Last week I kickstarted a continuous series of some of the best food and drink producers on our Irish soils.
I absolutely love things that are produced in Ireland and when I see companies that embrace local my heart soars.
Here are five more producers in Ireland that make the most of what we have to offer (link to part one at the bottom):
Nothing says tradition like a family business. If you’re looking to branch off from big brands, check out these yogurts from Killowen Farm (I can confirm that they’re both fresh AND tasty).
This award-winning yogurt is handmade in Co. Wexford and is smooth and creamy. I personally love pouring it over granola!
Irish Bee Sensations
Who can say no to honey? This Cork company is 100% Irish and uses fresh ingredients to make yummy jams and honey-based foods. You can just imagine how good this stuff is drizzled over some toast.
These bee lovers have scooped a variety of awards including being crowned Pride of Ireland Grand Champions and Blas na hÉireann winners.
The clue’s in the title – these cheese producers make amazing blue cheese! Combine it with Irish Bee Sensations’ honey and you’ve the ultimate treat.
Handmade Irish farmhouse cheese from Castlebellingham in Co. Louth, it’s won numerous awards reaching international fame. All of their raw milk comes from a single closed herd of grass-fed Friesians.
The texture is slightly crumbly and the finish is long and smooth with a delicious hint of salt.
Take a trip to Dunhill in Waterford and you’ll come across some great local producers. Tastefully Yours are Artisan Producers of Gourmet Chutneys, Relishes and Pickles (lash a bit over some crackers and you’re sorted!)
All products are hand crafted by Norbert Thul and Audrea Hassett and to date they’ve won the Bridgestone Best in Ireland 2011 Award and the Megabytes Newcomer of the year for 2010 Award.
Arbutus Artisan Bread
Based in the Rebel County, if you’re looking for one of the finest bread makers in Ireland Arbutus is where it’s at.
Produced by Declan Ryan, Ireland’s the first Michelin Star chef, he and his team make fresh bread that would make you cry with happiness. Using traditional artisan methods, the many loaves keep many tummies very satisfied.
Part One: The Cupcake Bloke, Corleggy Cheeses, Newgrange Gold, Keogh’s Farm, The Wild Irish Foragers and Preservers.
I’m always on the hunt for companies to feature on site. If you think this could be something you’d like, drop me an email to unaminh[at]gmail[dot]com with the name of your company – or who you’re representing – where you’re based and I’ll see what I can do! (Subject line: Feature on Spill the Beans)
(All images via company Facebook pages)