OMG! OMG! OMG!
Just off the ferry from the BBC Good Food Show in Olympia, we limped our way into our glad rags and off the Shelbourne Hotel for the Good Food Ireland Awards. Margaret Jeffares and her team at Good Food Ireland are a powerforce in promoting and supporting the best of what we as a nation have to offer. We were delighted to have been nominated for Producer of the Year, but in such awesome company, it was a safe bet to hit the bar and have some craic! And indeed that we did in the wonderful company of Rachel & Philip of Tinahely Farm Shop, the effervessant dynamo of Paul & Siobhan the Foods of Athenry and the very beautiful Kate O'Hara of Kate's Kitchen in Sligo. . .
The night was marked by a quite unbeleive event, not the blazingly good company, nor the world class food, not even how remarkably funny Enda Kenny was. . . the night stands out because remarkably, the Producer of the Year 2013-
Speaking at the Awards, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny T.D. said "I am delighted to present these awards which recognise the efforts of those who are producing, retailing and cooking food to the highest quality and standard. Whether it is in restaurants, cafes, bars, shops, markets or accommodation, customers and visitors can have a truly memorable food experience because of the wonderful produce and talent we have in this country. These awards help to make Ireland synonymous with good food and this reputation is vital to supporting our €9 billion of food and drink exports and the 160,000 jobs in the agri-
Margaret Jeffares (Good Food Ireland) Fiona Falconer (Wild about) Enda Kenny (An Taoiseach) Roisin O'Doherty (Fiona's Mum), Aiden Cotter (Bord Bia)
Congratulations to ALL the nominees and ALL the winners :
Mount Juliet, Co Kilkenny swept the boards taking the Good Food Ireland Supreme Award sponsored by Kerrygold, the Restaurant of the Year Award and the Outstanding Place to Stay Award. Other winners on the night included URRU Culinary Store in Bandon for Local Food Shop of the Year, The Oarsman won the Food Lover’s Choice Award, this award was voted on by the public. Newforge House, Co Armagh won Culinary Haven of the Year and Toacana Restaurant in Dublin won the newly introduced Grow It Yourself Award.
Kevin Lane, Chief Executive of Kerrygold, IDB concluded
"As proud owners of Kerrygold, we are delighted to sponsor the Good Food Ireland Awards and support the work they do in in putting Ireland on the world stage as a tourism destination for people who love great food. This year’s winners are a shining example of what is great about the Irish food industry. They represent quality, dedication and passion. Essential attributes needed to produce world class products and services that can be enjoyed by consumers at home and abroad"
GET THE PARTY ON!
with our delicious Wild about COCKTAIL range.
Check out our delicious syrups, perfect to get your guests relaxed and getting the Xmas Buzz on ! Perfect also for the designated driver and non drinker to join in with you Wild about Mocktails. Check out some ideas. . . COCKTAIL RECIPES . .
FOR THE CHRISTMAS TABLE
No self respecting Christmas larder is preperly prepared without some delicious, Irish, seasonal Wild about Chutneys.. .
Ideal for Turkey, Ham, Goose, Duck, Beef, Venison and Game. Equally equipped for Camenbert, Brie, Stilton, Cashel Blue, Wensleydale and a good strong chedder. , , , there's a wild about chutney for every smorgasbord !
The windscreen was cracked with ice and you couldn't fit a wafer thin mint in the back of the Wild about van as we left the rural tranquility of Monamolin, setting out for our old stomping ground in Old London Town. Equal measures of fear and excitement as we head for our biggest adventure yet, trading at the BBC Good Food Show at Olympia.
Slightly daunting setting up in the vast vaccume that is Olympia, But soon enough we found our feet as our fellow countrymen came out in force!
We received a great welcome from the very lovely British public who took to the Wild about thing like old hands, sell out of Rhubarb Syrup, Nettle Syrup and Raspberry Beret
PRIDE OF IRELAND
Pride of Ireland Awards were established to acknowledge Irish Artisan Producers and small businesses who represent the very best of our heritage in committment to quality and service.
Awards are given to those who fit the criteria of excellence in quality of product, excellent customer service and contribution to the community. The selection is by nomination and the assessment is anonymous.
Wild about is really honoured to be awarded a PRIDE OF IRELAND award.
Great Taste is the largest and most trusted awards scheme for speciality and fine food & drink from across UK and Eire. Every entry is blind-
Products deemed worthy of of a star are judged again by a further two panels of judges. Only when a consensus is achieved are stars awarded.
WHAT THE JUDGES SAID
"Wonderfu rhubarb aroma and a fresh, natural appearance.
Would also be useful as an added ingredient to a pudding or to drizzle over vanilla ice cream.
We loved it!"
Join Anton Mossiman and Clodagh Mc Kenna in treating your guests to a delicious Wild about Rhubarb Bellini this festive season.
Simply put 20ml in a champagne flute and top up with Prosecco or your favourite fizz.
available from www.wildabout.ie/shop or our Wild about market stall while stocks last
After waiting SUCH a long time for Spring to do its thing, it must have been in training cos' the season has simply hit the ground running. Elderfolwer came and went in the blink of an eye, Meadowsweet and Honeysuckle is abundant, the elder nettle colonys are in seed, courgettes are exploding in the garden and we're gonna try sneak in another Beetroot.
We LOVE this time of year . . . and this year is simply the BEST !
SUMMER SEASON . . . .
FARMERS MARKET CHAMPIONS !
SUNDAY 30 JUNE
Crowds thronged along the Slaney River in the glorious sunshine this weekend
to sample the best of Irish produce in the ALL IRELAND FARMERS MARKET COMPETITION. The annual event hosted at the Wexford Strawberry Festival was established to recognize the vital role Farmer's Markets play in supplying fresh, locally produced foods, and to create a showcase for distinct regional speciality foods availble throughout Ireland. The competition is open to exhibitors from Farmer's Markets across 32 counties.
Quality Irish traders from all over Ireland, such as Butlers Ice Cream, Dungarvan; Foods of Athenry, Galway : Ballyhoura Mushrooms, Cork; The Organic Herb Co. Wicklow came to showcase their wares to the great
and the good at the Stawberry Festival, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. It was amazing to see so much quality,Irish produce on show, even more amazing when we found our WILD ABOUT scooped the FIRST PRIZE !!!
We're absolutley Buzzing! None other than the legendary Maitre Chef des Cuisines chose 'Wild abou't Rhubarb Syrup for his welcome aperitif for the Good Food Ireland UK launch at Mosimanns, Belgravia.
KEEPING IT LOCAL!
We were thrilled to meet Pettits Supervalue again at the Bannow & Rathangan Show. Pettits is a local family owned supermarket which has traded in Wexford for nigh on a centuary. Pettits have always championed local producers, we had spoken at last years show but Wild about wasn't in a position to supply, this year however, we most certainly are. . . and with amazing speed and ease, Wild about is now heartily stocked at Pettit's Wexford and soon . . . Pettits' Gorey.
TASTINGS & LAUNCHES
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