MEET THE HEGARTYS CHEESEMAKERS

On Tuesday 4th June at 7.30pm @ The Old Blarney Post Office Cafe you will have the opportunity to meet our local cheese-maker Dan Hegarty. Get ready for a tasting session sampling various cheeses that they produce at Hegarty’s farm, and compare them with other cheeses available to buy in the famous Cork’s English Market. Longueville House Cider sangria will be a perfect companion on this long summer’s evening.

On their farm in Whitechurch, Co. cork, the Hegartys produce a variety of cheeses: cheddar, smoked cheddar and their newest Comte style cheese called after its location Templegall (Whitechurch in Irish).

The Hegartys’ farm has been producing milk in Whitechurch for over 100 years. Dan Hegarty wanted to develop a product that would reflect the high quality grass he grows on his farm. They work all year round to produce high quality cheeses with distinctive flavour!

If you love cheese, if you have an interest in the different types or if you are curious as to how it’s produced locally to an award winning standard this night is not to be missed.

Tel: 021 451 6867
Text: 083 8534355 
Email: lenkaforrest@gmail.com

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THE CÉILÍ ALL STARS@7PM SATURDAY NIGHT

The Céilí All Stars are an exciting traditional Irish music collective from North Cork. They formed from a group of friends playing the session trail in Cork city in the late nineties. Their musical style includes shades of Sliabh Luachra - where they originate from - combined with generous sprinklings of folk & country. They have played residencies in some of Cork's legendary folk venues and have also performed at festivals around the globe from Sherkin to Sri Lanka.

The Céilí All Stars are: Stan O’Sullivan (Fiddle), Lisa O’Sullivan (Fiddle), Michael O’Sullivan (Banjo) and Flor Rahilly (Guitar and Vocals).

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KEITH BOHANNA@THE OLD BUTTER ROADS FOOD SYMPOSIUM SUNDAY 26th MAY 2pm

You will have a chance to meet Keith during our festival.

Recently re-located to Dublin, Keith lived in Kilkenny for 20 years where his keen interest in food saw him becoming enormously active in the food scene in one of Ireland’s gourmet capitals. He  established food camps as part of the Savour Kilkenny food festival. He established Biabeag with Julie and Rod Calder Potts, of Highbank Orchards, staging multiple producer evening events and public interviews. He convened the original founders meeting of Real Bread Ireland, one of the most successful new food groupings in recent years and recognised in the Food Writers’ Guild of Ireland annual awards in 2018. Having started with six initial members, it has now grown to over 100 and Keith remains head administrator and spiritual godfather of RBI. He is a former member of Eurotoques and a former reviewer for Vegetarian Guide to Ireland and recipient of the Food Hero of the Year accolade 2017 in The Menu food column in the Irish Examiner.


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SINEAD HENNESSY@THE OLD BUTTER ROADS FOOD SYMPOSIUM SUNDAY 26th MAY 2pm

Come to our Food Symposium and meet Sinéad.

Sinéad Hennessy is Failte Ireland’s Food Tourism Officer. Responsible for delivering Failte Ireland’s food and drink development strategy 2018-2023, her role includes implementation of a national food and drink activity plan. Working across all experience brand assets, including Taste the Island, Ireland’s newest food tourism proposition and informed by her experience in the hotel, restaurant and food service sector, she has a comprehensive perspective on Irish food and its contribution to tourism

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Originally from near Clonakilty in West Cork, Sinead is based in Limerick where she has lived for several years. She was appointed Food Tourism officer in April 2015. With a mother who cooked, a father from a farming background, and the experience of working in a family restaurant business growing up, Sinead has a comprehensive perspective on Irish food and hospitality.

Sinead gained experience in a variety of management roles in the hotel and restaurant sector before joining Fáilte Ireland in 2005, originally as a Restaurant Skills Instructor and then Business Development Advisor and Client Services officer in trade engagement roles.

Prior to joining the Food Tourism team she worked in International Leisure Sales, a role in which she continued to work closely with industry. Sinead studied Hospitality Management at CIT and Business Management at University of Limerick.


