Part Eight: 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:

Ponticelli Espresso

Ponticelli Coffee in Waterford was named after a small village outside Napoli.

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Its founders Stephen and Mark spent most of their lives in the hospitality sector, with the last 15 years in the coffee industry.

They roast every day in small batches of 15kg to ensure their product is fresh.

Website: http://www.ponticelli.ie/

Shortcross Gin

Handcrafted at Rademon Estate Distillery in Northern Ireland, Shortcross Gin is a small batch company.10177430_298128990373588_8693289791528007997_n

They handpick and source botanicals, draw their own fresh water, and distil the gin on a small copper still. Finally they bottle and label their product!

Website: http://shortcrossgin.com/

Heavenly Baked

Based in Tralee, Co. Kerry, Heavenly Baked create all sorts of treats from cakes, breads and cupcakes.

They made my birthday cake for my 21st (see below), and it not just looked good but tasted great too! You can find them at Tralee’s Farmers Market on Saturday mornings.

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

McNally Family Farm

A wonderful family-run farm growing seasonal and organic food who sell directly to the customer, at markets around Dublin.

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You can find them at Leopardstown Racecourse on Friday, Temple Bar Food Market on Saturday, and in The Peoples Park, Dún Laoghaire on Sundays.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/McNally-Family-Farm

Donegal Rapeseed Oil

Donegal Rapeseed Oil Company is a small, locally owned and operated company in Donegal producing 100% pure cold pressed oil from crops grown by specially selected, individual, small farm holdings dispersed throughout the county.

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Website: http://www.donegalrapeseedoil.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DonegalRapeseedOil

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