Every September the village celebrates its long history with the sea, with this "Seafood in September" food festival. The festival began as a gathering of local people at the end of a busy summer season but has grown into something that attracts tourist’s interested in seafood and a friendly atmosphere.
|Irish Food writers and publishers, John and Sally McKenna, will open the festival|
|There is nothing like the thrill of catching your first couple of Mackerel|
Friday 19th September:
Festival Launch with John and Sally McKenna at 7pm followed by a Shellfish and Craft Beer party Price €30pp. Booking essential. Messy fun guaranteed. Crackers and bibs included.
|Guided Foraging Walks on Saturday|
Saturday 20th September:
Sunday 21st September:
Cooking Demonstrations and Talks 11am – 4pm
The European Bartender School (EBS) is the largest and most professional bartending school in the world. Throughout it’s 14-year history they have trained thousands of bartenders to be able to travel the world and work wherever they like. Alternatively, many former EBS students use their skills to comfortably finance their way through college and get to know as many people as possible during their shifts!
|Jesper Rydberg and Skye Burkin - Mixing 8-Degrees Cocktails in Generator Dublin on the 18th September|
an open invitation to you all to come along for the evening!
|Niall d'Arcy is currently a Resident DJ at Hidden Agenda and The Workman's Club|
|Generator Hostel Dublin, Smithfield Square, Dublin|
The awards were presented by popular TV chef and author Catherine Fulvio who congratulated the winners on their contribution to the Irish food and drink industry. The IQFAs represent a unique collaboration between Food and Hospitality Ireland (formerly SHOP) and the UK Quality Food and Drink Awards, which have been rewarding excellence in food and drink flavours, textures and aromas for more than 35 years. The awards are renowned among multiple grocery sectors and food producers for their trustworthy and rigorous judging process which provides truly honest winners.
|TV chef and Author, Catherine Fulvio, hosted the Irish Quality Food Awards event|
The Christmas Gold Q was awarded to Dunnes Stores and Wexford Home Preserves for its ‘Simply Better Ham Glaze’.
|The Round Room at The Mansion House, Dublin|
To ensure complete equality within the judging process, the IQFA’s kitchen team of home economists at Dublin’s Institute of Technology prepared all the products as per the supplied manufacturers’ instructions before presenting to the judging panel. Working through each delicious category across two weeks, one session at a time, a judging team of over 70 respected food journalists, chefs, producers, retailers, NPD specialists, cooks and bloggers from across Ireland tasted over 600 products.
|Helen Lyons, organiser of the Irish Quality Food Awards 2014|
The awards are open to all retailers, food producers, wholesalers and food service operators across Northern and Southern Ireland. They are a unique collaboration between Food and Hospitality Ireland and the UK Quality Food and Drink Awards (now in its 35th year) and sponsored by top UK packaging manufacturer, Benson Group as well as Dairymaid, Invest Northern Ireland and MLS Labelling & Printing Systems.
All excess food from the judging was given to The Capuchin Centre for Homeless People, which provides warm food each day and more than 1800 food hampers a week to vulnerable people in Dublin, and FareShare. The table decorations at the awards dinner were provided by www.livingcolours.ie.
The awards repeat last year’s trade media partnership with Retail News magazine, while forming a consumer-media partnership with Easy Food magazine.
For more information visit the website: www.irishqualityfoodawards.com Follow them on Facebook: at www.facebook.com/IrishQualityFoodAwards or on Twitter @IrishQFAs Hashtag #IQFA14
Learn more about The Capuchin Centre for Homeless People here, www.capuchindaycentre.ie.
And so, The Irish Quality Food Awards Winners' List 2014 is...
