The Menu has Neidín hitched up and is heading for beautiful town of Kilkenny for Savour Kilkenny Food Festival (Oct 24-27), another shining Irish example of ‘Place on a Plate’, with fine local growers and producers at the forefront of a food revolution.
Can the Critics Cook? sees a trio of (very brave) Irish food critics, including The Menu, swap verbal knives for the real deal and engage in a cook-off instead of critiquing the efforts of others. The Menu fears the attendance of more than a few chefs nursing still wounded egos, all very keen to engage in a spot of front-row gloating. An always-splendid programme also includes a call for all native ‘Cats’ (amateur and professional) to join in the Night of 1,000 Feasts (Oct 26) and host a community meal to fundraise for the Town of Food project. www.savourkilkenny.com
Beer of the week
Dan Kelly’s Cider, 4.5%ABV; 500ml, €4.49
Stockists: Matsons; Bradleys; No 21 Coburg St and Midleton; Baggot St Wines; Vintry; McHughs; Mace, Drogheda; Conways, Ratoath
Made from apples on the 80-acre McNeece farm near Drogheda. The hand-picking prevents bruising, and Olan McNeece is convinced he gets cleaner, fresher fruit flavours. The cider is wild yeast fermented and no sulphites, acids or sweeteners are added.
A blend of Dabinett and Bramley with lovely bright apple and pear aromas and lingering rich fruit on the palate; lightly sparkling and with a dry complex finish. Also watch out for the limited edition, aged, Fiona’s Fancy, their excellent, spicy sister cider.
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