Food & Drink Producer Series From the Editor

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.


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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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.


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


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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Achill Mountain Lamb

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


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


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