This is a little different from my usual run of posts here. I was given the opportunity to help Sally McKenna out with the Theatre of Food element of MindField this year and jumped at the chance. Given that I enjoy running events (food most recently and non-food previously) it was an opportunity to see a 3 day packed schedule in action.
I enjoyed it so much and it was a privilege. Sally (and John, who plays a background role in this one) have, over the years, put together a team of people who are professional supportive and focused in their delivery of this event. Fun too :-).
For me, because I focus so much on food products and producers, this was a chance to see so many chefs in action and that was a real learning.
Firehouse Bakery did this for TOF
One of the many people I met for the firs time – Ernie Whalley, journalist and character
Blindfolds were never far away
Sally and Danette talk exotica
Lilly Higgins and Alex Meehan
Ross GB creates havoc for his quiz teams
Food conversations with Kevin, Hugh and Joe McNamee
Prep at 7.30 for an 11.30 Ethiopian food talk
Some of Kevin’s spices for that talk
In the tradition of an Ethiopian wedding feast
Flowers and spices very popular here
Street Food demo
Diving in for tastings
Joe Fitzmaurice launches his #commonloaf
Kevin Thornton leads a thank you to Caroline, Sally and John
Tortilla-Off. Declared a draw
End of Sunday wrap up and learning session
I’m not going to name anyone here with one exception because I’m lousy at names and I’d leave far too many out. Exception is a thanks to Sam McKenna for working alongside of me on a/v for the weekend – he was great to work with 🙂
This is a short video extract of bits of TOF.
Jennifer is one of only a few female coffee roasters in Ireland (could be the only one, we must ask her :-). She is one of 3 roasters with us on Saturday 20th September.
She is also one of the few roasters in Ireland with a formal certification for fair-trade beans and those beans, together with many of her non fair trade ones, have netted Ponaire 14 Great Taste awards over the years. They are available to buy from Dunerana, Donegal to as far SouthEast as Wexford town and as far SouthWest as the Dingle Penninsula.
Jennifer being nosy
I love coffee bags
Coffee tea – not so sure about this!
And finally a clip of Jennifer in action in 2012
For more information on the event and on Brock (Badger & Dodo) and Ferg (Roasted Brown) click here.