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Cork Food Harvest Festival set to celebrate local food

Wednesday, 27th September, 2017 5:55pm

The Cork Food Policy Council in Cork, educating on food waste and encouraging communities to grow vegetables and herbs in urban areas. 

Now they are creating the Cork Food Harvest Festival where community gardens and groups, cafes and restaurants are invited to participate by organizing events to celebrate food in all its facets.

On 8 October participants are celebrating together in Fitzgerald Park with a feast of the combined produce of growing projects across the city. For more details on the festival and how to take part, email Keelin Tobin on info@corkfoodpolicycouncil.com.

And talking about food events, there doesn’t seem to be an end to the creativity of Cork people.

Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of joining the Cork Gourmet Trail, organized by the fabulous Sandra Murphy. Cork restaurants opened their doors and offered tasters for the hungry masses that joined the trail as part of the Cork Oyster Festival.

And to my own surprise, I even ate an oyster. Not the raw one (which I know is the king of seafood but I simply can’t eat it) but an oyster that was deep-dried in a beautiful batter.

The atmosphere was simply fantastic and even the rain didn’t stop us from enjoying the offerings. It was a wonderful opportunity visiting some of the newer openings in town I had yet not visited. You can read a more detailed summary on my blog biasasta.ie.

Then on Sunday, Mr T and I went to the Hydro Farm Allotments were Karina cooked a wonderful Russian inspired Sunday dinner with produce from the allotments.

A beautiful platter of starters with beetroot, aubergines, mixed salads and more was a stunning beginning with a lovely group of people, most from the allotments.

A soup made from carrots, pumpkin and onions was a nice filler and just right for a walk along the allotments. Returning from the refreshing walk, Karina treated the guests to a Russian chicken pie with potatoes from the allotments and organic chicken from the market.

The dessert was cooked by her husband and used rhubarb from – you may guess – also from the allotments.

The focus was homegrown and local produce and the result was simply stunning. I took loads of photos for a photography course I am currently doing in CIT and got so much material.

Inga’s allotment (she is also in the course – funny how small Cork is sometimes) was the star of all the allotments. Her poly tunnel was a stunning example of growing indoors with a variety of different tomatoes.

People paid what they thought the meal was worth as this is a non-profit affair.

As is always the case, I went away wanting to start beds for the next season again.

Mr T just smiled at me with his wisdom of living with me for many years and knowing that most of the work would fall to him (I am a better supervisor – which is really hard work).

Owner Zwena has installed a kitchen in one of the outbuildings that has been approved by the HSE and will now run classes, workshops and courses.

Follow Hydro Farm Allotments and Workshops on Facebook to keep up to date with upcoming events. This weekend, Inga will cook from her allotment and having seen all her produce, I am expecting delicious food with a Latvian twist. Now, I have to talk to Mr T to decide what we are planting for next year.

 

What’s on:

29 – 1 Oct. Brewtonic Beer Festival

29 – 7 Oct. Oktoberfest BEAG Cork

1 Oct. Dublin Wine Festival

1 Oct. World Vegetarian Day Festival

7 – 8 Oct. Cork Food Harvest Festival

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