Competition Time – Win a behind the scenes tour of the new @highbankorchard distillery

On Saturday 13th December Ireland’s smallest legal distillery launches in Highbank Organic Orchard.

This one is special for a number of reasons. Apart from the distinction of being the smallest it will also be the only organic spirit distillery in Ireland and also the only one where the raw material for the spirits is grown on the farm the distillery is based on.

Thats important to Rod and Julie Calder Potts who are the driving force behind this.

Saturday 13th will see a big crowd turn up for the opening of the distillery and that will be the first time that the spirits will be for sale. Its a food production facility so everyone who turns up will get to see the distillery through a special viewing window.

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But for a special group it will be different – you will get a tour of the facility behind the scenes (booties and the works) with Rod (the master distiller) explaining how this lovely machine works and showing you a batch of spirits in production. One of this special group will also win a signed bottle of the first production batch made :-).

This is RTE journalist Sarah McIntyre having that same tour yesterday.

 

What do you need to do to be in the winning?

Answer one of 2 questions either

a) in the comments here

b) on Twitter using #orchardspirit

c) on the Highbank Facebook Page

d) do a blog post and leave a link here or on their page

Q1 – what is the capacity in litres of the still?

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Q2 Come up with a word or phrase for the labelling on the spirit that best describes the idea that the spirit is distilled on the farm from crops grown on the same farm. In chocolate this can be referred to as Bean to Bar, you can also see references to a Single Estate food product. What would best capture this for you?

Enjoy and look forward to seeing you on the 13th 🙂

Keith

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Highbank Orchards Christmas Food and Craft Fair 2014

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This Highbank Orchards Christmas Food & Craft Fair 13th and 14th December (Saturday and Sunday) promises to be a two day Christmas Extravaganza for all the family. It starts at 11am each day and finishes at dusk 🙂

At 12.00 Saturday 13th December Highbank Orchard will cut the ribbon to open Ireland’s smallest distillery and they will have for sale the first bottles of Highbank Orchard Spirit amidst a celebration of over 30 local food and craft stalls with hot and cold food, hot apple juice, Glasrai & Goodies hampers and toys – Christmas shopping made easy.

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There is are also

  • Christmas trees,
  • puppet shows by Miriam Lambert,
  • Mid Winter Mini beast hunts with Monica,
  • Orchard Train rides
  • Ann Neary & Edward Hayden’s ‘Stress Free Christmas Cooking’ accompanied by Breda McDonald making butter.
  • Of course there will be an occasional appearance of Santa 🙂

There is no entrance charge but it is recommended to prebook the events listed below as places are limited.

Ann Neary/Edward Hayden Present : Stress free Christmas Cooking

Anne Neary (Ryeland Cookery School) & Edward Hayden (TV3 celebrity chef) appear in our Cooking Pit. Pre booking essential.

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Image thanks to http://greensideup.ie

Miriam Lambert Puppeteer presents: Goldilocks and The Three Bears – ‘imagine a story come to life’

Suitable for families. Only €5.00 per head with prebooking essential to avoid disappointment.

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Midwinter mystery adventure with Monica Fleming

Discover what our native wildlife is getting up to in the depths of winter mini-beast quest, pond dipping, winter tree identification, build an animal hide.

Last years mini beast tours fascinated the younger children particularly; they could be seen enthusiastically shaking autumn leaves from trees to see what insects might be hiding there.

These adventures run from 2pm to 3.30 each day Saturday and Sunday.

Pre booking essential – click here to get your tickets now.

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Ballaghtobin Real Christmas Trees

These are Nordman non-shed trees direct from the growers and each tree is over 9 years old. They are netted for easy transport. You can buy one online here and collect on the day.