The Food on the Edge symposium (October 22-23) returns with a gathering of chefs and food personages, from home and abroad, assembling in Galway for talks, panel discussions, and masterclasses, led by joint MCs, chef/restaurateur JP McMahon (Galway), chef Matt Orlando (Copenhagen), and Sasu Laukkonen (Helsinki).
CELEBRITY chef Neven Maguire was the first boy in his school in Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim, to do home economics. He is reminiscing about those days with his teacher Mairead McMorrow — “she was an inspiration” — who, in turn, is clearly proud of her famous student.
Always something of a trailblazer, The Franciscan Well brewery continues in this vein by hosting Fem-Ale Fest (August 10-11), Ireland’s very first festival dedicated to celebrating the women of Irish brewing, with over 15 participating breweries and a full programme of speakers, panel discussions and entertainment along with gallons of great beer.
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.
The acclaimed Jim McGuinness memoir, Until Victory Always, has been shortlisted for the Irish Sports Book of the Year award at the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards which will be held in the Double Tree Hilton Hotel in Dublin on Wednesday, November 25.