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 →
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 →
You know it’s World Egg Day tomorrow, right? Well, to celebrate the occasion, Bord Bia is encouraging Irish consumers to try one of its tasty egg-based recipes for lunch or dinner using Bord Bia Quality Assured eggs. Continue Reading →
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 →
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 →
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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We’re officially half way through the year and there’s plenty of events taking place around Ireland over the course of the month. Here’s just some of those taking place around the country over the next few weeks. If you’ve got anything to add, check the link at the end of the post to submit your event. Continue Reading →
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 →
It’s hard to believe we’re already into June which puts us pretty much at the height of food and drink festival season. Here’s a few events that are taking place around the country this month. If you’ve got something to add, just leave a comment below and I’ll get it on the list. Continue Reading →
Update Tuesday 3 June: Word in via email this evening that the Meet The Brewers event for this weekend has been cancelled. Ticket refunds are underway for those who bought tickets but it also means the giveaway for tickets will now be scrapped. Here’s what would have happened on the night and what may happen on a future date…
Three of Ireland’s much loved craft breweries will be represented at Meet The Brewers, the next Biabeag event in Kilkenny on Saturday 7 June out at Highbank Orchards. With the surge in interest in craft beer in Ireland, if you’re interested in heading along, I’ve got two pairs of tickets to give away for the night as well (it is a limited ticket-only event), but first, here’s who you’ll get to meet.
Eight Degrees, Mitchelstown
While I’ve yet to sample Eight Degrees draught, it’s proven quite the popular addition to restaurants and bars in Kilkenny in bottle form. Started by a Kiwi and an Aussie and based in Mitchelstown, Co. Cork, their Howling Gale Ale is one of the most enjoyable on the market at present. Foodwriter and broadcaster Caroline Hennessy (of Bibliocook) is also part of the 8 Degrees fold. FYI, Caroline has been known to make some awesome Knockmeal Down Porter (one of the Eight Degrees brews) brownies.
White Gypsy, Templemore
Based in Templemore, White Gypsy opened their brewery doors in August 2009, picking up awards for the best lager in Ireland in its first year. Offering a Ruby Irish Red Ale (4.6%) and a Blond Weissbeer (4%) along with a selection of bottled beers, Cuilan Loughnane will be on hand on Saturday night to provide the backstory to his path through brewing in Ireland and that of the White Gypsy Brewery.
When it comes to craft draught, I love a good pint of Metalman Pale Ale and they’ve been my go to ‘on tap’ since coming across Metalman Alternator in Waterford in 2012 (plus they’ve got a tap at Brewery Corner in Kilkenny so that helps). Gráinne Walsh will be on hand on saturday to share the Metalman story having opened their doors in the old sail factory in Waterford’s Tycor estate a few years ago. There’s a link there too between White Gypsy and Metalman with Cuilan having brewed Gráinne and Tim’s first batches of Metalman Pale Ale while their own brewery was going under construction, that in itself should make for interesting conversation on how (technically) competitiors are working together to support the industry.
Get tickets & more information
Tickets are priced €8 each for the night which will kick off at 6pm in Highbank Orchards and continue until around 8pm. You can buy your tickets here, or take a chance on winning some tickets below!
Win a pair of tickets to Meet The Brewers
I’ve got four tickets to give away in two pairs and if you’re up for a trip to meet these craft brewers in Kilkeny on June 7, hear their story and sample their wares, simply leave a comment below telling me what your favourite craft beer is (and it doesn’t need to be one of the aforementioned producers!)
Open to ROI residents only, you must be available to travel on the night, entrants must be over 18. Competition closes 6pm Wednesday 4 June, winners announced and contacted shortly after.