Part Six: Irish food and drink producers worth getting to know

Celebrating the best of what we grow, create and produce here in Ireland – this ongoing series looks at some of the many things we create here in Ireland.

I recently got the opportunity to head to the Dingle Food Festival where I got to sample all sorts of delights.

Here are five more producers that stood out for me this week:

Silver Darlings

Silver Darlings is a rather curious seafood company specialising in the Nordic style pickling and marinating of Irish herring.

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I bought a tub of herring mixed with sandalwood and balsamic vinegar at the Dingle Food Festival and it’s so rich in flavour.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/silverdarlingsseafood

Blúiríní Blasta

From award-winning preserves, bread mixes cakes and bakes and a catering service, I grabbed a hold of Blúiríní Blasta’s passion fruit curd and it was so tasty.

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BluiriniBlasta

Green Saffron

One of the brands that Ballymaloe Cookery School loves, Green Saffron is a multi-award winning family business started by Arun Kapil in Midleton back in 2006.

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Sourcing and importing quality spices abroad, the company’s products are available in over 225 stores.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/greensaffron.masaalchi/timeline
Website: http://www.greensaffron.com/

Eight Degrees Brewing

I tasted four craft beers from Eight Degrees this week and they were superb.

With already a good mix of different flavours, their Sunburnt Irish Red Ale is fast becoming a favourite because of its caramel tones that are wonderfully balanced with aromas from New Zealand and Australian hops.

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eightdegreesbrewing
Website: http://www.eightdegrees.ie/

Achill Mountain Lamb

Calveys Butchers Keel have been producing and retailing mountain lamb for the past 50 years.

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Delivered nationwide, the lamb is rich in flavour and encapsulates all the taste of the countryside.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/achillmountain.lamb

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