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Reflections on the National Crafts and Design Fair and Bite Festival

I feel incredibly lucky to live in a country that creates such amazing, creative, innovative and magical things.

I say “things” loosely because often I find it difficult to categorize the vast array of “things” that continue to excite me. 

Let’s back track. What exactly am I talking about?

Well, over the past few weeks I’ve had the opportunity to work on stalls at Christmas fairs, and to get to meet some of my favourite food producers is just such a joy.
I don’t mean to sound like a fan girl but anyone who knows me, knows that I’m in LOVE with Irish produce and to even browse though some of the amazing stalls at markets and fairs can open your eyes to what we have to offer.

Not only that but since I’ve started working on stalls, like at the Bite Festival, I’ve gotten closer to some of my favourite food producers and connected to them on a different level. It’s a different relationship where you’re collective exhibitors not customers. It’s pretty cool really!

So in a way I guess this is just a small token of my appreciation to the food and drink producers who welcomed me with open arms this year. 

Go raibh maith agaibh.

If you ever get the chance to head to one of many markets, food festivals or events, take the time out to chat to the producers.

 So many of them have such fascinating stories to tell.

Goatsbridge Trout
Dingle “Ginito”
Cooleeney Cheese

    
 

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Question of the Week: Who produces the best Irish cheese?

A few days later than usual, this week I’m looking for your “cheesiest” answers!

The home of fantastic dairy, Ireland has a wealth of cheese that’s being produced in the country.

From Durrus, Toonsbridge, Kearney Blue and Clonmore, our cheeses capture the best of flavours – but which are your favourite?

I posed the question online to see what cheese tickles your fancy. Here’s what you had to say on Twitter: twit1 twit2 twit3 twit4 twit5 twit6 twit7 twit8 twit9 twit10 twit11 twit12

(Lead image via Wikimedia Commons/MigGroningen)

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

There’s something pretty special about the food and drink we create on the island of Ireland and what better way to celebrate it than to support of local produce.

In part three of my continuing series, I’m looking at even more producers in Ireland that deserve a mention.

Here are five more food producers that are worth checking out and tasting (link to previous features at the bottom):

Knockdrinna Cheese

Say cheese! Based in Stonyford in Kilkenny, these cheese lovers produce food that’s full of flavour.

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The artisan cheeses are hand ladled using locally sourced goat, cow, and sheep’s milk, and they also run cheese-making courses on the last Saturday of every month (as a cheese fiend, this is right up my alley).

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/knockdrinna
Websitehttp://www.knockdrinna.com/

Arún Bakery

Sourdough lovers ahoy! If you’re looking for quality bakers and bread, you need to head along to Arún Bakery in Stoneybatter, Dublin 7.

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Run by Peter Flynn and Vlad Rainis, they’re creating a sourdough bread revolution across Dublin with mountains of loaves being produced each day.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Arun-Bakery/126244674149453?fref=ts
Website: http://arunbakery.ie/

Improper Butter

For those who are looking to jazz up their meals – Improper Butter is where it’s at!

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Combining grass-fed Irish creamery butter with the freshest of ingredients and with flavours like garlic, flat leaf parsley and blue cheese, the small but simple range adds to a meal.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Improper-butter/262881220520452?sk=info&ref=page_internal
Website: http://www.improperbutter.com/

Green Warrior

Developed by Ballymaloe-trained, Carolanne Rushe, Green Warrior is a new line of raw plant-based wholefood products.

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From treats to super salads, you can find her products at Strandhill People’s Market, every Sunday or at Kate’s Kitchen in Sligo.

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

Murphy’s Ice Cream

Handmade in Dingle, using dairy from Kerry’s finest cows, Murphy’s Ice Cream is in one word: divine. You can spy these scoops of joy on Strand St. in Dingle, Main St. in Killarney, and Wicklow St. in Dublin.

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They come in a variety of flavours, covering the more unusual tastes in the ice cream scale. My personal favourite combination is Sea Salt and Honeycomb – amazing.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MurphysIceCream
Website: http://www.murphysicecream.ie/

Part One: The Cupcake Bloke, Corleggy Cheeses, Newgrange Gold, Keogh’s Farm, The Wild Irish Foragers and Preservers.

Part Two: Arbutus Bakery, Killowen Farm, Bellingham Blue, Irish Bee Sensations and Tastefully Yours.

I’m always on the hunt for companies to feature on site. If you think this could be something you’d like, drop me an email to unaminh[at]gmail[dot]com with the name of your company – or who you’re representing – where you’re based and I’ll see what I can do! (Subject line: Feature on Spill the Beans)

(Images via company Facebook pages)