TIM MAGEE@THE OLD BUTTER ROADS FOOD SYMPOSIUM SUNDAY 26th MAY 2pm

Tim Magee is the owner-director of Host & Co, Ireland’s leading food and hospitality public relations company, operating in Ireland and abroad for over 17 years and whose Irish client list reads like a whose who of Irish food and hospitality, including hotels such as The Shelbourne, The K Club, The Lodge at Ashford Castle, Ballynahinch Castle, and restaurants such as Loam, Kai, Fish Shop, Pickle, CLIFF, Cloudpicker Coffe, Aimsir & Ox Belfast.

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A keen cook and gourmand, Tim travels and eats in top restaurants all around the world each year, as much to inform him about global food trends as to satisfy his personal passion for food, and he is one of the most expert and informed people working in the modern Irish food and hospitality sector today. He also writes the popular Man and a Suitcase column for the Irish Times Gloss magazine.

Dominic Moore brings his Basher Bacon Roadshow to The Old Butter Roads Festival

Dominic Moore is a full-time professional performer and we are very excited to welcome his one man show The Basher Bacon Roadshow to The Old Butter Roads Festival.

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Dominic is one of Ireland’s most experienced puppeteers. His television credits include: The Why Guyhubble (both available to watch on the rté player),SattitudeThe Swamp (where his characterBasher Bacon was first unleashed on anunsuspecting public ), Wordwitch, and The Rimini Riddle. He was a core member ofThe Morbegs, which combined animatronics and live actors to produce one of Irish television’s most memorable children’s programmes.

Dominic invites everyone to join Basher Bacon’s team on a heroic journey through a fairytale land. Guided with wit, courage and derring-do, children will: solve the problem of how to defeat the evil Wizard and help Basher Bacon confront his odious sister Vera. Also, they will imagine the different ways to win a mighty battle with a horrible monster Teapot, and work together with Basher to gain the trust and companionship of Judy.

This script, devised over 20 years of testing material with young audiences, allows children to interact with the characters and become immersed in the world of the story, participating through answering questions asked to them by different characters in they meet during the puppet show. It is an exciting experience for young audiences; facilitated with care and attention by Dominic. The session will benefit children because “these activities and experiences (should) help the child to make sense of the world; to question, to speculate and to find solutions” (Arts in Education Charter 2012).

The Basher Bacon Roadshow is really two shows in one. Basher opens the Roadshow with his own one-man comedy show, chatting to his audience and regaling them with his unique style of good humoured banter. He then introduces the glove puppet show, based around events in his own wonderfully wacky world. The show, while incorporating comic sketches, frightening adventures,ludicrous predicaments and quick-fire snappy dialogue throughout, retains a strong storyline with arobust moral tone.

Beautiful damsels, obnoxious sisters, indescribably evil monsters and of course, Basher himself, all combine to make this a most entertaining live show for children.

ANTHONY O'TOOLE @THE OLD BUTTER ROADS FOOD SYMPOSIUM SUNDAY 26th MAY 2pm

Anthony is a private chef, food-writer, cookbook collector, and an independent food and drink advisor. Along with curating once-off food and drink events for a wide range of clients, Anthony works for and collaborates with a myriad of food, drink, education and tourism enterprises in and outside of Ireland, either as a project manager or from a consulting point of view on a particular aspect. 

Anthony specialises in working with hospitality establishments, producers and culinary associations in mobilising innovation thinking and sustainable change around artisanal food and drink appreciation, brand and communications design, consumer / member engagement, policy and education. He particularly enjoys working behind the scenes on long term projects which involves traveling. 

Starting out as a chef, well a cook, at the age of thirteen, Anthony has worked in many different professional kitchens in Ireland and France. He has also held positions as a hospitality manager, head cookery school tutor and a food business developer with a large restaurant solutions company working alongside senior management to introduce new ideas and sustainable food concepts across their portfolio of brands. 

