Meet The Producers & Win: The Distiller, The Chocolatier and The Cheese Maker

Some Knockdrinna Farmhouse Cheese. Photo: Good Food Ireland
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The popular Biabeag ‘Meet The Makers’ series of food producer talks has grown legs in recent months. Starting out almost two years ago at Highbank Orchards, more recent gatherings have been happening at Cooks Academy in Dublin. For Savour Kilkenny, however, the talks return for a hat-trick of events for Friday, Satuday and Sunday.

Win tickets to this event at the bottom of the post or via Any Given Food on Facebook

Up first are the distiller, the chocolatier and the cheese maker, or, Julier Calder-Potts, Mary Teehan and Helen Finnegan.

Julie, along with husband Rod, are responsible for the Highbank brand which has extended beyond juices and syrups to now include Ireland’s smallest distillery, located at their home in Cuffesgrange, Co. Kilkenny.

The distillery itself will be up and running a year in December, evil their award-winning orchard syrup has been a main stay in my kitchen press for the past five years.

Mary Teehan operates The Truffle Fairy, found in Thomastown but also with a much-loved market presence in Dublin. If you ever have the opportunity to nab one of The Truffle Fairy’s brownies on market day in Kilkenny, please do not pass it up.

Finally, Helen Finnegan has been producing award-winning cheeses (including a British Champion cheese) for the past number of years at Knockdrinna Farmhouse Cheese in Stoneyford, Co. Kilkenny.

All three producers have been tasked with coming up with a single product for the event, all playing to their own strengths.

With up to 25 minutes each to talk about their own products and business, it’s a collaborative panel building towards a new product that makes up the remainder of the evening, all fuelled by audience involvement and chaired by Biabeag’s Keith Bohanna.

If you fancy heading along, I’ve got a pair of tickets to give away to this event – simply leave your name below in the comments or via Any Given Food on Facebook and I’ll pull a winner before the weekend.

This Meet The Makers event takes place Friday 23 October in Butler House from 6-8pm as part of Savour Kilkenny. Tickets can also be purchased here.

Join Julie Calder Potts, from Highbank Orchard; Mary Teehan, from Truffle Fairy and Siobhán Ní Gháirbhith, from St Tola in an after dinner treats inspired evening. Syrup and spirits from organic apple are the centrepiece of this trio’s work with chocolates and cheese being added liberally.

Written by Ken McGuire

Writes and talks a lot about food, spending way too much time in the kitchen or behind the lens taking photos. Digital Media Specialist by day, broadcaster by night, living in Kilkenny with Mrs. Any Given Food and two crazy rescue hounds.