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Meet The Brewers This June

Meet The Brewers: 8 Degrees, Brú Brewery and O'Brother Brewing
Meet The Brewers: 8 Degrees, Brú Brewery and O’Brother Brewing

The Biabeag events continue to make their mark in Dublin (as a break away from Kilkenny) and this month in partnership with Cooks Academy there’s a chance to catch up with three of Ireland’s craft breweries in an after work session on Monday 15 June.

From the old guard to the new boys, there’s a good spread of experience on the agenda with panelists including Caroline Hennessy (8 Degrees, set up in 2011), Daire Harlin (Brú Brewery, set up in 2013) and Barry O’Neill (O’Brother Brewing, founded this year).

The night should provide some interesting insights into three different stages of Ireland’s ever growing craft beer sector. Tickets are €15 and can be booked here. You’ll find Cooks Academy at 19 South William Street, Dublin 2.

5 food events to hit this June

June 2015 Food Events & Festivals in Ireland

If we’re to believe the calendar, we’re now officially in the summer in Ireland though as with an Irish summer, the weather begs to differ. If you’re planning on jumping in the car this month to catch an event or festival and spend a few days indulging yourself with the best of Irish food, here’s a few dates to circle in your calendar. Find more events here.

So Sligo Food & Culture Festival

10-14 June, SoSligo.ie

I’ve managed to recitfy my failed intentions of getting to the fatherland in years past by booking myself in for Só Sligo this year, the festival getting underway on 10 June and running until the 14th.

There’s a two day programme of talks, tastings and discussions in the Factory Performance space at Quay Street looking at artisan beer making, tastings with local food heroes, raw food, a pop-up fermentation bar, a look at Irish seaweeds and more besides. Galway’s Aniar returns to The Model with a pop up restaurant, there’s a cookery book swap, the World Irish Stew Championship and you’ll find lots of local bars and eateries weighing in with music and food offers across the weekend. [Read More…]

Real Wine Month kicks off in shops and restaurants around Ireland

Real Wine Month celebrates the best of organic and biodynamic wine across the month of May
Real Wine Month celebrates the best of organic and biodynamic wine across the month of May

Spearheaded by Kilkenny’s artisan wine importers Le Caveau, Real Wine Month is bringing together restaurants, wine bars, shops and off licenses around the country in a celebration of all things real wine. Last year’s initiative ran for the month of April and brought together over 50 outlets, the hope for 2015 being that more will be involved by the end of the month.

Officially getting underway today, Real Wine Month runs until 31 May. Those involved this year so far include Ballymaloe House (Cork), Chapter One (Dublin), China Sichuan (Dublin), Whitefriar Grill (Dublin), Cliff House Hotel (Waterford), World Wide Wines (Waterford), La Touche Wines (Wicklow) and more.

Locally to me in Kilkenny, Le Caveau are on board along with Zuni, Anocht at Kilkenny Design, Campagne and The Grapvevine on Rose Inn Street.

Along with outlets promoting wines to their diners and customers, there are demos, tastings and interviews planned with more details going live on realwinemonth.com later today.

What is real wine?

Ask the experts behind the initiative and you’ll be told that real wine is “wine that has been made organically or biodynamically and with minimal intervention in the winery”. We’re talking no chemicals, no secret ingredients, just pure fermented grape juice, lovingly crafted into something beautiful. Sounds good, doesn’t it?

The Kilkenny Roots Festival Breakfast

The 'Brunch' at Matt The Millers in Kilkenny is the perfect tonic for those looking for an all day breakfast at festival time. It's available until 3pm.
The ‘Brunch’ at Matt The Millers in Kilkenny is the perfect tonic for those looking for an all day breakfast at festival time.

There’s a few of us each year that invest time heavily into the Kilkenny Roots Festival programme. For four days over the May Bank Holiday weekend (it concludes tonight, or likely some point very early tomorrow morning) the creme of roots, Americana, country, rockabilly and more descend on Kilkenny where it’s wall-to-wall music from Friday to Monday.

So when you regard breakfast as being the most important meal of the day and you’re facing into four or five gigs as you traverse the Marble City, it stands to reason that you should be aiming high in terms of what you can eat – or how much you can eat. [Read More…]

Good news for The Burren Food Trail

John Sheedy-Sheedy's Restaurant, Birgitta Hedin Curtin-Burren Smokehouse, Jason Horner-Leen Organics and Gerry Sweeney-Burren Seafoods. Photograph by Yvonne Vaughan
John Sheedy-Sheedy’s Restaurant, Birgitta Hedin Curtin-Burren Smokehouse, Jason Horner-Leen Organics and Gerry Sweeney-Burren Seafoods.
Photograph by Yvonne Vaughan

The Burren Food Trail, along with the Wild Atlantic Way So Sligo Food Trail, Cong Food Village and West Waterford have been named as the four Irish finalists for this year’s European Destination of Excellence (EDEN for short) competition. After a period of judging in the next week or so, the overall winner will be announced on Friday 22 May.

It all makes developments happening in the West and North West of the country very exciting.

Launched by the Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark and the Burren Ecotourism Network as the Mid West’s first food trail in 2013, the Burren Food Trail is supported by an innovative schedule of food events taking place every Monday from May to October.

Cathleen Connole, owner/ Manager of "Burren Fine Wine and Food". Photo Nic Mac Innes
Cathleen Connole, owner/ Manager of “Burren Fine Wine and Food”. Photo Nic Mac Innes

The events showcase the regions cuisine and provide a unique food experience in the amazing landscape that is the Burren. Members of the Food Trail place an emphasis on the use of local ingredients and are committed to building a sustainable future for the region through food.

Held every two years, EDEN focuses on a different aspect of tourism each time with the winning destination to receive a promotional photo shoot to market itself as well as €5,000 towards highlighting its attractions. The winning entry will also represent Ireland at a ceremony/exhibition in Brussels later this year.

Best of luck to all those behind each of the initiatives in the west, mid-west, north-west and West Waterford.

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This is an Irish food blog, written by Ken McGuire. I'm a designer, developer, theatremaker, radio presenter, podcaster and more but I absolutey love food - cooking, restaurants, getting out to food events, discovering new food products, meeting food producers, trying new food gadgets and all the rest.

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