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Part 21: Irish Food and Drink Producers Worth Getting to Know

Celebrating the best of what Ireland has to offer, each week I highlight some of the country’s wonderful homemade produce and products!

Here are five more producers that caught my eye this week:

Longways Cider Company

Longways Cider Company producers premium Irish cider direct from their family orchard in Co. Tipperary.


Vibrant and fruity with buckets of apple flavour and a smooth finish this cider is made from 100% grown Irish grown apples using first pressed juice only. It’s double fermented and gluten free too!

Website: http://www.longwayscider.ie/

Boulabán Farm Icecream

Love smooth and creamy ice creams?Look no further!


This award winning icecream and sorbet company produces treats on their dairy farm using milk and cream from our pedigree Holstein/Friesian herd.

Website: http://www.boulabanefarm.ie/

Highbank Organic Orchard Syrup

Addicted to maple syrup? This sweet, organic syrup, is the first of its kind that’s grown and produced by in Kilkenny, Ireland.


It’s made from Irish, organic apples with no added pesticides, no artificial fertilisers or preservatives. Highbank orchard syrup has a shelf life of over 2 years.

Website: http://highbankorchards.com/

Lough Derg Chocolates

A family owned business based on the shores of Lough Derg, this company creates luscious lollies, milk chocolate bars, selection boxes and Handmade Chocolate Truffle Pouches.


All chocolates are handmade using quality ingredients.

Website: www.loughdergchocolates.ie

Dunany Organic Flour

Dunany Farm is a traditional 4th generation enterprise, producing full symbol organic cereals since 2006.


Their high standard, quality grain – particularly wheat – produces a wholesome, nutty, coarse-grained flour which is exceptionally good in traditional soda bread recipes. Their Spelt and Rye flours make tasty low gluten breads.

Website: http://www.dunanyflour.com/

(Images via producer websites and Facebook pages)


Part 20: Irish Food and Drink Producers Worth Getting to Know

What we create here in Ireland is something that’s worth celebrating.

We have world class meat and dairy, and with talented producers on our doorsteps it’s no wonder that we’re admired from abroad.

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

West Cork Pies

Fan of the rebel county? West Cork Pies are handmade from local ingredients, prime cuts of meat and are prepared freshly each week.


According to its creators, “what you’ll get from me are good quality, very tasty, products full of substantial ingredients not just cheap gravy and the odd lump of something indistinguishable. All the eggs I use are free-range and everything I make is made from the raw ingredients. I do not buy in anything ready made, that way I know, and you can trust, exactly what has gone into my products”

Website: http://www.westcorkpies.com/

Green Beards

Based in Dublin, Green Beards specialise in producing cold-pressed juices and freshly made smoothies to satisfy thirsty customers.


Using fresh, raw and organic ingredients, these cleansing juices will have you walking around with a spring in your step.

Website: http://www.greenbeards.ie/

Armelle’s Kitchen

Tartlets, sweet treats and wonderful French macarons, Armelle’s Kitchen is worth checking out. (See lead image!)

Based in Kildare, they’re experts in homemade cakes and goodies.

Website: http://www.armelleskitchen.com/

Connemara Smokehouse

With a pride in smoking fish, Connemara Smokehouse is renowned for producing some of the best seafood products in Ireland.


From smoked kippers, tuna, mackerel and eel, all of their fish is locally sourced with all of their salmon products available in Wild, Organic or Farmed.

Website: http://www.smokehouse.ie/


Gluten-free and wheat-free, Gookies is an Irish company that specialises in cookie dough.

Milk chocolate, triple chocolate? Sounds like treats that would satisfy any sweet tooth.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gookies/110103285717377

(All images sourced from company Facebook pages)


Part 18: Irish Food and Drink Producers Worth Getting to Know

Celebrating the best of what Ireland has to offer, this series delves in the the food and drink industry to find companies that deserve to be highlighted!

Here are five more companies that I spotted on my travels this week:

Tynedale Goats

Based in the Belfast Hills this company produces goat meat from male kids born into the dairy herd.


A lean meat that’s low in cholesterol and high in iron, their meat is healthy, nutritious, tasty and reared sustainably.

Website: http://www.tynedalegoatkid.com/

Wild About

Wild about foods and preserves, this company was born out of a love for wild and seasonal foods.