Anthony completed a Masters in Culinary Innovation and New Product Development in 2012 at Technological University Dublin. Subsequently, he holds a BA Degree in Culinary Arts along with a Level 3 Advanced W.S.E.T. (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) certificate in Wine and Spirits in which he won an Irish Guild of Sommelier Award and a scholarship to study Sherry in Jerez, Spain.

Anthony is a well-respected individual in Ireland’s culinary scene and is an active member of Slow Food Ireland, Irish Guild of Sommeliers and International Association of Culinary Professionals. Anthony was appointed a Fáilte Ireland Food Champion with Ireland's national tourism development authority in 2016 to help champion and build Ireland’s food tourism scene on the ground. Anthony is also the current Head of Food Council for Euro-Toques Ireland which was established by the late Myrtle Allen to help protect and promote Ireland’s small food and drink producers and bridge the connection between chefs and producers. He is a keen supporter of the organic food movement and is currently building his own edible garden showcasing fruit, herb, and vegetable varietals.


www.anthonyotoole.com

@AnthonyOToole_ 

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BIRGITTA HEDIN-CURTIN @THE OLD BUTTER ROADS FOOD SYMPOSIUM SUNDAY 26th MAY 2pm

Birgitta Hedin-Curtin grew up on a self-sufficient farm Kärrboda in Södermanland, south of Stockholm, where she began fishing in the Baltic Sea as a child and was a member of “Fältbiologerna” a youth organisation studying Nature & Environmental Issues before going on to study Biology specialising in marine and she also studied Phycology with Professor Michael Guiry, NUIG. She is: Founder, Director & Manager of the Burren Smokehouse 1989 now employing 25 people in the village of Lisdoonvarna; Founder member of and chairperson of Slow Food Clare; Organiser of annual Burren Slow Food Festival since 2004; Former Member of Organic Focus group founded by Department of Agriculture, Forestry & Food; Member of Burren Geopark & Burren Code of Practice; Director and Member of Burren Ecotourism Network; Founder Member & Chairperson of Burren Food Trail.


DARINA ALLEN @THE OLD BUTTER ROADS FOOD SYMPOSIUM SUNDAY 26th MAY 2pm

Darina Allen owns and runs the Ballymaloe Cookery School in Shanagarry, Co Cork.

The school is situated on a 100-acre organically run farm and gardens and offers courses from a Professional 12-Week Certificate Course, 6 Week Sustainable Food Program to Forgotten Skills courses on Foraging, Home Butchery and Charcuterie, Homemade Butter, Cheese and Yoghurt......

Darina is a well-known cookbook author and television presenter.  She writes weekly for the Irish Examiner and other occasional pieces.

Darina is the Leader of the East Cork Slow Food Convivium.

Darina set up the first Farmers Market in Ireland on the Coal Quay in Cork in 1996, and has been instrumental in setting up several more including the very successful Midleton Farmers Market in 2000.

Darina is a trustee of the Irish Organic Centre, a patron of GIY Ireland, Member of Eurotoques (European Association of Chefs), Member of The Guild of Food Writers in Ireland and UK, Chair of the Food Safety Authority’s Artisan Food Forum and a member of the Taste Council of An Bord Bia.

www.cookingisfun.ie  


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JOE MCNAMEE & GRUB CIRCUS

Grub Circus founder Joe McNamee has been writing about food since the late 1990s and is a weekly Food Columnist/Restaurant Reviewer and Food Feature Writer with the Irish Examiner and Munster Associate Editor for the Sunday Business Post’s 101 Great Irish Restaurants. 

A former Contributing Editor with John & Sally McKenna's Irish Food Guides, he also writes for other publications and works as a consultant for small producers, food retailers and restaurateurs. He is the author of  the cookbook/memoir, Clifford & Son (Liberties Press).

He has almost a decade of professional culinary experience, including two years as head chef in Cork’s legendary Quay Co-Op evening restaurant and has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Culinary Arts (Graduate Student of the Year) from CIT. He is a member of Slow Food Ireland and the NUJ and dearly loves to commit eating.

Grub Circus is a travelling food ‘roadshow’, setting up shop at festivals and events around Ireland, and programmed and hosted by Joe Mcnamee. It is equally dedicated to the notion that food is both a gloriously sybaritic pleasure and a fundamental human right and aims to join the dots and find any and all links between the two positions while having as much fun as is humanly possible without getting arrested!

