Blessed Are The Breadmakers #realbread

Biabeag (or small food to those of you without the native Irish tongue) is back in business and in January, its author, Keith Bohanna, kicks off a new series of events in Kilkenny based around real food and exploring the stories of passionate makers. It might sound like a mouthful, but Keith and a few others in the wings have assembled an interesting lineup for the first event which takes place on Saturday 25 January, 6pm at Highbank Orchards in Kilkenny.

What Happens On The Night?

Well, you’re going to meet three breadmakers from different parts of the country, each with a story to tell. They’ll share their story in their own words, then a discussion will likely kick off with everyone involved. Oh, and there will be tastings. Sure it wouldn’t be a food event without tastings so you’ll get to sample the produce from each of the makers below.

Meet The Breadmakers

Who’s going to be doing the talking on the night? Here’s who.

Joe Fitzmaurice, Cloughjordan Wood Fired Bakery

Joe comes from the family behind Blazing Salads in Dublin and these days can be found in the Cloughjordan eco-village where he happily shares pictures of his wood fired oven across Twitter.

Declan Ryan, Arbutus Bread

Declan moved from the hotel business into the bread making business in 1999, converting a small two-car garage at the front of his house into a tiny bakery. Drawing heavily from French baking techniques and styles of equipment, Arbutus employs five fulltime bakers and now distributes nationwide.

Josephine Plettenberg, Speltbakers

Jospephine runs Speltbakers, a small bakery producing spelt baquettes, rolls and soda loaves, scones and biscuits out of Gowran, Co. Kilkenny

There’s a small charge of €5 for the event which should run from 6-8pm anyway, again, on Saturday 25 January 2014. Places will be limited and can be booked online here.

Want To Share Your Own Event?

If you’re running your own event in the New Year, I’d love to hear about it. Click here to send in your event details for inclusion in the new food events guide kicking off in 2014.

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  • keith bohanna

    Thanks for the mention Ken, I am definitely looking forward to hearing their stories and definitely tasting their bread :-)

    • Ken McGuire

      Hopefully the first of many events to come. Will be expecting them to be an integral part of the events calendar in 2014 :)