Food, glorious Food(Camp)


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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12 Responses

  1. Daily Spud says:

    Sure there was no need for you to be nervous at all Caroline 🙂 Onwards and upwards for the IFBA!

  2. Kristin says:

    Fantastic recap, Caroline! There still wouldn’t be an IFBA if it wasn’t for your HTML hobby and your brilliant idea to launch it at Food Camp. I’m in awe of all you’ve done and honoured to have launched it with you!

  3. what a great write up. The day was marvellous and your launch was the only talk I got to ;)Thanks for attending and for speaking, look forward to a one year review next time round in Kilkenny.Keith

  4. Lolaluskitchen says:

    Thanks for the great post filling us in on what we missed – looks like a really great day. Sadly I missed it due to work, but was actually let go that day – now I’m twice as annoyed I missed it! Fingers crossed it’ll happen again next year. The Irish Food Bloggers Association looks incredible I’m all signed up and snooping around already

  5. Dee Sewell says:

    Great write up Caroline. It’s handy to have all the links as I didn’t write down everybody’s details and can now look them all up! Thanks.

  6. Mag kirwan says:

    What a fantastic day . Great blog by the way. Keep up the good work.

  7. Vicky says:

    Well done Caroline, sounds like a great day, IFBA website looks great. Congrats. Can’t wait for the events! Vicky xx

  8. Caroline says:

    @Daily Spud it’s always easy not be nervous after the fact! I think it was all that presentation-rehearsing in the car on the way to Kilkenny that made all the difference.

    @Kristin awww..thanks! I think we make a great team.

    @Keith that sounds like there’ll be a 2011 FoodCamp. Great! Will be looking forward to getting the opportunity to review the IFBA’s first year. Now, just a few page tweeks to get out of the way so it makes it happily to the end of its first week…

    @Lolaluskitchen sorry to hear that you got go from work that day. It really wasn’t the day to be in the office, was it?

    @Dee glad to help – and lovely to meet you in Kilkenny.

    @Mag thank you – and a big thank you for the opportunity to launch at FoodCamp. Great idea!

    @Vicky we’ll have a few things happening and hopefully everyone will let us know about what they’re planning so we can post it up. As we kept saying at the launch, the IFBA is all about the members, what they’re doing and what they want.

  9. And now it is time for foodcampkk No.2 – Friday 28th October

    Putting aside your lovely new arrival are yourself and Kristen doing a Food Bloggers slot this year?

    Also a blog post from ya on the camp would go down nicely…:-)


  10. These are the best ‘Take Aways’ that I’ve ever seen! Short, actionable and insightful. Should be shared widely – I think many people would be surprised by them and perhaps take a more conscious approach to food in Ireland as a result.

    • Caroline says:

      Your point about “a more conscious approach to food” is a good one. I’ve been reading Michael Ruhlman’s piece on the importance of food writing:

      “…food is all around us, everywhere, easy and cheap, we’ve taken it for granted…The fact is, most people don’t think about food until they don’t have any. Then it’s pretty much all they can think about.”

      Maybe we need to be more conscious of food before it becomes a problem.

      Two of the points above that I’ve really noticed the effect of over the last few years are:

      * By spending €20 a week on local produce we can make a difference.
      * When you spend money on local food it stays local.

      Savour food and enjoy it with your friends, neighbours and community.

      Will you be around for Food Camp 2012, Tanja?

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