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The Gab Storytelling's Old Butter Roads Mixtape Special

Where: O’ Mahony’s of Watergrasshill
When:
May 24th 8pm-10pm

A mixtape special for the Old Butter Roads festival hosted by The Gab Storytelling. Come along for tasty tales, enchanting songs and local ditties. The Gab's monthly storytelling night, The Mixtape is a blend of song, story and poetry where contemporary tales and traditional stories are celebrated. This special Gab event for the Butter Roads Festival will nourish your heart with stories in the Long Room at O'Mahony's of Watergrasshill.

A little bit about The Gab;

The Gab is a community committed to the practice and preservation of the oral tradition of storytelling as well as the development of storytelling as a contemporary art.

The most important stuff to The Gab:

  • Respect for all storytellers and listeners

  • Storytelling cultural preservation and practice

  • Development of storytelling as a contemporary art

  • Building a diverse and inclusive storytelling community in and around Blarney and Cork

Our regular monthly event is called The Gab Mixtape, an entertaining evening of storytelling where storytellers perfect their storytelling skills in an informal, positive environment. Stories are interspersed with a little song and a little poetry but the spotlight is very much on the art of storytelling. The Gab Mixtape is not open mic. To become a storyteller at the Gab Mixtape you must agree with the important stuff above and get in touch.

The inaugural gathering of The Gab Mixtape took place in Coughlan's on the 30th of June 2016. One attendee described it as " ... much more than storytelling. It is entertaining, philosophical, mystical, musical and memorable."

The crowd demanded more and The Gab has had a storytelling related event almost every month since then. The monthly Mixtape is the staple but there's also been workshops, specials, competitions and much more in the pipeline.

Cork Independent - Have your fill at Watergrasshill this May

Foodies can rejoice as the Old Butter Roads (OBR) Food Trails Festival returns for its third year, running from 24 May to 1 June.

The festival will take place over the weekend of 24-26 May centred around the hotly rated gastropub O’Mahony’s of Watergrasshill.

It all kicks off on the Friday night with music and storytelling from the Gab Group before Joe McNamee’s Grub Circus takes over on Saturday morning to present a two-day programme of food, fun and the OBR Food Symposium.

The symposium will take the form of two panel-led discussions and information sessions hosted by Joe McNamee to establish a template for promoting the OBR members and their activities and the overall region as a tourism and food tourism destination. Over two days, some of the heavyweights of the Irish food world, led by Darina Allen, will assemble to offer insight, guidance and inspiration based on their own experiences in the food, tourism and hospitality sectors.

Top chef Michael Quinn (formerly Waterford Castle, now lecturing at WIT) will give a series of rolling cookery demos over the weekend, presenting delicious yet simple recipes all featuring produce from OBR members and producers, with plenty of samples available for the audiences. There will be additional opportunities to sample during the blind tastings, in which the general public competes for prizes by identifying various foodstuffs while blindfolded.

The Courtyard will host a BBQ stall and market, with stalls featuring OBR members’ produce and children are especially well catered for over the course of the weekend with nationally-renowned actor and puppeteer Dominic Moore bringing his puppet show to Granny’s Garden, the specially designated kidzone adjacent to the Courtyard.

Moore will also oversee hands-on butter making sessions, allowing children to make their own butter and a Kidz Kookoff Kompetition will see two teams of children under chef mentors competing against each other for great prizes. There is also face-painting and other entertainment.

The adults are equally catered for with a food quiz open to the general public and a Craft Beer vs Craft Cider Food Pairing competition that sees producers compete against each other to find the best beverage to pair with chef Michael Quinn’s dishes and with the general audience as judges. The audience will also be called on to adjudicate in the High Spirits Cocktail Competition as they sample cocktails from OBR member-producers and make the final call as to which they like the best.

