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Meet The Chocolate Makers

Meet The Chocolate Makers

Fancy meeting a trio of chocolate producers in Kilkenny this weekend?

The final Biabeag Meet The Makers event takes place in its home at Highbank Orchards this coming Saturday evening, 6.30pm.

Regular readers of Any Given Food will know I’ve had a hand in covering all of the events this year and this weekend will be no different, but what better way to send the year home than with some serious talk and tastings around all things chocolate.

Who’s Speaking?

One of the gems on the chocolate front in Kilkenny is Mary Teehan of The Truffle Fairy. Truffles, dark chocolates and a definite contender for Best Brownies In Ireland (may be somewhat of a fictional award I’m adding here), Truffle Fairy can be found in Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny and most days at the Thursday farmers market in Kilkenny.

Wexford-based Bean and Goose have some solid branding and single-origin bars behind them and they’re only off and running not much more than a year. Co-founder Karen Keane will be in the hot seat / couch on The Green Room stage.

Adding international flavour to the night is Blyss Chocolate’s Alyssa Jade McDonald who I’ve been introduced to via Keith and know online simply as BlyssLyss. As a chocolate maker, Alyssa has a serious passion for chocolate and story to match, sharing hers from bean to bar, plantation to mouth.

Get Your Tickets

You can either buy your tickets here for the wallet-friendly price of €8, or hop over to So Kilkenny (my way of introducing you to my next project) and leave a comment on the event post telling me what your favourite chocolate is. If you do that before 6pm Thursday, it could be your name out of the hat for a pair of tickets for the final night of the year. These events have been sold out, jam packed and thanks to the limited capacity and craic had, they’re literally ‘hot’ tickets.

For more, see biabeag.com.

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39 Photos from Savour Kilkenny Food Market day 1

Rory O'Connell of Ballymaloe Cookery School prepares to delve into some squid at Savour Kilkenny earlier today. Photo: Ken McGuire/Any Given Food

Rory O’Connell of Ballymaloe Cookery School prepares to delve into some squid at Savour Kilkenny earlier today. Photo: Ken McGuire/Any Given Food

For a lover of all things food, there’s nothing quite like a day at the food market as part of Savour Kilkenny. It has changed and developed over the past few years into a pure hive of activity – talks, tastings, demos, cook-offs, debates, and all backed by a village-load of traders and food producers who are cooking from the early hours of the morning. Continue Reading →

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Photos: Food Art, Fashion and the opening of Savour Kilkenny 2014

Savour Kilkenny Food Festival 2014 opening at National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny. Photo: Ken McGuire/Any Given Food

Savour Kilkenny Food Festival 2014 opening at National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny. Photo: Ken McGuire/Any Given Food

The 8th annual Savour Kilkenny Festival of Food opened tonight at the National Craft Gallery. With my So Kilkenny hat on I was there to pick up some shots of the launch and check out the Food Art Competition which included some great head pieces made from milk cartons and other recycled food packaging. Continue Reading →

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Get The Spuds On: It’s National Potato Day Tomorrow

National Potato Day

National Potato Day. Photo: Andres Poveda

Bord Bia, in conjunction with the Irish Potato Federation and the Irish Farmer’s Association, is delighted to welcome the return of National Potato Day tomorrow, Friday 3 October. Much-loved by Irish families for generations, National Potato Day celebrates a reliable favourite that not only tastes delicious and is incredibly versatile, but also provides a naturally healthy option for meal times.

Hands down, potatoes have been at the root of family dinners in Chez McGuire for years. Baked, boiled, fried, chipped, mashed, sauteed, roast or any other way you can cook them up. I’m pretty sure that if you’ve always got a bag of potatoes in the press you’ll either never go hungry or never get bored. Continue Reading →

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Photos: Meet The Roasters night in Kilkenny with Biabeag

Roasted Brown at Meet The Roasters

Ferg Brown from Roasted Brown (Dublin) was one of three roasters speaking at last night’s Biabeag ‘Meet The Roasters’ event in Kilkenny.

Highbank Orchards last night played host to the latest in a series of ‘meet the maker’ events with Biabeag.com, organised by Keith Bohanna.

The Green Stage Room at Highbank has a long family food-related history with the Calder-Potts (those responsible for the finest organic apple syrup around, amongst other cider delights) and was at capacity on Saturday evening for Jennifer Ryan of Ponaire, Ferg Brown of Roasted Brown and Brock Lewin of Badger & Dodo. Continue Reading →

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Biabeag Returns with The Art of Roasting Coffee

Biabeag‘s Meet The Makers series of events is back this month and with thanks to the organisers, I’d like to give two people the chance to attend on Saturday 20 September at no cost. Check below for giveaway details.

Coffee is such a hot topic in the food world at the moment so it’s pretty apt that this month’s gathering of producers draws on those involved in the world of coffee roasting.

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Grogan & Brown Birthday Celebrations in Kilkenny

A 6oz Hereford steak burger from Grogan & Brown that hit my barbecue last week. Delicious.

A 6oz Hereford steak burger from Grogan & Brown that hit my barbecue last week. Delicious.

Since the sun has decided to come out more in the past few weeks, I’ve found myself dropping into Grogan & Brown Artisan Butchers in Kilkenny more often in the past few weeks. Ever the helpful crew, the lads in there are full of chat, advice, tips and offer a really good range of fresh meat, veg and bread, a lot of which is sourced locally in Kilkenny. Continue Reading →

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