Whiskey. The Real Thing…..

The revitalisation of this sector has been fascinating me for the last number of years and when my close friends Rod and Julie Calder Potts set up their own organic distillery a couple of years ago I started learning a lot more about distilling, whiskey and the challenges around labelling and marketing. 

Join us for 2 hours of passion, story telling and tastings as we chat with

– Jenn Nickerson – Chief Dogsbody, Tipperary Distillery
– Ned Gahan – Head Distiller, Waterford Distillery
– John O’Connell – Head Distiller, West Cork Distillers

and special guest Bill Linnane, freelance journalist with a very particular grá for whiskey.

We will absolutely talk about whiskey labelling, the provenance of brands and the terroir of barley. We will actively explore the various routes open to a new Irish Whiskey Brand and the importance of absolute clarity in how a new brand is positioned in the eyes of consumers.

Hosted as always by Highbank Organic Orchard who are distillers of distinction in their own right and a tour of the orchard and distillery is included with your ticket.
This will take place at 17.30.

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See you on the 29th September 🙂

Keith and Julie

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The Magic of Fermentation. 2

It was too good to not repeat. Mid January we held the Magic of Fermentation and it was really popular and enjoyed by around 80 people.

So we are bringing 3 great food producers and 1 great nutritional therapist back to explore some more of the magic.

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Mostly its liquid this time. We have Gerry Scullion, the King of Kefir alongside Adrian Hyde from Holo Organic (Kombucha) and then a man more known for his vegan chef’ing in Cornucopia James Burke. He is with us on this evening as he is launching a new food business making Tempeh initially and then branching out to other fermented foods….

Providing some observations on how fermentation helps our health will be Jemma Kehoe who was previously with us for the Fats evening in November.

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See you on the 16th 🙂

Keith and Julie

Oats, ABG (Anything but gruel) – Sat 3rd March – CANCELLED DUE TO thebeastfromtheeast

Took the decision this evening (27th) to not risk people having issues or accidents trying to get to Highbank on Saturday to the event. 


Next up we visit our breakfast and swerve rapidly to avoid what would be the traditional Irish fry up ;-). You can buy tickets here or read some more…

Oats, porridge, gruel (maybe not so much). A traditional grain which, if you are anything like me, gets consumed with a lack of imagination. So this evening we are joined by one previous guest and 3 new to use to explore the world of oats past, present and future.

Thats Saturday 3rd March at 6.30pm in Highbank Organic Orchard.

Jemma Kehoe, Nutritional Therapist will set the scene by exploring the benefits of this wonderful grain in our diets.

Kevin Scully, The Merry Mill is next with his story of how himself and his family moved from being farmers of oats to now growing and milling organically on their farm.

Maria Betts, Maria Lucia Bakes will share her journey from business woman and coach to being the founder of this granola business based in Dublin.

Finally John Flahavan, great-great-great-grandchild of the founder of Flahavan’s, will share a little on their heritage, their work with farmers around Ireland and how they are now using oats as the basis for a wide range of products.

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Tickets available here.

See you on the night and be sure to explore the range of Highbank Organic Orchard products including the new fermented organic apple vinegar and the balsamic variant – both available to refill into your own container.

Keith (Biabeag) and Julie (Highbank Organic Orchard)

 

The Magic of Fermented Foods

Venue: Highbank Orchards & Distillery

Date: Saturday 13th January 2018
Time: 6.30pm for 2 hours

Tickets: €9. CLICK HERE

 

This evening is all about fermentation. “Fermentation is the process in which a substance breaks down into a simpler substance. Microorganisms like yeast and bacteria usually play a role in the fermentation process, creating beer, wine, bread, kimchi, yogurt and other foods.

Fermentation comes from the Latin word fermentare, meaning “to leaven.”

Our three producers & one nutritional therapist are:

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– Joe Fitzmaurice, Riot Rye bakery on sourdough breads and the starters which power them
– Rod Calder Potts (the other half of our host Julie) on the journey of apples into vinegar
– Hayley Milthorpe, The Cultured Food Co.
– Eleanor Duggan (The Little Green Grocer)

We kick off at 18.30 and finish 2 hours later…..there will be tastings :-).

