THE REAL DEAL
Real Bread Ireland, one of the important new organisations on the Irish food firmament, and RBI member The Bretzel Bakery, play host to a truly remarkable special guest, Andrew Whitley, the internationally-renowned baker, author (Bread Matters) and co-founder of the UK Real Bread Campaign and one of The Menu’s all time heroes.
Of all the fine foodstuffs produced on this green isle, The Menu finds it hard to look past our splendid farmhouse cheeses and so was delighted to see the Irish Cheese Awards finally afforded an occasion worthy of acknowledging that particular sector’s contribution to Irish food at a most splendid night at Ballymaloe.More
Bia Food Initiative take top social responsibility awardMore
THE HIGH ROAD
The Menu shall be hitting the high road for the excellent Savour Kilkenny food festival (Oct 22-26) in one of Ireland’s great culinary capitals.
A Books Are My Bag Bookshop Party (Today, Oct 10) in Waterstone’s, Patrick St, features local Cork authors signing their own books with The Menu especially keen to pick up his signed copy of Trish Deseine’s Home.More
Real Bread Ireland is a grouping of the very finest Irish craft bakers determined to promote the traditional values of real bread.
The Menu is in the full throes of festival fever and first port of call is the Galway International Oyster Festival (Sept 25-27).More
One of the great national initiatives of recent times is Culture Night (September 18) and, most fittingly, food has come to play a great part in proceedings.More
There is activity in abundance in the sunny south-east, beginning with the Waterford Harvest Festival (Sept 11-13, www.waterfordharvestfestival.ie ).More
The splendid Taste of West Cork food festival (Sept 4-13) rolls around once more with yet another celebration of the food culture of Ireland’s original larder and the mighty programme is more ambitious than ever, 140+ events spanning 32 towns and villages, along with eight islands, throughout West Cork.More
One of the great ironies of the ‘Edible Erin’ calendar is that the arrival once more of a new school year coincides with the busiest time of the year for food festivals, the season really beginning around now.More
Those beards will certainly need a liberal dousing in flame retardant as The Big Grill BBQ & Craft Beer Festival (Aug 13-16) returns once more to Dublin’s Herbert Park.More
The menu would think nothing saddling up Neidín and travelling to Cavan and back for a taste of Silke Cropp’s Corleggy Cheese alone but throw in the Taste of Cavan 2015 food festival (Aug 7-8) and he’d be near tempted to shoulder the bould Neidín himself.More
The Menu is packing his theatre binoculars with the mother-of-pearl inlay and his most elasticated cummerbund for what promises to be a splendid evening of theatrical and culinary high-jinks at Dublin’s Smock Alley Theatre throughout the month of August.More
The Menu has spent the last decade bending the ears of any with pockets of sufficient depth and the business nous necessary for creating and maintaining such aforementioned fiscal fortitude about the viability of a ‘permanent’ farmer’s market, believing it to be a marvelous business opportunity with equally positive social implications for the community.More