Slow Food Events in East and West Cork for Terre Madre Day

There are lots of lovely food orientated events taking place over the next week to celebrate Slow Food’s Terre Madre Day, including meals in East and West Cork. These feasts will be taking place in the Grain Store at Ballymaloe House on Sunday 6 December and at the fantastic Blue Geranium Cafe at Hosford’s Garden Centre on Wednesday 9 December. Both events will feature local foods and producers, including – in East Cork – plum puddings from Arun Kapil (his Green Saffron mixed spice is worth travelling miles for), chocolates from Casey O’Connaill and breads from both Arbutus and Scott Walsh. More information below…

East Cork Slow Food Terra Madre Dinner A quick note to tell you about a great Slow Food event we’re planning on Sunday, 6th December to celebrate Terre Madre day.All over the world Slow Food members and their friends will celebrate eating locally. In East Cork we’re planning a feast of local food in the Grain Store at Ballymaloe House at 7pm. We’ll set it up like a Farmer’s Market so guests can meet and taste the food of the artisan producers, farmers, fishermen, cheese makers, butchers, bakers, charcutiers and chocolatiers…There will be some great music, dancing, lots of fun and lots and lots of delicious food; Fingal Ferguson‘s Gubbeen charcuterie, Frank Hederman and Bill Casey’s smoked fish, Nora Aherne‘s roast duck, John Tait’s Aberdeen Angus beef from Rostellan, Willie Drohan’s Comeragh mountain lamb, Patrick Walsh and Willie Scannell’s floury potatoes, Brenda Riordan’s Ballycotton shrimps and prawns, a variety of farmhouse cheese, Declan Ryan and Scott Walsh’s artisan breads, Arun Kapil’s spicy plum puddings, Casey O’Connaill’s hand made choccies and much, much more.Bring a big bag to stock up on goodies for Christmas.Myrtle and Hazel Allen have kindly offered a very special B&B rate at Ballymaloe House for those who would like to chill out and stay overnight.So if you’re tempted, please call Emer at the cookery school to book for the Terre Madre feast on 021 4646785 or Roisin Allen at Ballymaloe House to book the B&B on 021 4652531. Booking is essential. Proceeds of the event go to the East Cork Slow Food Educational Project.West Cork Slow Food Terra Madre Day 2009Com and celebrate Slow Food’s Terra Madre Day 2009 in West Cork, on Wednesday December 9th at the Blue Geranium Café in Cappa, (at Hosford’s Garden Centre between Bandon and Clonakilty) there will be a three-course tasting menu of local foods cooked by Olive Brennan and Robbie Krawcyzk.Producers will speak between courses and carols sung.As it is Budget day, the cost will be kept low at €20 per head which will include a glass of mulled wine. You are welcome to bring a bottle of wine for you and your friends to enjoy.We are also launching a vegetable-box scheme with a raffle, proceeds of which go towards the purchase and distribution of Christmas boxes to local families – especially low-income groups who have difficulty obtaining fresh, local produce. Until recently money didn’t determine the right to good food in Ireland as most people grew vegetables at home – let’s get back to our roots!Bookings can be made at Urru Bandon, and at Hosford’s Garden CentreMore information: 086 067 6249 or slowfoodwestcork@gmail.comTo read more about Terra Madre Day around the world go to


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