Category Archives: Word of Mouth

Date set for Westport food festival’s Secret Supper

Tickets are flying out the window for Westport Food Festival’s new headline event, Secret Supper.

Secret Supper is described as being similar to “Come Dine With Me”, but with the twist being that dinners won’t know where they’ll be eating until the night itself.

Featuring a five-course meal, dining venues will be revealed on September 7th at a pre-dinner drinks reception in the Clock Tavern, High Street at 5.30pm.

Diners will then head off to their secret meal at 7.30pm before returned for the festival’s closing party. Diners will be invited to scor their meals and the venue with the best scoring average will be crowned the winner of the Michael Ruane Memorial Chefs’ Challenge.

This is the fourth year of the annual festival and will be taking place over the weekend of September 5th – 7th.

Tickets for this event are priced at €35 each and are on sale now from The Wyatt Hotel or online (+€5 online booking fee).

For more information on the Westport Food Festival, visit

(Image via Westport Food Festival on Facebook)

Breakfast Bites – Learn how to develop a new food business

Looking for some inspiration on how to develop a food or drink product for market and grow your business? Why not head along to this free event this Thursday.

Date: 24th July

Time: 8:20am – 9:20am with refreshments served from 8:00am

Location: Food Safety Authority of Ireland, Abbey Court, Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1

Organised by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland,  “Breakfast Bites” is a series of free, informal breakfast meetings for food businesses.

The aim of the meetings is to provide practical information on topics for those who are working on their own, in a small food business or  who want to get a new food business off the ground. 

Ciara McDonagh of Teagasc’s Food Industry Development Department will give an overview of the main stages involved in developing a new product, focusing on the technical requirements and important scale-up factors.

She works with small food businesses and startups, providing advice on how they can turn their ideas into real food products.

There will be an opportunity to ask her questions at the end of the presentation.

Register online for the event here.

(Image via Wikimedia Commons/Acdx)

Ballymaloe Cookery School’s Long Table Dinner to take place on July 22nd

Food lovers, this one’s for you. Ballymaloe Cookery School will be hosting a Long Table Dinner in one of their famous glasshouses on July 22nd.

The event begins in the late afternoon with a glass of bubbly, then followed by a stroll through the grounds and gardens where guests will eventually end up in the glasshouses (home to a vast array of vegetables and herbs).

Rory O’Connell and his team will cook up a storm and will serve an exclusive meal for 100 guests.

Now an annual meal at the school, tickets for the prestigious event are €120 and can be booked online here, or you can call the Cookery School Tel: + 353 21 4646785 or email:

(Image via Cooking is Fun)

Tips for tasting chocolate on July 7th’s World Chocolate Day

One for the chocoholics of Ireland – July 7th officially marks the day where you can happily gorge yourself on chocolate guilt free, because it’s World Chocolate Day!

Skelligs Chocolate

So whether you love favour white, milk or dark chocolate or prefer the traditional chocolate bar over a rich gooey chocolate brownie – Skelligs chocolate has you covered (being from Kerry – I can confirm that it does taste delicious).

Below, Skelligs Chocolate share their top tips for tasting chocolate:

  • Make sure you’re somewhere you won’t get distracted
  • Store your chocolate in a cool, dry place, never in the fridge and serve at room temperature.
  • Begin with the chocolate with the lowest percentage of cocoa and work your way up.
  • Clear your palate between each piece of chocolate egg with water and lime – make sure nothing gets in the way of tasting your chocolate!
  • Break (don’t cut) your piece off. The ‘snap’ indicates the quality of your chocolate. The cleaner the better!
  • Bite a piece off the chunk. You’re allowed a few chews (to release the flavours), but don’t swallow!
  • Place at top of tongue as here lie most of the taste buds.
  • Let the chocolate melt a little then push the piece to the roof of your mouth and rub your tongue along it.
  • How does the chocolate feel? A great chocolate should be silky with a smooth, cool dissolve.
  • Savour each aroma. You should taste them in the following order – Cocoa with a hint of caramel, nuts, coffee and fruit.
  • As the chocolate leaves your mouth, it should leave you with a pleasant finish. The finish shows the true flavour of the chocolate as others aromas may have been masking it beforehand. Does it leave you wanting more or does it make you want to wash it away with water?
  • Finally, and most importantly ENJOY.

(Image via Wikimedia Commons/David Leggett and Skelligs)