GRANDMOTHERS’ DAY 2013 takes place this coming weekend, the two-day mini festival returning to Sandbrook House in Ballon, Co. Carlow this Saturday and Sunday. It’s a weekend of celebration by Slow Food Ireland who, over the course of the two days will look at our Irish food heritage and encourage families to get together in remembering lost skills and pass on “inherited wisdom, and celebrate good, clear fair food”.
Saturday sees Slow Roots, a food symposium taking place. The focus here is on education and in exploring how our Irish Food Heritage can create employment for this generation. There’s a string of speakers and environmentalists on hand to share their insights and knowledge on how our food culture, growers and producers can enrich rural communities and create jobs.
Members of Slow Food Ireland will be cooking lunch on the Saturday as a result of the Slow Food Challenge, with all elements of the meal locally sourced, foraged and produced with some of the finest seasonal ingredients. In what was a great element of the Waterford Harvest Food Festival last year, Saturday wraps up with a Fulacht Fiadh (break out the history books here). If you’ve never seen one in action or always wondered how our Irish ancestors cooked thousands of years ago, here’s your chance.
Sunday then is Grandmothers’ Day itself, kicking off at 11am for a full celebration of Irish food heritage. There’s a day-long farmers market, workshops for the family, food tastings, cookery demos and more. Saturday’s symposium event costs €30 and admission on the Sunday is €10 and includes free entry to all children with one adult, free car parking; free entry to all talks and the market. Please note that some demonstrations will have a small cover charge – sign up on the day on a first come, first served basis.