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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, 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. Continue Reading →

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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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Meet The (Craft) Brewers in Kilkenny on June 7

Meet The Brewers

Meet The Brewers – Saturday 7 June in Kilkenny

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.

8 Degrees Bottle shot

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.

Metalman, Waterford

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.

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Cork and Kerry Food Forum returns in June

Cork & Kerry Food Forum returns this June

Cork & Kerry Food Forum returns this June

The Cork & Kerry Food Forum, which first took place in October 2012, has announced a return for next month with the event now open to the public and being free to attend.

City Hall in Cork is the venue for this year’s Food Forum, taking place on 30 June, the event providing a showcase for artisan produce from all over Cork and Kerry. There’s plenty of tastings and demonstrations in store from cheese producers, meat, fish, farm fresh herbs and the likes.

While the tasting and demos are one side, the Food Forum brings with it a conference for food producers, addressing opportunities in food retail, consumer trends and the new Food Academy Start programme, a joint initiative being led by Bord Bia, SuperValu and Local Enterprise Offices in Cork and Kerry (what would have been the County Enterprise Boards).

There’s a ‘meet the buyer’ event, along with the conference taking place in the first part of the day from 9am to 1pm with the Food Forum open to the public from 1pm onwards. City Hall in Cork can be contacted via

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2014 Ballymaloe Litfest in Photos

Ballymaloe Litfest 2014

Ballymaloe Litfest 2014

Saturday saw myself and Mrs. Any Given Food make the trip to the 2014 Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food & Wine. I’d spent Saturday there last year for a day’s filming and told myself at that stage if it was to take place again, I’d be down in a heartbeat. The setting, the people, the food, the weather, you can’t really get much better than it from an Irish point of view. Continue Reading →

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