Sweet Chilli & Irish Red Pepper Potato Crisps – Keogh’s Crisps
Biscuits – Savoury
Dunnes Stores Simply Better Irish Wholemeal Crackers - Sheridans Cheesemongers
Biscuits – Sweet
Dunnes Stores My Family Favourites Milk Chocolate & Hazelnut Wafer - CKS
Bread - Small Breads and Rolls
Tesco Black Olive Roll - Panelto Foods
Bread - Large Loaves
Lidl Low GI Multiseed Cob - Mannings Bakery
Bread - Morning Goods
Tesco Finest Muesli Bread – Aryzta Bakeries
Bread - Speciality Breads
Four Cheese Loaf - Cuisine de France
Bread - Wheaten and Soda Breads
Toaster Wheaten - Genesis Crafty
Cakes and Morning Goods
Tesco Apple & Blackberry Lattice Bar – Golden Bake
Aldi Kavanagh’s Luxury Fruit Porridge with Apple, Raisin & Cinnamon Dusted Cranberries – Stafford Lynch
Lidl Irish Extra Mature Cheddar - Dale Farm Dairies
Chocolate and Confectionary
Lidl Irish Chocolate Selection - Lir Chocolates
Christmas Q - Christmas Cakes, Bakery and Desserts
Dunnes Stores 6 Deep Filled All Butter Mince Pies - Sargents Bakeries
Christmas Q - Christmas Chilled, Grocery Ambient, Meat, Fish & Savoury
Dunnes Stores Simply Better Ham Glaze - Wexford Home Preserves
Dunnes Stores Simply Better Valencia Orange Juice - Keeling F Juices
Dairy and Milk Products - Butters and Spreads
Dairy Manor Irish Creamery Butter - Town of Monaghan Co-Op
Dairy and Milk Products - Yogurts
Aldi Specially Selected Handmade Farmhouse Raspberry Yogurt – Killowen
Delicatessen – Antipasti
Tesco Pastrami Irish Beef - O'Brien Fine Foods
Delicatessen - Other Deli Counter Products
Musgrave Retail Partners Wiltshire Cured Ham on the Bone - O' Brien Fine Foods
Desserts and Puddings
SuperValu Signature Tastes Panacotta - Prestige Foods
Fish - Fresh Fish
Burren Smoked Irish Organic Salmon with Seaweed Marinade - Burren Smokehouse
Fish - Fresh Fish Dishes
Lidl Seafood Chowder - Galmere
Food To Go
Tesco Finest Open Salmon Sandwich – Freshways
Free From - Chilled & Savoury
Aldi ‘Has No' Delicious Soft White Bread - Gallaghers Bakery
Free From – Sweet
Aldi 'Has No' Lemon Muffins - Gallaghers Bakery
Fresh Meat, Game and Poultry – Bacon
Dunnes Stores Simply Better Dry Cured Irish Rashers - Callan Bacon
Fresh Meat, Game and Poultry - Beef Steaks
Aldi Specially Selected 28 Day Dry Aged Rib Eye - ABP Cahir
Fresh Meat, Game and Poultry – Poultry
Confit of Duck - Silver Hill Foods
Fresh Meat, Game and Poultry - Sausages, Burgers and Meatballs
Dunnes Stores Simply Better 6 Superior Honey & Mustard Irish Pork Sausages - Arthur Mallon Foods
Fresh Meat, Game and Poultry - Pork, Lamb and Other Joints: Retail Winner
Dunnes Stores Simply Better French Trimmed Connemara Hill Rack of Lamb - Tendermeats
Fresh Meat, Game and Poultry - Pork, Lamb and Other Joints: Catering Winner
Musgrave Wholesale Partners Butchers Select Lamb Rack French Trim - Kepak
Fresh Produce – Fruit
SuperValu Fruit Salad Mix - Freshcut Foods
Fresh Produce – Salad
Tesco Finest Irish Piccolo Cherry Tomatoes - Jim O'Rourke
Fresh Produce – Vegetables
Easy Cook 7 Minute Baby New Potatoes – Keogh’s
Frozen Food – Savoury
Aldi Specially Selected Irish Beef Quarter Pounders with Cheddar Cheese and Sweet Chilli - Kepak
Frozen Food – Sweet
Roll It Sweet All Butter Shortcrust Pastry - Roll It Pastry
Grocery Ambient – Savoury
Honeyed Fig, Rhubarb & Chilli Savoury Jam - Irish Bee Sensations
Grocery Ambient – Sweet
Lidl Blackcurrant and Rum Jam - Abbey Farm Foods
Hot Beverages – Coffee
SuperValu Signature Tastes Colombian Supremo Coffee Beans – United Coffee
Hot Beverages – Other
Aldi McGrath's Reserve Blend Tea - Robert Roberts
Pizzado - Choice Pizza
SuperValu Signature Tastes Lamb Tagine – Ballymaguire
Sauces and Salad Dressings
Vine Tomato & Jalapeno Pasta Sauce - The Scullery
Aldi Luxury Irish Chocolates
SuperValu Signature Tastes Braised Red Cabbage - Ballymaguire
Lidl Cream of Tomato Soup - Princes
Dunnes Stores My Family Favourites Strawberry Jam - Histon Sweet Spreads
Ales & Lagers
Tempted? Summer Sweet Irish Craft Cider - dj's juice and cider
Lidl Crémant d'Alsace Brut AOC - S.C.V.B
Spirits - Liqueurs and Speciality Spirits
Lidl Deluxe Irish Cream Liqueur - Terra
Spirits – Whiskies
Aldi Clontarf Classic Blend Whiskey - Castle Brands Inc
Lidl St. Emilion Gran Cru AOC, 2011 - Union de Producteurs de Saint-Emilion
Drink Gold Q
Aldi Clontarf Classic Blend Whiskey - Castle Brands Inc
Christmas Gold QDunnes Stores Simply Better Ham Glaze - Wexford Home Preserves
Connemara Hill Rack of Lamb - by Tendermeats
|Guest Judge, 2 Michelin Star Chef Philip Howard of The Square Restaurant in London|
Young professional chefs between 18-26 from any catering background can enter online via www.youngchef.ie. Entry closes on Tuesday, September 30th at 12 noon. Candidates will later be notified if they have made it to stage two of the competition.
