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Harvest season brings bounty of food festivals

Wednesday, 15th August, 2018 4:41pm

August and September are always great months – the summer is coming to an end and autumn is in the air.

These months are also the busiest months for people like me as it is harvest time for any kitchen gardener and I was busy making blackcurrant chutney and jam.

Apples and pears will be next and I am already looking forward to the plums that will be showing their dark violet beauty soon. I am very lucky to live in the countryside with space to grow and people in urban areas might think that there is no way they could grow anything.

But fear not, VoxPro and Kitty Scully, Project Manager at VoxGrow are inviting you to visit the Urban Garden Festival, which takes place on Sunday 26 August in Mahon on the grounds of VoxPro’s Garden Dome.

Amazing talks are scheduled like vertical growing, container gardening, urban farming and more. There will also be entertainment and I am sure the pizza oven will be busy! Tickets are €3.75 and can be purchased in advance from Eventbrite.

Other events I am already looking forward to are the Cork Craft Fair in the Cork International Hotel on 1 and 2 September (I know, not really food related but I just love to see the talented crafters and artists and their creations) and of course, not to forget the Cork Cheese Festival that is happening from 24–30 September.

Watch out for restaurants that are taking part and offering special cheese dishes during the week, but the highlight has to be the weekend programme with a gala dinner on Friday 28 September (I have secured some amazing chefs for this dinner) and the market, demonstrations and workshops on the Saturday and Sunday.

Another festival I am looking forward to is A Taste of West Cork. This year I am even scheduled to speak at the Facts, Fads & Phonies Conference on Thursday 13 September.

This conference is now in its third year and I have been involved in a mere admin position so far but this year, organizer Avril asked me to come on board as one of the speakers.

Avril and myself tend to have our very own mini conferences where we give out about phonies in the industry – so I guess, she thought I could do that just as well on stage. As you know, this festival is one of the oldest in the country and one of the first I have ever attended and have met great people through the years.

I still remember meeting the amazing Bill Hogan who made the delicious Gabriel Cheese back then and had the most interesting life stories to tell.

One event I am trying to join every year is the Cookbook Workshop at Urru in Bandon. This year, the writings of Myrtle Allen will be covered and I can’t wait to hear stories of people who have met her. Urru in Bandon is one of these neighbourhood shops that we need in every community.

You see, there is a lot to look forward to in August and September – I am also organizing events for Bia Sásta – so watch this space for updates!


Upcoming Food Events:

16 – 19 Aug The Big Grill

24 August Taste of Fermoy

26 August Urban Garden Festival

7 – 16 Sept. A Taste of West Cork

7 – 9 Sept. Waterford Harvest Festival

8 – 9 Sept. Airfield Festival of Food

For more details on these and other upcoming food events, please go to biasasta.ie/calendar.

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