They specialise in products made from native Irish berries such as Sloe, Haw, Hip, Elderberry and Sea Buckthorn, as well as plants like nettle and wild garlic. Yum!

Website: http://www.wildabout.ie/

Toby’s Cider

A small scale artisan cider maker in Northern Ireland, Toby’s Cider is the brainchild of Craig and Karen.


Their traditionally handcrafted ciders are produced from apple to tree to bottle in the historic orchard county of Armagh.

Website: http://www.tobyscider.co.uk/

Vera Miklas

An alternative to traditional sugarpaste, Vera Miklas is the first producer of modelling chocolate in Ireland.


Their chocolate is made from the finest Belgian Chocolate, which is easy to work with and used by professionals for creating everything from cakes, toppers and flowers.

Website: http://www.veramiklas.com/

Rake of Cakes

Based in Wexford, Rake of Cakes specialise in gluten-free and allergen-free treats.


You’ll find them in The Bullring Market in Wexford town every Friday and Saturday from 9am until 3pm selling freshly baked gluten and dairy-free buns, sweets, cakes and biscuits.

Website: http://www.rakeofcakes.com/

(All images via Facebook pages)


Recipe: Cardamom Hot Chocolate

This afternoon and like most weekends, it got to that time of day where I was staring at my cupboard and wondering what I could come up with, with random ingredients.

Eureka, there was cardamom!

Since attending Ballymaloe Cookery School, I’ve had a mild obsession with this nifty spice, and so it only was natural that I would team it with something else I loved: decent, luxurious, chocolate!

I’m pretty sure we all have a favourite cup for tea or hot chocolate, so when I say one cup of milk here, I mean as much as you can fit in your average cuppa.

Let me know if you give this a go – I really enjoyed tasting it!


2 tbp of quality chocolate like Valrhona or Callebaut*
1 tsp cardamom seeds
1 tsp vanilla sugar OR 1/2 tsp of vanilla
1 cup of milk


  1. Tip all of your ingredients  into a small pot and place under a medium-low heat – this is pretty important because you don’t want any of your milk to burn. If you bring your milk to a boil it will form a skin.
  2. Keep whisking throughout the entire process and make sure that all of the chocolate melts and incorporates itself into the milk. Stir until smooth.
  3. Remove from the heat and sieve the drink into your cup to remove the cardamom seeds.
  4. Drink away!

*If you only have powdered chocolate, just use two heaped spoonfuls of that. Use chocolate that you can afford!

Part 17: Irish Food and Drink Producers Worth Getting to Know

We don’t need to look far to see some of the wonderful products that are being created right under our noses!

From homemade goods to family-based produce, we create a vast variety of food and drink in the country that are worth celebrating.

Here are five more food and drink producers that caught my eye this week:

Ayle Farm

Based in Tipperary, Ayle Farm are producers of Handmade Artisan Chutneys, Relishes, Pickles, Cooking Sauces and Preserves. All the products are made in small batches on their farm by hand.


They grow a range of vegetables that they use in their products and source whatever they don’t have from other local suppliers.

Website: http://aylefoods.ie/

Duncannon Smokehouse

Originally set up by Frank Ronan back in 1974, his son Kai Ronan continues this master smoker tradition, producing a 100% pure and natural, hand crafted, smoked seafood range.


Their organic range is now shipped worldwide and includes Irish Oak Smoked Salmon and Irish Cold Smoked Trout.

Website: http://www.duncannonsmokehouse.ie/

Joe’s Farm Crisps

Crisps with a difference. Based in Ballycurraginny, Killeagh Co. Cork, these crisps are handcooked from vegetables that are grown on their farm.


Website: https://www.facebook.com/joesfarmcrispscork

Delish Melish

Got a sweet tooth but looking for something different? Delish Melish make handcrafted gourmet marshmallows and meringues.


Available at the Honest2Goodness market every Saturday, these treats are ideal for weddings and corporate events.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delish-Melish/266575233549811

Blast and Wilde

Can’t get enough of the wonderful creamy butter that we produce in Ireland? Check out Blast and Wilde!


They produce flavoured butters including Wild Garlic and Pesto, Black Olive Tapenade, Zesty Lime, Chilli and Coriander Seed.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/blastandwildebutter

(All images via company websites and Facebook pages)

Diageo steps down from the board of alcohol awareness campaign

Following weeks of controversy surrounding the company’s involvement with the Stop Out-of-Control Drinking campaign, Ireland Country Director for Diageo, David Smith has confirmed that he is stepping down from the board.

