THE OLD BUTTER ROADS FOOD FESTIVAL 2019
The Old Butter Roads Food Festival 2019 (May 24th to June 1st) returned for the third year running and, this time, the flagship event took place over two days in the award-winning O’Mahony’s Gastropub & Courtyard, in Watergrasshill, where food writer Joe McNamee’s Grub Circus curated and hosted a family-friendly programme of fun food-related events for all ages as well as assembling a range of top guest speakers and contributors including Irish food legend Darina Allen, for the Old Butter Roads Food Symposium. As always, The Old Butter Roads Food Festival 2019 showcased the splendid food produce, hospitality venues and tourism and leisure activities to be found along the trails of Cork’s historical Old Butter Roads region and delivered by the members of the Old Butter Roads Food Trails network.
ADDITIONAL OLD BUTTER ROADS FOOD FESTIVAL 2019 EVENTS TAKING PLACE ELSEWHERE IN THE COUNTY
In addition to the weekend festival programme in O’Mahony’s, in Watergrasshill, there will be other Old Butter Roads events taking place throughout the region including: Food Tours in Cork city, Old Butter Roads Menu available in member restaurants, cafes and eateries, Old Butter Roads Bus Tours, an Apple Blossom Orchard walk at Longueville House and a Bertha’s Revenge Gin Session on Saturday 1st June in Ballyvolane House. For a complete list of events, further details and event booking are available on www.facebook.com/OldButterRoads/ website www.oldbutterroads.com , Instagram OldButterRoadsFoodTrails
WHO AND WHAT IS THE OLD BUTTER ROADS FOOD TRAILS GROUP?
The Old Butter Roads Food Trails is a co-operative of family owned and operated food and hospitality businesses, producers, growers and leisure activity providers, trading in the Avondhue, Blackwater, Duhallow and Muskerry areas North of Cork city, on the trails of the ‘Old Butter Roads’, in a region that once produced the majority of butter sold in Cork, when the city dominated the global butter trade from its world renowned Butter Exchange, in Shandon.
Butter producers would dispatch their precious dairy ‘gold’ in giant 56lb barrels called ‘firkins, into the city along the original ‘Old Butter Roads’, most of which can still be travelled to this very day and are now being used as ‘Trails’ along which visitors can travel to sample the food, hospitality and leisure activities available in the region
The annual Old Butter Roads festival is designed to promote the region as an area for tourism, most especially food tourism, drawing on centuries of tradition and heritage in food production and hospitality to showcase the wealth and variety of finest award-winning local produce and foodstuffs, including cheeses, beef, lamb and pork products, beverages (gins, ciders, apple brandy, craft beers and more) along with a wide range of top quality fruit, vegetables, breads, jams and preserves.
LIST OF 2019 MEMBERS
HOSPITALITY: Ballinwillin House, Ballyvolane House, Longueville House, O’Mahony’s of Watergrasshill, The Square Table, The Old Blarney Post Office Café, The Thatch & Thyme; Praline Pastry Shop & Café
FOOD PRODUCERS: Hegarty’s Cheese, Toonsbridge Dairy, Twomey’s Butcher, McCarthy's Butchers Kanturk, Annabella Farm, Follaín, O’Brien’s Free Range Eggs, Hydro Farm Allotments, Longueville House Beverages, Bertha’s Revenge Gin, Ballinwillin Farm, Trudy’s Home Baking, Future Orchard
TOURISM & LEISURE ACTIVITIES: Activity Days, Butter Museum, Shandon Bells & Tower
HISTORY OF THE OLD BUTTER ROADS
Butter producers on the rich and fertile farmland of the Old Butter Roads region began sending their butter to Cork city from as early as the 1600s but from the 1800s onwards traffic increased massively, as the Cork Butter Exchange, in Shandon, established itself as the centre of the world butter trade and Cork butter became Ireland’s first global food brand. Butter was often transported to the city in 56lbs barrels known as Firkins (hence, the Firkin Crane Dance Centre, in Shandon, originally built to service the needs of the Cork Butter Exchange.) and by 1875, over 70,000 farmers were supplying around 400,000 firkins each year, valued at £1.5m and Cork remained the world leader until the late 19th century when new technology being used elsewhere made Irish handmade butter less commercially viable.
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Developed by the producers, eateries and visitor attractions to celebrate the range of foods grown and produced in Ireland. Originally established in 1748, the trails are still very active today.
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