In addition to the weekend programme in O’Mahony’s, there will be other events taking place throughout the region including food tours in Cork city, an OBR Menu available in member restaurants, cafes and eateries, OBR bus tours, an apple blossom orchard walk at Longueville House and a Berthas Revenge Gin Session on Saturday 1 June in Ballyvolane House.

Old Butter Roads Weekend of Events At Ballinwillin House June 8-9

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Set in 80 acres of rich pastureland in the heart of the south of Ireland’s most fertile region (the Golden Vale), Ballinwillin House, Wine Cellar & Farmyard Accommodation in Mitchelstown is a unique experience in a unique part of Ireland. Full of character and charm, this 18th century country house was built in 1727 for the Famed Agriculturalist, Sir Arthur Young, by the Earl of Kingston. It is situated on the edge of Mitchelstown (a vibrant country town). It is a family home and its newly-refurbished courtyard is home to exceptional guestrooms and private relaxation area and now available for bookings along with a functioning farm specialising in Organic Venison & Wild Boar. To learn more about Ballinwillin House please visit  ballinwillinhouse.com

Set in 80 acres of rich pastureland in the heart of the south of Ireland’s most fertile region (the Golden Vale), Ballinwillin House, Wine Cellar & Farmyard Accommodation in Mitchelstown is a unique experience in a unique part of Ireland. Full of character and charm, this 18th century country house was built in 1727 for the Famed Agriculturalist, Sir Arthur Young, by the Earl of Kingston. It is situated on the edge of Mitchelstown (a vibrant country town). It is a family home and its newly-refurbished courtyard is home to exceptional guestrooms and private relaxation area and now available for bookings along with a functioning farm specialising in Organic Venison & Wild Boar. To learn more about Ballinwillin House please visit ballinwillinhouse.com

Friday 8 June 2018

·      7.00pm Welcome by Pat Mulcahy and pre dinner wine tasting with 3 wines from Chateau Mulcahy and canapés in the wine cellar

·      8.00pm Bao bun supper* with award winning chef Bryan McCarthy from Greene’s Restaurant and Cask with paired wines from Chateau Mulcahy in the wine barn

·      10.00pm – 12.00am Musical entertainment

 

Event ticket price:        €95.00 

To book:                      Phone 025 84979 / 086 2561578.  Credit card details will be taken at the time of booking.

 

Saturday 9 June 2018

·      12.00 noon Welcome by Aoife McElwain and participant introductions in the drawing room

·      1.00pm light lunch by award winning chef Bryan McCarthy* in the dining room

·      2.00pm – 4.00pm Aoife McElwain presents 

“Slow at Work” 

And

“Fireside conversation” with Pat Mulcahy 

·      4.00pm - 4.15pm tea/coffee in the drawing room

·      4.15pm – 5.15pm Tour of farm and gardens with Pat Mulcahy

·      5.15pm – 6.00pm Free time

·      6.00pm – 7.00pm Pre dinner drinks and recital in the drawing room with resident pianist

·      7.00pm – Set Menu Long Table Supper* with wines from Chateau Mulcahy in the dining room by award winning chef Bryan McCarthy

·      11.00pm – Carriages

 



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Aoife McElwain

Aoife McElwain is a food writer for The Irish Times, a freelance food stylist, a creative events producer, and host of the Sing Along Social. She is also the author of Slow at Work: How to Work Less, Achieve More and Regain Your Balance in an Always-On World (published with Gill Books in January 2018). She wrote this book as a way of recovering from her own personal experience with burnout. To figure out if it was possible to cultivate a more sustainable approach to work, she studied topics including procrastination, the imposter syndrome, gut health, energy and recovery time, and interviewed a lot of busy people along the way. Through writing the book she has begun to learn the importance of knowing when to go fast and when to go slow. Find out more about Aoife and her book at www.aoifemcelwain.com, or on Instagram and Twitter @aoifemcelwain. 