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar welcomed the withdrawal which was made on RTÉ Radio One’s Today with Seán O’Rourke show.

Mr Smith said that the alcohol awareness campaign had started a “great debate” and that he was “acting today to make sure that any question about the lack of independence is being removed”.

“The whole campaign has not been a mistake,” he stressed. “I’m glad we got involved in the campaign. I may not have sat on the board if I’d known it was going to cause so much controversy.

“Tackling alcohol misuse in Ireland and this campaign are far more important than whether Diageo is on the board or not.

“As we step away, I wish the board luck and good luck to anything going on in Ireland to tackle alcohol misuse. It is really important for the country”.

The campaign was launched in February but quickly became the subject of controversy which included the resignation of three board members.

According to RTÉ News, Diageo will be continuing to fund the campaign “until the publication of its report in six to eight weeks, but added that most of the €1m allocated had already been spent”.

A statement from the Stop Out of Control Drinking said it welcomed Diageo’s decision to continue to fund the campaign:

“It [David Smith’s withdrawal] is also a reiteration of our total independence to produce a national debate, and a strategy that will seek to change the drinking culture within Ireland. Finally, it is an opportunity for reasonable and fair-minded people to reassess any initial scepticism about the motives of this campaign”.

(Lead image via Stop Out of Control Drinking Facebook page)

Part 16: Irish Food and Drink Producers Worth Getting to Know

If there’s one thing in Ireland that we should celebrate, it’s the amazing produce that we have.

In a country full of innovators and creators, I believe that it’s so important that we acknowledge the best food and drink producers who are working hard to get by.

Here are five more producers that caught my eye this week:

Irish Wagyu Beef

Beef farmers with a difference! This company imported full-blood Japanese Black Wagyu cattle as this breed is renowned for producing the very best quality beef.


The cattle are free range, where the calves are allowed to stay with their mothers and are then allowed to grow slowly until 30 months or more. Parcels of beef can be pre-ordered and all of their beef is reared on the family farm in the Ring of Gullion.

Website: http://www.irishkobewagyu.com/

Burren Free Range Pork

Based in Co Clare, Burren Free Range Pork raise Saddleback and Tamworth pigs.


Happy to root around in extensive fields, these happy piggies have the freedom to be outdoors or inside the hay shed depending on the weather. Completely free from medications of any sort, the company doesn’t overstock and their pigs have access to good, lush grass.

Website: http://www.burrenfreerangepork.com/

Ballybryan Bronze Turkeys

A family-run business, the Lalors are highly experienced in rearing, processing and selling Open-Range Bronze Turkeys.


They began their business in 1995 with only 50 turkey birds and they now sell over 650 Bronze Turkeys each Christmas.

Website: http://www.ballybryanturkeys.com/

Mr Crumb

Producers of stuffing and handy batches of flavoured breadcrumbs, Mr Crumb has something unique that makes its products stand out. Based in Mullingar, the company was founded in 1996 by Bernard Coyle.


It has now grown into a multi-million euro company that supplies much more than breadcrumbs and stuffings, including crust toppings and melts, desserts, party foods and speciality foods using top quality ingredients.

Website: http://www.mrcrumb.ie/


Naturally Cordial

Naturally Cordial is made from whole fruit to a traditional recipe, then gently pasteurised.


Made in Co. Wexford, they come in a variety of flavours including Lemon & Raspberry, Lemon & Lime, Orange & Lemon, Wexford Blackcurrant and Pink Grapefruit.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/NaturallyCordial/timeline

(All images via company websites and Facebook pages)

200 Words: Ranelagh’s TriBeCa

When you bite in, the taste of charred meat comes flooding into your mouth. Mixed with a zing of rocket and nutty Parmesan, it was heaven. Finally, a burger I was able to hold in both hands.

TriBeCa has been on my list for a while now.

Full but not at all claustrophobic, mirrors in the dining room reflect the feeling of more space and it was truly wonderful that I didn’t have to shout across to my fellow diners.

I have a thing about burgers – I love them. But when I’m not able to pick one up and bite a chunk out of it, I tend to get irritated.

