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No smoke without a BBQ

Wednesday, 11th October, 2017 4:28pm

October might not be the time we would be thinking of barbecues but that doesn’t stop the guys from the World Barbecue Association (WBQA) holding the World BBQ Championship this weekend in Limerick.

The People’s Park in Pery Square will be transformed into a World BBQ Festival filled with artisan food and craft stalls, live music, kids entertainment, winter gardens, art corners, chill out areas, loads of food, craft beer, gin and whiskey bars, and of course loads of barbecue food!

Here is hoping that an Irish chef, like John Relihan of Holy Smoke Ireland, has a good chance of taking the title! Vegetarians are also looked after with special veggie BBQs.

I am totally excited to be involved in the Irish Cheese Awards committee – the award dinner is taking place on 2 November in the Ballymaloe Grainstore.

The best of Irish cheeses will be tested by a panel of international judges and only the best of the best will make the cut.

My own cheese isn’t in the competition as we haven’t launched it yet, but as I love cheese, I am delighted to be part of the committee. Tickets are available on Eventbrite (look for Irish Cheese Awards 2017).

Tomorrow is Film Feast Night – this year we are heading to the Village Hall on Patrick’s Quay. And this time, it really is a personal affair with me doing the cooking.

We are showing the beautiful film The Big Night and food will be flavours of Italy (hopefully).

The Film Feast Night takes place once a year as part of the IndieCork Film Festival and I have been involved from the start, and I have to say, it is always a pleasure working with Una Feely of IndieCork and I am looking forward to seeing all the feasters again.

Last week was also Michelin Star time and the Wild Honey Inn in Lisdoonvarna received its first star making them the first pub to receive a star in Ireland.

There were no changes otherwise, and again, Cork missed out. I could start my rant again as I do every year, but you know, we don’t need a star to know that we have great food and chefs.

So, let’s celebrate the wonderful people who create outstanding food that the Michelin inspectors have yet to discover.

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