Irish winners in the British Cheese Awards 23rd Sept 2011

A number of Irish farmhouse Cheese brands did really well in these awards – The British Cheese Awards which were announced yesterday in Cardiff).

Knockdrinna Farmhouse Cheese

This one was special – it was the Top Dog 🙂 The Kilkree cheese from Knockdrinna scooped the Supreme Champion overall award as well as the Best Irish and Best Semi-Soft. Its produced here in Kilkenny by Helen Finnegan and her team.

This is Helen at the Savour Kilkenny food festival 2010. I have known Helen for years and she is passionate, hard working and supportive of her fellow producers. Well deserved.

Meanwhile best Goat Cheese was won by the Galway based Killeen Farmhouse Cheese.

Great to see artisan food producers from Ireland consistently winning overseas – says so much for the strength of this sector in Ireland


VegFest Cork – next Saturday 1st October 11

My meandering around the Dingle Food Festival next weekend means that I am going to miss another event which would have been a “definitely attending” otherwise.

Dee Collins has organised a mini-festival in Cork city to help celebrate World Vegetarian Day. During the vegfest (being held in Electric Cork) you can:

Sample tasters from the vegetarian menu in Electric Cork

Munch on some of these vegan cup-cakes from Sugar Moon Vegan Cakes

and try out the new Real Meal range from Dee’s

There are other things to do to – and its Free. Details and booking here.




Dingle Food Festival next weekend (30th Sept to 2nd Oct 11)

I am looking forward to attending the Dingle Food Festival – my first time in Dingle (that I can remember) and definitely my first time at the Blas na hEireann awards which are held on the Saturday.

I like food festivals because of the opportunity they give to meet loads of food producers in one place – and in Dingle the addition of 2 special visits will make it really good. Thanks to Aoife (on behalf of Irish Food Bloggers Association) for organising the special food bloggers schedule for us.

Here are the events I will be going to:

Friday 5 – 7pm: The Dingle Brewing company holding an event where they showcase their first beer (Tom Crean) and also products from local producers such as Ted Brown Seafood, Thomas Bric goat cheese and milk, Maja Binder cheese maker, The Little Cheese Shop, Reel Dingle Fish & Chip Shop, Gerry O’Sullivan Blasket Island Lamb, Lispole Free Range eggs and Baccus Bakery

Saturday 10am: Ice Cream Masterclass with Kieran Murphy

10 – 2pm: Farmers Market taking over the entire town and including regular stallholders alongside Blas Awards entrants.

And then 2 Blas events – a 1pm to 3pm networking event with producers, judges, retailers, press and us food bloggers. Leading onto the awards ceremony from 6pm to 8pm that night.

Let me know if you are going to be around for the weekend?