Sunday, May 20, 2012

Event: Sheridan's Irish Food Festival...

Elisabeth Ryan of Sheridan's Cheese has e-mailed me inviting me to the third Irish Food Festival which will be held in Meath on Sunday 27th 2012 from 10am-6pm. The event has grown from strength to strength since it started in 2009 and this year sees the biggest ever exhibition with 88 different Irish artisan food companies on display.

There will be an amazing line up of workshops with Irish food producers and chefs. A Slow Food youth area will have lots of food related activities including cookery demos, vegetable growing, schools market and much more. There will be free children’s entertainment, live music and traditional fair games.

Entry is €5 per car for entry in to the car park; everything else is free including workshops and kids entertainment allowing visitors to have a great family day out.

A number of workshops will be in attendance:

12:00- 12:45 Janet Drew Making Your Own Preserves At Home:

An award-winning producer of chutneys and preserves, The Bridgestone Guide's John McKenna describes Janet’s sweet pepper relish as ''probably the most copied artisan food product ever produced in Ireland''.

13:00-14:00 Cooking with Kids! Pauric White In the Slow Food Youth Tent:

Pauric White of The award winning 'Forge Restaurant' has been running a programme in local schools, showing children how to grow their own vegetables and herbs and how to cook healthy, interesting meals. Pauric will be showcasing some of his skills in the Slow Food Youth Tent at the food fair.

13:30- 14.15 Farm to Fork Cooking Imen McDonnell:

Imen writes one of the most popular Irish food blogs – ‘modern farmette’. Imen has a weekly column “Tales of A Modern Farmette” in Irish Country Living each Thursday. Imen will demonstrate some of her favourite recipes using indigenous Irish ingredients, including ingredients from Imen very own farm.

14:00- 15:00 Hedgerow Foods Enda McEvoy:

Enda McEvoy, Bridgestone Chef of the Year, 2011 runs the kitchen in the acclaimed 'Aniar' restaurant in Galway. Enda will take a group on a walk around local hedgerows to point out the edible treasures which are growing wild.

15:00- 15.45: Smoked Irish Wild Fish Sally Barne:

Sally Barnes of Woodcock Smokery has been one of the leading Irish food producers since she began smoking fish in Castletownsend in the early eighties. Sally is a strong exponent of sustainable fishing, has worked hard in her local fishing community as well as nationally and internationally to promote community based sustainable fishing practices. Sally will talk about and taste a wide variety of Irish wild fish.

16:30- 17:15 Irish Raw Milk Cheese Tastings:

Hosted by Kevin Sheridan along with several producers of raw milk farm cheeses, the stories of the individual cheeses, as well as their individual characteristics will be explored. These are the cheeses that best represent the Irish landscape and farming traditions.

The event will be held on the grounds of Sheridans Cheesemonger's warehouse and offices in the townland of Pottlereagh, on the Meath Cavan border. The site was formerly the Virginia road railway station. Sheridans received the Ellison award from An Taisce for their work in renovating and conserving the old railway store. This large stone building now houses a retail shop displaying Sheridan’s famous selection of quality cheeses, foods and wines. The buildings are set in the beautiful rolling hills of the Meath Countryside.

The event promises to be a fun packed and educational day out for the family and all for a very impressive €5!