Macroom Summer Féile 2018 - Greenshine Live at Toons Bridge Dairy

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MACROOM SUMMER FÉILE GREENSHINE LIVE AT TOONS BRIDGE DAIRY 

The fabulous Greenshine play in the cafe! Tapas, wine and bottled beer on offer. Book by texting  (087) 416 1791 Check out the full article about this event over on our News page

Date: 13/05/18 Location: Toons Bridge Dairy Macroom Time: 8.00pm 

Greenshine

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GREENSHINE is a Cork based family trio comprising Noel Shine, Mary Greene and their daughter Ellie. Their material straddles the boundaries of contemporary, folk and roots and includes many self-penned songs. The band is known for striking family harmonies and excellent musicianship. Noel is a multi-instrumentalist, turning his hand to guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo, bouzouki and traditional whistle and this musical dexterity had seen him much in demand as a session and band player by artists as diverse as The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem and funk and soul legends The Republic of Loose amongst many others. Mary brings rhythm guitar to the mix and her voice is a wonderfully versatile instrument. She has added her talents to the albums of Christy Moore, John Spillane, Mick Hanly and Frances Black as well as cult psychedelic outfit Dr. Strangely Strange. As a duo, Noel and Mary have released 3 critically acclaimed albums to date ~ The Land You Love the Best (placed no. 3 in The Irish Times Folk albums of the year of its release), Unspoken Lines (described as ‘The heart and soul of folk music, coming from a deeper well…,’ by John Spillane) while Mary’s solo, Sea of Hearts, earned an impressive 8 out of 10 in Hot Press.

For all the latest News & Music go to greenshinemusic.com

Toons Bridge Dairy Macroom 

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Toons Bridge Dairy's founders, Toby Simmonds and Jenny-Rose Clarke, began their journey in the English Market of Cork City in 1993 where they established their original business, The Real Olive Company. Starting with a few barrels of olives, Toby and Jenny-Rose gradually expanded their range of products to include a vast range of high quality Mediterranean ingredients and delicacies. They now base themselves between Cork’s English Market and Toons Bridge Dairy, with market stalls and wholesale customers around the country.

When Toby and Jenny-Rose first started making Mozzarella, the market stalls were ideal for distributing their cheese as freshly as possible, and offered the perfect opportunity to get direct feedback from customers. Originally, Toby and Jenny-Rose had been importing Italian Mozzarella, but they found that by the time it got to Ireland, it wasn't as fresh as they would have liked. Mozzarella should always be eaten as freshly as possible, and so Toby and Jenny-Rose decided to start making their own Irish Mozzarella. to learn more about Toons bridge Dairy click Here

 

Macroom Summer Féile 18 Pizza Night Castle Hotel Macroom

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Pizza Night with Local Cheese Makers. 

The Macroom leg of the Old Butter Roads Summer Féile starts off on Friday May 11th with a Pizza Night with Local Cheese Makers. The Event is being held at Castle Hotel and will be featuring local cheeses from fellow Old Butter Roads Food Trails member Toonsbridge Dairy, Coolea, Macron Mozzarella &  Goats Cheese will also be in attendance. 

Date: 11/05/18 . Time: 8.00pm Adm: TBC 

The Castle Hotel Macroom 

The 4 Star Castle Hotel & Leisure Centre has been in The Buckley Family for over 65 years, owned and managed now by brothers Gerard and Don. 

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The Boutique Style Castle Hotel now features spacious and luxurious guest bedrooms including 2 suites, 3 contemporary rooms & several family rooms - lots of choice for you!  All are specifically designed for your needs, whether you are a leisure guests or an executive traveller.  During your stay you may enjoy complimentary access to our Leisure Club. Free car parking and free wifi! Dining options include B's Award Winning Restaurant, Dan Buckley's Bar & The Next Door Cafe. Macroom, nestled between Blarney & Killarney, is the ideal base for touring The Scenic South West of Ireland. www.castlehotel.ie

Cheese Making at Toons Bridge Dairy

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Toons Bridge Dairy  work with raw cow and sheep milk to make over 12 varieties of cheese. They specialise in Southern Mediterranean cheese styles, particularly pasta filata or stretched curd cheeses. We made Mozzarella, Ricotta, Burrata, Cacio Cavallo, Halloumi, Smoked Scamorza and Cultured Butter.

