Building a community: the Irish Food Bloggers Association


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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11 Responses

  1. Gillian says:

    I wish I could be there on Sat. Best of Luck and enjoy!!

  2. Hi there, I am a foodblogger living in Dublin and a new member of IFBA and would like to come along tomorrow. I assume its an open invitation etc – what time is it at?Thanks, Elizabeth

  3. Caroline says:

    @Gillian we wish you could have been with us too. Hopefully you’ll be able to join us for the Limerick Milk Market Meet. I need to get a few jars of Theresa’s raspberry and chocolate preserve for Christmas presents!

    @Elizabeth so sorry, only saw your text this morning. We would have loved if you had been able to join us. Mea culpa: I never put the IFBA email on the article. Hopefully you’ll be able to come along to another IFBA event in the near future.

  4. TheGlutton says:

    Caroline – the IFBA is such a fantastic idea and both yourself and Kristin are so generous with your time and efforts on behalf of the Irish foodies. Thank you and congratulations x

  5. Thank you so much for all the work you have done starting up the IFBA – it is a wonderful resource for us all.Wish I could have been there last weekend (had a family wedding) and look forward to all the future events.Is there any way to join the cookalong without a facebook page??

  6. Caroline says:

    @TheGlutton thank you! Lovely to get such positive feedback and, at the time of typing, we have 88 members. Madness!

    @Brownieville Girl I wouldn’t think that you need a Facebook page to join in. Can you post a comment on a page without being a member? I’ll forward your comment to Kristin, who founded that page and maybe she’d know. Will let you know about future IFBA events!

  7. Caroline says:

    @Brownieville Girl I was just talking to Kristin about the cookalongs and she said that you’re best tweeting your entry to Sarah (@Cakeinthcountry or @irecookalongs) so that she can add you to the list of entries to send for judging.

  8. Caroline and Kristin, Thanks for the mention here..but not necessary…I am just so thrilled and thankful for all the effort you both have put into making this a reality. It is truly an invaluable resource for those of us in the food blogging community. Very best wishes, Imen xx

  9. Hi Caroline,An interesting read that prompted me to look back and see when was launched.I was astonished to discover we first published in January 2003, after about four months gestation, which I think makes it the earliest Irish food and drink blog by some considerable measure – indeed, I’m not sure whether the word ‘blog’ was common parlance then. Paul Clerkin, friend and one of the evil genii behind, designed forkncork on modified bulletin board software because, as you say, there were no ‘easy design’ software packages around.Early in 2002, with a food blog in mind, I bought a book on one of the big and at that time expensive web development programs, can’t remember which one, probably ‘Dream Weaver’. I don’t think I got beyond about page 24!Anyhow, best wishes and keep up the good work.

  10. Caroline says:

    I stand corrected! Thanks for letting me know – I certainly didn’t know you were blogging when I started off. Situated, as I was at the time, so far from home I would have loved to read something from Ireland.I don’t think that the word blog started to be widely used until about 2005 so perhaps you could lay claim to being the man who inspired the people behind Chez Pim, Chocolate and Zucchini, 101 Cookbooks?!

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