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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  1. Neva says:

    Hi Car,I though you might be interested in this article in the guardian on eating food alone: such an interesting area of food that we dont often talk about – unless its those somewhat sad looking ‘Cooking for 1’ cookbooks.I tend to vary – sometimes cooking myself whole meals – a prawn, smoked paprika, tomato and butterpean type stew or tiny lamb chops with chickpea and garden greens mash being favourites then other times i just want something on toast or feel the need to use up the randoms in the fridge.My boy of the mo however when left to himself will eat cereal. Which i guess is not a bad as his blue powerade breakfasts…

  2. Caroline says:

    The blue powerade reminds me of a certain vegetarian boyfriend who had a demented love for “fizzy pop” at all times of the day!That’s an interesting article. Doesn’t Nigella have a chapter on food for one in our copies of How To Eat? I do remember something about lamb shanks. (There’s also a chapter on feeding babies and small children which I never thought I’d need but is now coming in very useful!)Randoms from the fridge only get there if you’re cooking and shopping in the first place, which probably puts you ahead of most cooking-for-one-persons. When we were living together my dinners were often something involving cheese on toast but I tried to make it good cheese and great bread – it’s still something that we have a lot of, especially the Husband’s all-time favourite tuna melts. When he’s away I love to have something involving lamb’s liver or kidneys: he’s not a fan 🙂 That, and a glass of good red wine, and dinner for one turns into a feast. I’d be very much with you on the tiny lamb chops.BTW, every time I make homemade burgers I think of you! You always made the best ones.

  3. Gillian says:

    Thanks for the tip. If you find out any more details than what is on the website can you post it please please. I wouldn’t mind going as I’m in Tipp this weekend. I’ve emailed them too.I must bring some chocolate along and do some taste tests … anyone for a chocolate & bacon truffle?? If kid you not, Vosges chocolatier have a range of bacon and chocolate.

  4. Caroline says:

    You’re in luck, Gillian – I managed to find the flyer this morning. It went a-missing when the Husband was doing a power-tidy before guests arrived! I’ll update the post above with the details. If you’re there we’ll have to meet up – drop me a line at

  5. Maria says:

    Hi Caroline, didn’t make it to the Mallow Food Festival, hopefully I’ll make it to the Mitchelstown one! Might see ye there! I’ve missed all the previous festivals between one thing or another, so I’m making it my mission!

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