Head cheese maker, Franco Picciuolo, hails from the heartland of mozzarella production, and has been making pasta filata cheese since he was eleven. His innovation and experimentation are key to the range of cheeses made by Toons Bridge Dairy.

Toons Bridge Dairy was  set up in 2009 when they asked their neighbour to import a herd of Buffalo from Italy to milk on his farm. They have since diversified into working solely with local raw cow and sheep milk. Fresh milk is supplied to the dairy from several local cow herds and Vincenzo La Manna's local flock of sheep. 

A Little Pizza Information 

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 The word “pizza” dates back over a thousand years—it was first mentioned in a Latin text written in southern Italy in 997 CE.

In 1835, Alexandre Dumas, author of The Three Musketeers, traveled to Naples, where he observed that the Neapolitan poor ate nothing but watermelon during the summer and pizza during the winter.

At first, pizzas were sold exclusively by the pie. But in 1933, Patsy Lancieri (of Patsy's Pizzeria in New York City) started selling pizza by the slice—a trend that was quickly picked up by other pizzerias.

 Pizza may have originated in Italy, but countries around the world have developed their own take  on the classic food. In Brazil chefs top their pizzas with green peas, the French love fried eggs on their slices, and in China a crust made of mini-hot dogs is surprisingly popular.

The biggest pizza in the world was 131 feet in diameter, and weighed 51,257 pounds.

For more absolutely useless but none the less interesting trivia about Pizza follow this link

Summer Féile 2018 Launch Event

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The Old Butter Roads Food Trails is super excited to be organising the 2nd year of the Summer Féile and this year looks to be even better than last year. Festivities kick off on Saturday May 05 with the Blarney/Cork Féile which will also include the official launch of The Féile. 

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The Old Butter Road Summer Féile is a month long festival that will be launched with an event at Church of the Resurrection, Blarney. The Féile will be officially launched  by renowned food writer Joe McNamee . The Old Butter Roads Food Trails Producers and Restauranteurs will also be in attendance.  There will be Storytelling with The Gab, Paddy O'Brien and much more. Free Event with Donations for the Church welcome. See You There. 

Location: Church Of the Resurrection Blarney Adm: Free

 

Special Guest Speaker Joe McNamee

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Joe McNamee has been writing about food since the late 1990s and is a weekly Food Columnist/Food Feature Writer (and erstwhile Restaurant Reviewer) with the Irish Examiner and a Contributing Editor with John & Sally McKenna's Irish Food Guides. He also writes for other publications, is a Contributing Editor with Taste of Ireland and works as a consultant for small producers, food retailers and restaurateurs. He is the co-author of cookbook/memoir, Clifford & Son (Liberties Press).

Originally trained as a graphic designer, he made the switch to journalism in the late ‘90s, initially as a magazine editor before becoming a features writer with the Irish Examiner and eventually moving to the arts desk to become Deputy Arts Editor. At various lean periods in his life, he has worked as a chef with over eight years professional experience, including two years as head chef in Cork's legendary Quay Co-op Evening Restaurant. He is currently studying at Cork Institute of Technology for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Culinary Arts. He is a member of Slow Food Ireland and the NUJ and dearly loves to commit eating.

Joes runs a lively and entertaining blog  where he writes about all things food and Cork. Be sure to check out The Swashbuachaill

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Paddy O'Brien - The Gab storytelling

The Gab is a community committed to the practice and preservation of the oral tradition of storytelling as well as the development of storytelling as a contemporary art.

The most important stuff to The Gab:

  • Respect for all storytellers and listeners
  • Storytelling cultural preservation and practice
  • Development of storytelling as a contemporary art
  • Building a diverse and inclusive storytelling community in and around Blarney and Cork

Our regular monthly event is called The Gab Mixtape, an entertaining evening of storytelling where storytellers perfect their storytelling skills in an informal, positive environment. Stories are interspersed with a little song and a little poetry but the spotlight is very much on the art of storytelling.

Paddy O'Brien will be Fear an Tí for the launch of the Old Butter Roads Summer Festival launch. Always entertaining and lively, be sure not to miss this. 

