Taste of Wicklow returns for its seventh year in the stunning Abbey Grounds, Wicklow Town on the 28th- 30th June. This family friendly event includes a broad range of activities tailored to suit all ages. The programme will feature a collection of artisan food and craft stalls,food demonstrations, workshops, live music and dance performances. Activities such as face painting, circus shows and walk- about entertainers will be on hand to provide endless entertainment.
This festival gives a great opportunity for local food producers to showcase their products and network within the Irish Food industry, which is of major importance for Co. Wicklow at the moment. In 2018 Wicklow Co. Council inducted a food strategy for the county to use as a tool which can help re-invent Wicklow as it is perceived by those that live there, and the domestic and international visitor. The main goals of the Wicklow Food Strategy are:
What to Expect:
2019 brings a new event to this wonderful weekend in Wicklow Town. An Outdoor Cinema will kickstart the weekend, with the movie being shown to be announced. The Irish Popcorn Company will be alongside the cinema ensuring everyone has the essential snacks for the day ahead! For the thirstier movie- goer, the historic Bridge Tavern will have their own stall with a full bar at the event, along with many other food & drink stalls.
At 5pm the Taste of Wicklow will showcase an exhilarating outdoor music festival Live at The Abbey, with some of the most exciting acts in the country including Seo Linn, who have just recently returned from a tour of Australia, local Wicklow town band Look to the Lady and Xquisite Dance group who were runners up in the nationwide talent show Ireland's Got Talent. Along with these exciting entertainers over thirty food stalls and a full bar will also be available in the Abbey Grounds.
This is the festival for all the foodies to experience this summer. Taste of Wicklow has established itself as the leading food festival in the South East of Ireland with chefs Derry Clarke, Catherine Fulvio and Paul Kelly, along with many others, bringing their considerable talents to the stage. Masterclass demonstrations will be held throughout the afternoon by a variety of national and local chefs. The vast array of food and drink stalls will ensure that everyone's taste is satisfied.
Go to https://tasteofwicklow.ie to find out more details on this fun filled weekend.
Newmarket Kitchen members have had great success at the Blas na hEireann Food Awards over the years, with several of our members being nominated for awards and others going on to be awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze. If you have not yet entered, it is not too late as the final closing date for entry is June 15th.
Blas na hEireann celebrated their tenth anniversary last year. With ten years of continuous success and with over 40 categories for 2018, Blas nah hEireann is Ireland’s biggest competition for quality Irish produce. The criteria on which the products are judged is now recognised as an international industry standard. Blas was established with the aim to improve standards and food quality.
The awards event will provide advantage for all attendants as it will give all contestants a greater insight in to the industry and allow for the growth of new relationships with other Irish producers and with buyers.
If you have never heard of the Blas na hEireann Food awards, I have no doubt that you are familiar with their awards logo that can be found on many Irish food products. Research has shown that the Blas accreditation has the highest recognition amongst Irish consumers. Being awarded with a Blas award encourages consumers to buy your products, as it promises a top quality Irish product. The competition produces Gold, Silver and Bronze awards for each category.
The competition sees that the products entered are blind tasted, this creates a fair playing field for all involved. The identifying features on the products are removed before being presented to the judges. The competition is tough as only five finalist place for each category. The awards are a celebration of the best tasting food that Ireland has to offer and the driven producers that make it.
In the last number of years Blas na hEireann has seen an increasing number of Artisan food producers entering and receiving awards in the competition. Blas benefits small-food-producers as it provides an even division of entries. Blas works to help producers of all sizes to grow and develop in to well-known names, making their products recognisable and strengthening brand awareness.
Take a look at the Blas na hEireann key dates for 2018 and for more information on the terms and conditions for entry check out the Blas na hEireann’s website.
17th March- Online entry open
30th April- Early-bird closes
15th June – Final date for entry
June/July- Initial judging
August- finalists notified
4th October- Finalist judging
5th October- workshops and master classes
6th October- Blas nah Eireann awards presented and producer networking events
As we enter the month of May, the sun is starting to make an appearance, which means the Irish festival season is starting to warm up. Regardless of the weather, the season for food events and festivals is fast approaching and we cannot wait!
