The Mallow Food Festival has taken a move this year and will be taking place in the town on Sunday morning as part of Racing Home for Easter. We’ve had a great time at the festival for the last two years (despite last year’s torrential rain!) so will be heading there bright and early, trying not to spoil our appetite for Easter lunch. More information below.10am – 1.30pm: Food & Craft Fair in Mallow Town: a showcase of Munster’s best produce and crafts with children’s entertainment including Stilt Walkers/Clowns, Lungi the Travelling Puppeteer, the Hakuna Matata Aerobic Performers and the fabulous Mobile Farm. Contact Claire Ryan on 022 53257 or Roisin Lucey on 087 0554382 for more info.Also on our list of things to do this Easter Sunday is the Beerfest at the Franciscan Well Brewery in Cork City. Alongside their own Shandon Stout and Rebel Red, they will be featuring craft beers from ten microbreweries around of Ireland. As far as I know, it starts at 2pm but, frustratingly, the Franciscan Well website hasn’t been updated with event details. Still, I’m sure a lot of the Husband‘s fellow homebrewers will make it along!
The list has been radically slimmed down! Good luck to the five worthy finalists in the Best Food/Drink category for this year’s Irish Blog Awards, which are taking place this Saturday in Galway. Good to see some of our regular favourites – Ice Cream Ireland, Daily Spud (both previous winners at the Blog Awards) and Good Mood Food – alongside The Beer Nut’s comprehensive notes on decent beers and Paul J Kiernan’s take on all things wine. May the best blog win!
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In 2006 I wrote an article in reaction to the announcement that US magazine Saveur was about to publish a piece on Ireland as a foodie destination, wondering just what these “mythical gastrotourists” would find if they ventured off the beaten track. The quotes from that piece used in Saturday’s Irish Times Magazine article on Colman Andrews’ The Country Cooking of Ireland made me revisit it and wonder about what’s changed.
Congratulations to all those on the long shortlist for this year’s Irish Blog Awards, particularly the 25 competing in the best food/drink category. Sadly Bibliocook didn’t make it through this year but the list below will give you a good chance to catch up with what is going on in the Irish blogosphere, particularly if you’re interested in food!