To learn more about The Gab be sure to like their page on facebook

Wild Boar Spit Roast at The Old Blarney Post Office Café May 05

Wild Boar Spit Roast

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The first day of the Summer Féile 2018 Blarney Event will no doubt have left you exhausted. When you are finished with the launch and listening to the musical talent busking around Blarney we have just the thing for you. Be sure to head over to The Old Blarney Post Office Café where a special night is planned. 

The Old Blarney Post Office Café are hosting a Wild Boar Spit Roast night that will feature Cider, Music, Wine and the legendary Ballinwillin House Wild Boar roasted on spit by none other than Patrick Mulchay. Admission to this event is €20.00 per person , which includes a glass of Chateu Mulcahy Wine or Longueville House Cider.  Proceedings start at 6pm and this  looks set to be a popular event so we highly recommend you book your place in advance . You can do this by either tel or text on 083 853 4355

Date: Saturday May 05 2018 Time: From 6pm Location: Old Blarney Post Office Café               Adm: €20.00 per person. Bookings: 083 853 4355


Old Blarney Post Office Café

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The Old Blarney Post Office Café strives to use ingredients and products from Co. Cork. The bread is baked daily in an award-winning bakery Arbutus in Cork, fresh lettuce comes from Malachy Downey’s farm. Free range eggs come from a farm in nearby Whitechurch and jam and relish from West-Cork Follain’s . Our coffee is from Badger & Dodo Irish boutique rostery and they bake their own yummy cakes and deserts daily .

The cafe with its magical garden and unique location provides a fantastic venue for private parties, birthday celebrations, christenings, clubs get together etc. Since they opened their doors in May 2016 the cafe has become an integral part of Blarney's Events Calendar. They organise events ranging from Storytelling to Knitting Sessions, Book Clubs or Baking Classes. Join us for the next one!

Be sure to check out www.blarneycafe.com for their full menu & list of up coming events.


Ballinwillin House & Patrick Mulcahy

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Set in 80 acres of rich pastureland in the heart of the south of Ireland’s most fertile region (the Golden Vale), Ballinwillin House, Wine Cellar & Farmyard Accommodation in Mitchelstown is a unique experience in a unique part of Ireland. Full of character and charm, this 18th century country house was built in 1727 for the Famed Agriculturalist, Sir Arthur Young, by the Earl of Kingston. It is situated on the edge of Mitchelstown (a vibrant country town). It is a family home and its newly-refurbished courtyard is home to exceptional guestrooms and private relaxation area and now available for bookings along with a functioning farm specialising in Organic Venison & Wild Boar. To learn more about Ballinwillin House please visit ballinwillinhouse.com

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Bringing his expertise to The Wild Boar Spit Roast will be no other than Pat Mulcahy of Ballinwiillin House. Pat Mulcahy and his daughter Sheena from Ballinwillin House and Farm near Mitchelstown have a herd of 800 deer, 350 wild boar, 150 goats and 40 beef cattle. The produce from his organic farm is sold online, mainly to the UK and Europe, and into hotels and restaurants around the country. All the processing and packaging is carried out on the farm so what goes out is a finished product. The produce from the farm is also served in the B&B. Read a full interview with Pat in the Irish Times Here. 

 

Old Butter Roads Summer Feile 2018

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The Old Butter Roads Food Trails is proud to announce that the Summer Féile is back again this year and even bigger and brighter. This year is a little special as we are celebrating 270 years of the Old Butter Roads. Festivtivies run from May 05 right through to June 05 taking in Blarney/Cork, Macroom, Mallow/Kanturk & Michelstown/Fermoy.

Activities & Events will include Walks, Talks, Presentations, BBQs, Tasting Events, Cooking Demonstrations, Story Telling and so much more. In attendance will be local Butchers, Cheesemakers, Bakers, Brewers and various other members from the Old Butter Roads Food Trails.

The Summer Féile Kicks off on May 05 with a launch at the Blarney/Cork Féile. For a full list of events do be sure to check out our Events page. There will plenty to do for all the family and while most events are free tickets & advance booking is required for some.