Irish pork at the Mitchelstown Food Festival


Food writer, broadcaster and author Caroline Hennessy has been focused on food and writing since editing Ireland’s first food website for RTÉ in 2000. Chair of the Irish Food Writers’ Guild, she established the award-winning Bibliocook: All About Food in 2005, is the author of two books about beer and food and has a column in the Irish Examiner in which she writes about small food producers and the ways in which they develop and maintain a sustainable local food system.

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7 Responses

  1. Sorcha in Brisbane says:

    As an ex-pat now living in Australia, I am thoroughly enjoying your roving through contemporary Irish cuisine and Irish produce.Please keep it up.

  2. Gillian says:

    Thanks a million for posting the info and after all my planning to get to the Michelstown Fest, I didn’t make it out of Co. Tipp on Sunday. HoneyB was a little under the weather so we had to stay put … tummy was a little upset so I thought it best not to tempt her with the smell of sausages. She is much better now and we had our own local sausages tonight to make up for it.Sounds like a good show and a lot of effort from the organisers … maybe next year.

  3. Caroline says:

    Good to hear it Sorcha! Lucky you being in Brisbane – I visited, too briefly, a few years ago and loved the city and the food.Pity that you didn’t make it, Gillian, but I can’t imagine HoneyB would have been able for much at the market. It took place in a huge shed with a bouncy castle and plenty of stomach-stirring fun for small children! We didn’t stay for too long as Little Missy wasn’t really liking the enclosed sound but I still managed to get my hands on plenty of different cheese, a chunk of terrine and some of Caroline Rigney’s meaty-looking sausages. Toad in the Hole coming up soon, methinks.

  4. Maria O'Keeffe says:

    Great seeing you all at the local food fest Caroline, came home with a feast of gorgeous, sausages, fudge, brownies, coffee and walnut cake and raspberry jam! Yum!

  5. Caroline says:

    Great that you finally made it there, Maria. There certainly was plenty to taste and eat!

  6. Caroline,Great to see you and the family recently. That rhubard cake with rosewater was seriously yum. Many thanks!What do you think about this week’s report that Irish pork is not up to scratch, according to chefs? They claim it has no flavour and that pigs are being fed genetically modified and sub-standard food.Why don’t we have a pork industry like Italy and Spain? Also, is it possible to buy ham that has not been injected with chemicals?Mags

  7. Caroline says:

    Sorry about the delay in responding, Margaret, but I was trying to track down the Euro-toques report, which had landed in my spam folder.I do think the Euro-toques chefs have a point. I’ve just finished reading Basket Case: What’s Happening to Ireland’s Food? and its authors make the point that Irish pigs are fed GM soya and GM cereals. Why? Because they are cheaper than non-GM feeds. The wrongs and rights of GM foods can be debated elsewhere: you just have to make the decision if that’s what you want to eat.I do think that it is worth searching out the small producers and paying a decent price. After visiting the farm and seeing his pigs, I buy Gubbeen ham from Fingal Ferguson because I know how and where it is produced. I also get organic pork belly and mince from Knockatullera Farm Produce at my local farmers’ market in Killavullen.That said, the pork and bacon that I tasted at the Mitchelstown Food Festival workshop was fantastic – and produced on a much larger scale. Just make sure that you have some fat on it!

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