Euro-Toques Ireland is looking for three key ingredients when selecting candidates:
- a passion for Irish produce and food heritage
- outstanding cooking talent
- the ability to showcase their creations as a sharing experience.
Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year 2014, in association with Fáilte Ireland and industry sponsor La Rousse Foods, is the perfect launch-pad for a fresh young chef to walk in the footsteps of Ireland’s most recognised culinary artists such as Myrtle Allen, Ross Lewis, Kevin Thornton or Derry Clarke.
The Euro-Toques Ireland judges are looking to be enthralled this year by exciting tastes, interesting traditions and refreshing experiences.
|The 2013 Young Chef winner Mark Moriarty will be one of this year's judges|
Successful candidates will be involved in a number of competition stages and events between now and the end of November and will be judged by some of Ireland’s most respected chefs including Wade Murphy, President of Euro-Toques Ireland, Domini Kemp.
The 2013 winner, Chef Mark Moriarty, will also be judging. Mark, in his role as Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year has cooked at Taste of Dublin, Electric Picnic and events in Paris and Boston this year. Mark is currently teaching in Cooks Academy having previously worked in The Greenhouse Restaurant.
|Chef Wade Murphy, President of Euro-Toques Ireland|
|Helen McDaid, Food Tourism Manager at Failte Ireland|
“Ireland has long been recognised for the beauty of its landscapes, the buzz of its cities, and the warmth of its people" said Helen McDaid, Food Tourism Manager at Failte Ireland. "Now visitors are coming for its food and drink too. Ireland’s culinary reputation is growing both at home and abroad and so it is important to continually seek out young chefs who champion Irish cooking and nurture their talents. Fáilte Ireland is delighted to be involved with the Euro-Toques Young Chef for a third year as it provides the opportunity to identify and celebrate this new wave of inspired chefs who represent the future of Irish cuisine.”
|This year's Industry Sponsor is La Rousse Foods|
Closing date for entry is September 30th 2014 at 12.00 noon.
Watch & Share this Euro-Toques Young Chef 2014 Promo Video:
For more information on the competition and details on entry log onto www.youngchef.ie
The shortlisted towns are:
• Carrick on Shannon, Leitrim [small town]
• Glengarriff, Cork [small town]
• Kinsale, Cork [small town]
• Lismore, Waterford [small town]
• Portmagee, Kerry [small town]
• Killarney, Kerry [large town]
• Cobh, Cork [large town]
• Kilkenny, Kilkenny [large town]
As part of their shortlisting, the selected towns have already been subject (over the last few weeks) to a series of unannounced inspections from a crack team of independent ‘secret shoppers’ who visited each location and assessed the quality of visitor experience to be had.
The Tourism Town Award focuses on how participating towns have developed their local area in the following key tourism areas:
• Sense of Place – How the town tells its own unique story to visitors, what’s special about it and what distinguishes it from other towns.
• Tourism Experiences – What the town has to offer visitors.
• Local Involvement in Developing Tourism- How the local community works together to provide an authentic visitor experience.
• Development and promotion of the town – How the town takes a unified approach to marketing and developing the town into a “tourism town”.
