Meet The Bakers2 #realbread – 24th Jan 2015 at 6.30pm

EARLY DETAILS UPDATE – Real Bread Ireland  – a new network to encourage and support the baking of real bread will be launched on the evening.

Timing Date: Saturday 24th January 2015 Time: 6.30pm for 2 hours or thereabouts. Venue: Highbank Orchard – You will also be able to sample and buy from the wonderful range of Highbank Ciders – Proper, Medieval and Drivers and sample and buy from their their new Orchard Spirit range.

Map showing entrance to Highbank – Link to buy tickets (only €8 to join us if you book in advance, €5 for Slow Food Ireland members). €10 on door


Whats happening on the night? Josephine Plettenburg (Speltbakers), Joe Fitzmaurice (RiotRye) and Declan Ryan (Arbutus Bakery) all return to Highbank to continue the night of discussion and munching of real bread. For the first hour we’ll be hearing about their stories since the first gathering in January 2014 and exploring topics such as aggressive sourdoughs and the provenance and growing methods of the flours which each of them use. The second hour will be special.

They will be joined on stage by a number of other bakers including Patrick Ryan from Firehouse (Dublin) and Kemal Scarpello SlowFoodCo (Donegal) to launch Real Bread Ireland.

This is a new network to support and encourage real bread baking (by both bakeries and consumers) and to make it easier to identify and find. The bakers will be looking to discuss and debate how the new network should operate.

Link to buy tickets (only €8 to join us). If you want to sign up for my email newsletter click here.


Meet the Brewers – 7th June 2014, 6pm

POSTPONED – 3rd June. Have had to pull the event due to low ticket sales – really sorry 😦


Date: Saturday 7th June 2014
Time: 6pm (sharp’ish) for 2 hours or thereabouts.

Venue: Highbank Orchard – You will also be able to sample and buy from the wonderful range of Highbank Ciders – Proper, Medieval and Drivers.

Map showing entrance to Highbank –

Link to buy tickets (only €8 to join us)


We will have Cuilan Loughnane from White Gypsy, Caroline Hennessy from 8 Degrees and Grainne Walsh, Metalman with us on the night.

Caroline Hennessy from 8 Degrees

Caroline has been to Kilkenny many times as she is a regular at Foodcamp which happens each year during Savour Kilkenny. She is the active external face of 8 Degrees and an advocate of food pairings and the subtle use of beer in cooking (as you can see below!).


Cuilan Loughnane from White Gypsy

I met Cuilan during a Taste Council event in Wicklow a couple of years ago and myself and Rod (from Highbank, our hosts) talked about how he wanted to grow hops locally and use them in his brewing. We will be exploring that some more on the 7th 🙂

Thanks to for the use of their shot of Cuilan above.

Grainne Walsh, Metalman

Again Grainne and Tim (her partner in Metalman) have been to Kilkenny regularly during Savour so you may already have bumped in to them. This Waterford based brewery have strong links to White Gypsy as Cuilan brewed their initial offerings while they were waiting for their brewery to be built. This co-operation and support between emerging competitors is one of the topics we will be exploring on the night.

Link to buy tickets (only €8 to join us)


Updated 18th May to add full speaker details.

Updated 4th April to add Metalman to the lineup.

Updated 30th March to add 8Degrees to the lineup.

Updated 2nd March to change it from Cider and Beer to Meet The Brewers. This is to acknowledge that the making process is completely different in both cases so the empathy across the panel and the sharing of knowledge and passions would not make as much sense as it should. We will have a dedicated cider makers event most likely in 2015



Joe Fitzmaurice on starters, ovens and workshops #realbread

Been sitting on this & finally got around to a rough edit. Alec Taylor kindly shot some post event video at Meet The Bakers capturing Joe, Josephine and Declan chatting to the audience.

This piece is a couple of segments of Joe Fitzmaurice.

Enjoy 🙂

Next one up is Meet the Cheese Makers on 5th April.