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The menu: Dingle delights

Neidín is already on the steroids getting ready to haul The Menu’s enormous carcass west to one of his most favourite annual food outings, The Dingle Food Festival (Sept 30-Oct 2) in association with the Blás na hÉireann National Irish Food Award.

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The menu: Mouth-watering Macroom

This year’s Macroom Food Festival (Sept 23-25) sets out under the thematic heading of ‘Blás na hÁite’, which is as it should be for the lovely Cork town and its glorious hinterland, heaving with some very fine producers, farmers, and growers, many of them great favourites of The Menu. 

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The menu: Taste of West Cork

The Taste of West Cork (September 9-18) food festival is in full flight and The Menu shall be up to his oxters in same. 

 

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The menu: Taste of West Cork

Should you be looking for The Menu in the coming weeks then he shall mostly be found atop Neidín, roaming the wonderful wilds of West Cork with a knife in his belt and a skillet on his back for the Taste of West Cork Food Festival (Sept 9-18).

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The Menu: Taste of West Cork Festival

He shall cover it in more detail next week but The Menu can hardly contain himself at the prospect of the imminent Taste of West Cork food festival (September 9-18) with over 170 events taking place in 32 towns and villages and eight islands across the West Cork region.

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The menu: Cork Simon Community fundraising dinner party

SIMON SUPPER
The Menu shall be polishing the cutlery, putting an iron to the table linen and airing out the ‘good room’ in anticipation of a very special meal.

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The menu: Pop-up perfection at The Garden Café, Cork

The Menu has long been meaning to make mention of the wonderful little Garden Café, sited in a Victorian glasshouse perched just above the heart of Blackpool, and a wonderful combination of pop-up supper and photo exhibition has given him ample reason to do so. 

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The menu: Social servings

 

The Menu is delighted to herald the return of one the most important Irish food awards, The Irish Food Writers’ Guild Social Responsibility Award. 

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The menu: Bandon farmers market

In the market
Having manned stalls at the very outset of the Irish farmer’s market revolution back in the early 90s.

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The menu: Tastes of Euro-Toques

The Leeside ladies Ali Honour of Ali’s Kitchen and Kate Lawlor of Fenn’s Quay head for the Big Smoke for the third in a series of dinners to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the formation of Euro-Toques Ireland, all cooked by the chef-members themselves. 

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The menu: Food tourism 2016

The Restaurants Association has changed the name of their former Foodie Town destination initiative, now calling it Foodie Destination 2016.

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The menu: Gender Balance

It crept up rather unnoticed on the inside post but The Menu believes the just-announced Athrú 2016 (18/19 July) will prove in the long run to be one of the more important gatherings in Irish food as leading female chefs, restaurateurs and other culinary figures come together in Galway to convene a conference aimed at empowering women working in professional culinary arts.

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The Menu: Valentia Island King Scallop Festival

Whenever mention is made of Valentia Island, a guilty Menu reverts yet again to that much-scored spot on his mental checklist.

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The Menu: The best places to eat on the Wild Atlantic Way

WILD WAYS
John & Sally McKenna’s Guides have passed the last quarter of a century gently if very assuredly leading Irish diners to some of the finest troughs in the land and the latest tome from the stable, the third edition of Where to Eat & Stay on the Wild Atlantic Way (Estragon Press), maintains the same impossibly high standards.

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The Menu: Cork Midsummer Fest

The Menu enjoyed a splendid repast, cooked by some of Ireland’s finest chefs, including Eurotoque Ireland General Commissioner, Graham Neville, of Dublin’s Restaurant 41, at Ballymaloe House this week. 

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The Menu: Father's Day, Kinsale Good Food Circle andCork Summer Show

PRANDIAL PATRIARCHS
Every day is Father’s Day (June 19) in The Menu’s household.

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The menu: Taste of Dublin

Perfect picnic
Trusting this fine weather continues, a picnic in the park sounds most appealing, particularly, if the park in question is Dublin’s exquisite Iveagh Gardens and the ‘picnic’ is Taste of Dublin (June 16-19).

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The menu: Bloom in Phoenix Park

BLOOMING SPECIAL
Instead of making do with a quick trip to the garden centre next weekend, The Menu has his heart set on a visit to Bloom (June 2-6), in the Phoenix Park, the country’s largest garden, food and family festival. 

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The menu: Enjoy! Food You’ll Love by Sheila Kiely

Several years ago, while raising six offspring and also working with husband Denis in their shared business, Sheila Kiely found the time to write (and photograph!) her first cookbook, Gimme the Recipe, and the follow-up, Enjoy! Food You’ll Love (Mercier Press) has hit the shelves.

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The Menu: Food for the future

For a spell, the gastronomic reputation of the lovely seaside town of Kinsale appeared to be succumbing to a certain flabbiness of practice but recent years has seen the arrival of some sharp new operators raising standards across the board. 

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The menu: Fundraiser BBQ at Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa

The Menu is delighted to bring tidings of an excellent fundraiser BBQ (May 13) at Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa in aid of Syrian refugees, in particular, the West Cork Island to Island fund, with musical entertainment on the night from John Spillane.

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The menu: Start-up stalls in the English Market, Cork

The Menu recalls a time, a few decades ago, when the English Market was on its uppers, seemingly in terminal decline. 

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