Welcoming the shortlist, Minister of State for Tourism & Sport Michael Ring emphasised the important premise behind the Award scheme: “This award is all about recognising those Irish towns, villages and communities which are putting their weight behind tourism and working hard to make their town even more attractive for tourists. I hope that the towns and villages shortlisted today will be an inspiration for other communities around Ireland”.
Fiona Buckley from Fáilte Ireland, speaking at the launch today said, “This award provides a tangible recognition of those magic ingredients which give the Irish welcome a unique advantage – people, place and passion."
Two overall winners will ultimately share the ultimate accolade of Ireland’s top Tourism Town, one for the best large town and the best small town, when the winners are unveiled in November by Fáilte Ireland following further assessments from the independent panel of judges.
The announcement was greeted by great celebration at today’s awards ceremony at The Helix in Dublin, which was packed with representatives of TidyTowns groups, from all over the country, eagerly anticipating the announcement of the winners.
Mr. Alan Kelly, T.D., Minister for the Environment, congratulated Kilkenney and all the winning towns. "I am very impressed by the enthusiasm of all those involved in the TidyTowns effort. The results of their efforts are obvious in the attractive, well cared-for towns and villages we see throughout the country. It is clear that working together and getting things done increases peoples’ pride in where they live and helps to build vibrant communities," he said.
The TidyTowns competition has been sponsored by SuperValu since 1992 and Martin Kelleher, MD SuperValu added "The outstanding demonstration of community spirit shown by all volunteers is commendable. Their relentless commitment to working for the good of their local community is what makes this competition the success it is today."
Other main category winners are:
Ireland’s Tidiest Village went to Clonegal, Co. Carlow.
Ireland’s Tidiest Small Town went to Kilrush, Co. Clare.
Ireland’s Tidiest Large Town was won by Westport Co. Mayo.
Ireland's Tidiest Large Urban Centre also went to Kilkenny City.
To find out how your County got on in the SuperValu Tidy Towns Competition, check out the full resuts at http://www.tidytowns.ie/reports.php
100ml apple juice
175g caster sugar
500ml whipping cream
400g sweetened condensed milk
2 tsp vanilla essence
1. Put the Blackberries and the apple juice in pan, bring to the boil and turn down, simmering for 5 minutes. Add the sugar, stirring until dissolved and cook out for another 5 minutes, let it thicken a little. Cool. Leave 4 spoons of this fruit aside for garnish.
2. Rub the rest of the cooked fruit through a sieve to get rid of the seeds.
3. Beat the whipping cream until it makes peaks, pour in the condensed milk and vanilla essence and whisk back up to peaks again.
4. Pour the cream mixture into a freezer box and drizzle half of the Blackberry purée over the top. Stir the mixture gently to ripple the purée through it. Cover with a lid and freeze for 4 hours.
The craft beer and cider industry in Ireland has witnessed explosive growth over the past 12 months and reflecting this this festival has witnessed a 300% growth in both brewers and attendees since its conception in 2011. The festival attracted over 11,000 visitors last year and the organisers are once again predicting a record turn-out with a record number of breweries and cider makers signed up to date. In comparison to last year’s 25 producers, this year has seen an increase of over 60% in the number of breweries attending, a reflection of the massive growth of this local Irish market sector.
|Seamus O’Hara, Co-Founder of the Irish Craft Beer and Cider Festival|
This year’s festival promises to bring visitors an experience that is unrivalled throughout the country. It is the pinnacle of the year within the Irish craft beer and cider industries. For four days, each supplier sets up its own space within the venue and chats with consumers, enjoying discussions about the intricacies of each unique combination of flavours making every individual product stand out from the next.
|Pictured at the launch of the Irish Craft Beer and Cider Festival 2014 were:|
Cathal O'Donoghue, Rascals Brewing, Michael Reddy, Teelings, Ronan Brennan, Galway Hooker,
Clementine Mac Niece, McIvors, Alan Wolfe, McGargles, Gabriel Corcoran, Teelings, Lisa Quilter, McGargles,
Gerard Costello, Costellos, Jonathon Scott, Soctt Irish Cider and Jamie Groome, White Gypsy.
Front row: Co founders of the Irish Craft Beer and Cider Festival:
Seamus O'Hara, O'Hara Brewing and Bruce Mansour, Make it Happen.
Irish Breweries and Irish Cider makers participating include:
The festival will once again open its doors on Thursday evening at 5pm, showcasing festival brews and launching new products – an opportunity to experience the newest and freshest brews within the industry!
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