Settling on a grilled chicken burger with avocado, peppers, rocket and Parmesan, I was expecting to experience yet another burger that was piled high onto a plate (or slate) – but I was pleasantly taken aback.

This was a burger. It was straightforward, hit the high notes with flavours and made me pause for reflection. I hadn’t had something like that in a long time.

Feeling pleasantly full, I mused to my partner that we would undoubtedly be back to try the other curious things on the menu. No doubt.

Come again? Definitely
Rating: 4.5/5
Website: http://www.tribeca.ie/


Note: I’ve decided to change the format of my reviews to give them a snappier feel. Sometimes I feel like people tend to waffle on without getting to the essence of what the food and atmosphere is like. I hope these reviews tackle that!

Part 15: Irish Food and Drink Producers Worth Getting to Know

Celebrating the best of what we grow, create and produce here in Ireland – this continuous series is looking at some of my favourite producers.

Here are five more Irish companies that make the most of what we have to offer:

West Cork Garlic

West Cork Garlic has been grown on land near Ballynacarriga, Enniskeane which has produced great tasting Irish garlic.


This is because there’s a combination of rich fertile soil near to the Bandon river along with planting premium quality Irish grown seed, as well as reputable imported seed. No wonder it tastes so good.

Website: http://www.westcorkgarlic.com/

Ariosa Coffee

Based in Ashbourne, Ariosa’s goal is to bring the very best single origin speciality coffees from around the world to their costumers, without any compromises.


Michael Kelly imports and roasts carefully selected coffees from around the globe.

Website: http://www.ariosacoffee.com/2013/

The Snacktastic Food Company

An award-winning homemade artisan snack company using fresh locally sourced quality ingredients.


According to its creators, the Snacktastic Food Co. “emerged out of pure frustration at the lack of choice in stores for munching, crunching, dipping and snacking”.  They set out on a mission to make the perfect snacks without all the unnecessary stuff.

Website: http://www.snacktastic.ie/

Burkes Farm Ice Cream

Who can resist the creaminess and deliciousness of ice cream? Based in Meath, Burkes are the makers of the finest Jersey Milk Ice Cream and Sorbets.


Bernie and John Burke have been producing ice cream since 2006 from their herd of Jersey cows and have won many awards for their great quality.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/BurkesFarmIceCream11?fref=ts

Glenbeigh Shellfish

Established in 1994, Glenbeigh Shellfish has been harvesting crops of mussels, oysters and clams to loyal customers for many years.


Nestled in Dingle Bay, the company also produces a very popular range of prepared mussels with their handmade Herb & Garlic and Cajun butter crumbed.

Website: http://www.glenbeighshellfish.ie/

(All images via company sites)

Part 14: Irish food and drink producers worth getting to know

Celebrating the best of what we grow, create and produce here in Ireland – this continuous series is looking at some of my favourite producers.

Here are five more Irish companies that make the most of what we have to offer:

Folláin Preserves

Not just about jam! Folláin make fresh fruit preserves, marmalades, jams, relishes, salsas and chutneys using 100% natural ingredients.


The company was born using a 100 year old grapefruit marmalade recipe that had been passed down through family generations and they’re based in the family factory in Ballyvourney, Co Cork.

Website: http://www.follain.ie/

Skeaghanore Duck

These fresh farm ducks are barn reared near Ballydehob, West Cork, overlooking the roaring water bay.


Their succulent taste comes from being hand reared longer and being fed a 100% natural cereal-based diet this results in the meat having a better flavour and texture.

Website: http://www.skeaghanoreduck.ie/

Roll It Pastry

Based in Kells, Roll It Pastry is ready made and read to cook all-butter pastry that can be easily used for those who’re looking to cut some of the cumbersome work out of baking!


You can use this pastry for sweet and savoury tarts, pies, puddings and patisserie.

Website: http://rollitpastry.com/

Bo Bristle

Bo Bristle was founded by two brothers-in-law with a dream: to make great brews for people who know their beer.


These beers are Irish crafted, 100% natural and brewed by hand in small batches.

Website: http://www.bobristle.com/

An Olivia Chocolate

Award-winning Irish chocolates and Blas na hÉireann supreme champion 2013, this chocolate company is based in Mullingar.


Handmade with love, An Olivia specialises in Belgian chocolate and wedding cakes.

Website: http://www.anoliviachocolate.com/