weekend you see. And like all great parties – something this village-city knows a thing or two about – the best action is going to be in the kitchen.

They’re calling this party a food festival, or ‘Galway Food Festival’ to be precise, but of course a party is a party by any other name. Especially when you’ve the likes of Mr Whippy Soundsystem whipping up a soundtrack for the Feast on a Street in Crane Square on Easter Monday afternoon (with roast pig-on-a-spit from Kai & Cava, and a potato-carrying competition to boot). Read the rest of this entry

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Day Four of Irish Food Trip: the last supper(s)

It’s not what you put on the plate but what you leave off it that counts. So said chef Paul Flynn to the five bright young things of the Irish restaurant industry who were watching him prepare the foundation for what was going to be a tasting menu of one-pot cooking (see here for details of the meal itself). Paul was quoting a conversation with a Michelin inspector, which may or may not have taken place while Paul was head chef at London’s Michelin-starred Chez Nico and Nico at Ninety early in his own career. Read the rest of this entry

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Day Three of Irish Food Trip: a shore thing

By the time I awoke to sunlight streaming into my beautiful bedroom above The Tannery Cookery School on Wednesday morning, it felt like myself and the five Euro-toques Young Chef finalists I was travelling with had been away for weeks rather than days… Since hitting the road on Sunday, we had met all sorts of great Irish producers, from butchers, bakers and brewers to farmers, cheesemakers and ice-cream producers. Now it was time to meet some of the people who work with Ireland’s world-class fish and shellfish. Read the rest of this entry

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Irish Food Trip: just another sunny Sunday evening in paradise

It was still glorious by the time we got to our first port of call of our foodie road trip of the sunny South East. So last night I went for a walk before dinner, and took a stroll around the shoreline of ‘The Island’ which Waterford Castle lords it over. The boggy marsh edges of the isle looked stunning in the late Sunday sunshine. So did the water all around us, and the little boats sitting pretty. The gorse was blazing too; and though it’s still a little early for the scent to really lift it put me in mind of last year’s series of posts about gorse and wild garlic. Read the rest of this entry

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Eating Irish, any old day (or, Five Stellar Irish Foods)

Herein follows Five Stellar Irish Foods For Any Old Day (& Not Just For Paddy’s Day):

Castlemine Farm Free Range Pork: Brendan and Derek Allen are a pair of brothers from a Co Roscommon farm, run by Allens for five generations. So I guess you could say farming is in the blood. These boys do things well. Like the Eat Only Irish week they kicked off last year, which started as a Twitter conversation, became a national campaign (see here for the involvement of my For Food’s Sake colleagues) and has since turned into an online foodstore. They also do pork well… Read the rest of this entry

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