If you’re in the North Cork area this month, then don’t miss the Killavullen Farmers’ Market, which takes place on Saturday 14 (tomorrow!) and Saturday 28 March, from 10.30 am to 1pm at the Nano Nagle Centre.
On the other hand, if you’re in Dublin next Wednesday, 18 March, sign up for the first Great Irish Foodie Quiz, which chef Ainé Maguire (one of our interviewees for the Foodtalk: Wild radio programme – check out her blog at Drumms) has organised to raise funds for Special Olympics Ireland. It will be taking place at Fallon & Byrne on Exchequer Street from 7.30pm and admission per team of four is €80. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out if there is still space.
Watch out for new community site Qype, just launched in Ireland, with information on restaurants, pubs and cafés around Dublin. I had to laugh when I saw the reviews of Simon’s Place, one of my old favourites when Saturdays always involved coffee and cinnamon buns with a window view, before going around to Road Records to stock up on that week’s new releases.
And, to go off-topic for a moment, show your support for independent record shops in general and Road Records in particular by heading along to One For The Road: A Road Records Benefit & Celebration in Andrew’s Lane Theatre, Dublin tomorrow night, Saturday 14 March, at 8pm. You can get your tickets – with none of those ridiculous extra charges – on tickets.ie.
Bord Bia are launching a public awareness campaign, encouraging customers to ask where the food on their plate comes from. After all, it’s good to know that your dinner hasn’t fallen off the back of a truck but be prepared for lots of cluelessness from ill-informed waiting staff.
And, lastly, but by no means least, if you’re planning a party at home, talk to local caterer Jane Clarke who is offering a special price of €18 per person for two main dishes, three salads and two desserts. Like myself, Jane is Ballymaloe-trained, so you know you’re going to be getting high quality fresh food, prepared with local ingredients. Her website is at www.janeclarke.ie