Food events are the perfect day out for everyone, they are a great way to discover Ireland, support local businesses and are a way to experience some of the best food Ireland has to offer.
Many have free entry and are accompanied with live music, children's activities and all round entertainment for you to really get in the Summer mood.
Here are a list and information on some of the best food events and festivals in Ireland this summer!
31st-4th of June: Bloom, Dublin.
31st- 4th of June: International Food Truck Festival, Limerick.
June 9th: Pizza and Prosecco Festival, Dublin.
June 14th-17th: The Eatyard Crisp Festival, Dublin.
June 15th-17th: Bia Lover Festival of Food, Galway.
June 15th-18th: Taste Dublin, Dublin.
June 17th: The Garden Festival, Limerick.
June 22nd-24th: Body and Soul, Westmeath.
June 25th-30th : Irish Gin and Tonic Festival.
June 29th-July 1st : Seafest, Galway.
July 5th-8th: Kilmore Quay Seafood Festival, Wexford.
July 8th-15th: Ballina Salmon Festival, Mayo.
July 14th-15th: Wing Food Fest, Bray, Wicklow.
July 21st-22nd : Valenica Island King Scallop Festival, Kerry.
August 4th-5th: Beat Yard 2018, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin.
August 16th-19th: The Big Grill Festival, Dublin.
August 24th-26th: The Dalkey Lobster Festival, Dublin.
Not only are food and drink events a great day out, they are a brilliant way to build contacts within the food world and can also provide invaluable inspiration to those who are considering starting a food business. Festivals and events are a great resource to discover what food business concepts work and do not work, what people like (the stalls with the longest lines!) and those ideas which may seem great but aren’t quite understood by the customer (the stalls with no line!). Many of the people running stalls at these food festivals will be more than willing to have a chat if they aren’t too busy and you ask nicely. You should pick their brain and ask them any questions you may have in regards to challenges they faced or ones you are currently facing after all they were once in your shoes.
Summer tends to be the peak time for events- rain, sleet or snow in Ireland. We have compiled a list of the food festivals and events on during summer 2017, so get the diary out and start planning some trips.
Taste of Dublin (15th-18th)
Westport Food Festival (23rd-25th)
Flavours of South Dublin (25th)
The Irish G&T Festival (25th-July 1st)
Cork and Kerry Food Forum (26-27th)
Cork Dessert Festival (26th-July 2nd)
Kilmore Quay Seafood Festival (6th-9th)
Enniscorthy Rockin’ Food Festival (4th-7th)
The Big Grill Festival (10th-13th)
Taste of Cavan (11th-12th)
A Taste of Donegal (25th-27th)
Now in it's 9th year, Blas na hEireann, The Irish Food Awards is the biggest competition for quality Irish produce on the island of Ireland. Over 2,500 products have been entered into the 2016 competition to win Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards in over 100 food and drink categories as well as key awards such as Supreme Champion and Best Artisan Producer.
Winners of the awards will be announced in Dingle on Saturday 1st of October.
Not one, not two but three Newmarket Kitchen members have been nominated for a Blas award. This is some much deserved recognition for their hard work and long hours put in to produce and market such fantastic products. Here are the three producers from Newmarket Kitchen who will be attending Blas this coming Saturday in Dingle, Co. Kerry (In no particular order)
1. Goodness Gracious (Clare Wilkinson)
2. Nutritiously Delicious (Andria & Elaine)
3. Dan & Monstro (Mari Donelan)
If you haven't tried any of the girls products I would seriously recommend doing so because they are all absolutely delicious in their own right!
Some Nutritiously Delicious natural Muesli with Greek yogurt and berries for breakfast, Dan & Monstro's tomato sauce with spaghetti and Parmesan for lunch and as a little treat, one of Goodness Gracious' Chocolate Salted Caramel Mousse Cakes with a cuppa tea for dessert.
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