The evening will explore the reasons why food producers use fermentation, their stories and passions and will also look at the positive impacts of those foods on our health.

Tickets: €9. CLICK HERE

Biabeag Online update – now up 67 online sources of great Irish food products

I’ve put up another 8 online stores today – all websites based in Ireland and run by small to medium businesses where you can buy Irish artisan food products online. The full listing is also on a single page and I’ve reproduced below.

Enjoy browsing and shopping – either in this online stores or in your local independent food shop.

/Keith

Food Producers

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Abernethy Butter Company

AlgAran Seaweed

Badger & Dodo

BeeActiv

Big Red Kitchen

Burren Smokehouse

Castlemine Farm

Chocolate Garden

Comeragh Mountain Lamb

Chez Emily

Connemara Smokehouse

Crowe Farm

Delicious Bakery

Diva Bakery

Donegal Rapeseed Oil

Duncannon Smokehouse

Eight Degrees

Foods of Athenry

Goatsbridge Trout Farm

Good Food Ireland

Green Saffron

Griffins Bakery

Herterich Artisan Meats

Highbank Organic Orchards

Irish Piedmontese Beef

Iswari Superfoods

James Whelan Butchers

Kerry Fish

Kettlyle Irish Foods

Kingfisher Tea

Kinvara Smoked Salmon

Knockdrinna

Leaves Pure Food

Maria Lucia Bakes

McCarthy’s of Kanturk

McGeough’s Artisan Butcher

Mileeven Honey

Natashas Living Food

Newgrange Gold

Ponaire

Real Italian Foodies

Rebel Chilli

Roscommon Chocolate Company

Seagull Bakery

Seymours Biscuits

Sprout & Co

Stript Snacks

The Apple Farm

The Cookie Jar

The Truffle Fairy

Ummera

Wild Irish Sea Veg

Wyldsson Elite Nutrition

Pure Online

Absolutely Organic

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Bite To Savour

Indie Fude

Made to Savour

Manna Organic Store

Plant Goodness

Offline and Online

Ardkeen Quality Food Store

Bradley off-Licence

My Mexican Shop

O’Briens Wine

Sheridans Cheesemongers

Food Producer Business – Starter Kit

This is a round up of a couple of different things I have referred to across different accounts and media. Aimed at anyone who is considering starting a business but especially a food product one in Kilkenny.

Farmers Markets:

You will want to test your product on real people. Farmers markets are the most popular and best way of doing this. Kilkenny has one every Thursday on the Parade outside the Castle. Here is Josephine, Spelt Bakers stall there:

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Food Production:

With initial production likely to be in your kitchen at home (unless you have very specific requirements) after a while you will hopefully need to produce in higher volumes. There is a commercial kitchen available to rent in Kilkenny

Further details:

  • 6 ring industrial gas hob / oven
  • Industrial fridge
  • industrial glass washer
  • Upright stainless steel deepfreeze
  • Double drainer sink and separate hand washing sink
  • PVC clad walls throughout
  • Industrial wall sockets and tiled floor with stainless steel gullies
  • Electricity and gas supply metered

For more information contact Kevin Mahon on +353 (86) 828 6863

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Office space:

Not an problem initially but occasionally you might want to find a space to do your marketing and admin in. The newly launched (available from mid January) shared work space New Work Junction offers an affordable and professional working environment.

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Commercial Focus:

With a multiplicity of startup programs around 2013 saw the beginning of one that has gained a great reputation. The Food Academy is run by Bord Bia and the local Enterprise Offices with the Support of Musgraves. Right now I can’t find an up to date website for it but check this Fingal LEO link for some info and contact your local LEO office.

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Keith

Biabeag – Wordpress generated 2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Decided to include it as a blog post 🙂

Some of the stats are kinda interesting.

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Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 20,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.