Part Seven: 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.

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

Ummera Smokehouse

Situated in Timoleague om Cork, Ummera is an award-winning artisan smokehouse that produces organic smoked salmon, cured and smoked chicken and duck and smoked dry-cured rashers.

I can officially say what they produce at the smokehouse is beautiful.


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The Toonsbridge Dairy

The Toonsbridge Dairy was founded by Real Olive Company’s, Toby Simmonds, and his neighbouring farmer Johnny Lynch.

Based in the heart of West Cork, they produce lovely cheeses made from Buffalo milk!


Their buffalo mozzarella and haloumi is particularly delicious.


Clotilde’s Fruit Compote

Clotilde’s Fruit Compote is dessert made with 100% fruit with no sugar, no preservatives or colouring.


Made in Glanworth, on a farm, Clotilde is French woman who has been making compote for her family for many years.

She now sells her pots in Supervalu & Centra shops and at the Douglas Farmers’ Market in Cork.


Lizzie May’s Cakes

Specializing in decorated cookies which are custom made to suit any special occasion – Gail’s cookies are made from free range eggs, real butter and Madagascan vanilla bean paste.


I tasted some of Gail’s treats at the Ballymaloe Literary Festival this year and they were lovely!


Achill Island Sea Salt

Based in Co. Mayo, Achill Island Sea Salt is a natural product hand harvested from the wild Atlantic waters on the Blue Flag Keel Beach.


Bringing out the depth of natural flavors to a dish, the salt also adds to presentation and texture.



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