The extremely popular ‘Flavours from the Heart of Ireland’ food fair returns to Strokestown this year and committee member Margaret Kelly says there will be something to suit all tastes.
“This year visitors can expect a huge amount of stands for artisan producers including a lot of new ones and some of the old favourites,” she said.
“We have the likes of Gill’s Bakery; Moran’s Mega Jams, who have been with us from year one; Mary Ellen Meadows; Lough Rynn Beekeepers; Niks Tea; Barry John Sausages; Mr Muffin Man; The Shed Distillery; Coole Swan.
“We also have a lot of new producers with us this year such as: Donegal Rapeseed; a Nigerian lady from Longford, who has set up a baked nut company; L&J Chocolates from Birr; Daisy Cottage from Wicklow; and many, many more”.
There will also be plenty of food demonstrations on the day from the likes of local baker Adrian Gill, Daniel Willimont, executive chef from Kilronan Castle, and cocktails from The Red Bank, Carrick-on-Shannon.
“Our main chef this year is Edward Hayden. He does the Six O’Clock Show on Virgin Media and he will have two slots throughout the day with cookery demonstrations,” Margaret said.
“The food fair showcases the very best of domestic food. It’s the next stage in the production process from the cattle farmer, dairy farmer, or grain farmer. For example, we’ll have Ice Cream Treats who use milk from Cavan farmers.
“In terms of variety, this will be the biggest Flavours from the Heart of Ireland yet. The marquee is already full ahead of the show on September 9th and some of our producers will be showcasing their products outdoors. Let’s hope for a good day weather-wise…anyone who has a statue might put it out!”
With a wide range of artisan producers, top class chefs and foodie demonstrations, it’s very much a case of ‘farm to fork’ at this year’s Strokestown Show!