Hungry? We’re Counting Down to some Incredible Food

The best  of Irish food will be at Food Summit. Don’t miss your chance to attend. Get your ticket here.

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Web Summit brings together some of the brightest brains on the planet, under one roof, for three days of educational talks, workshops and motivational speeches. Our list of speakers in 2014 is bigger and better than ever before. An impressive list of heads of established companies and innovative Startups, giants of the technology world, founders of some of the biggest name companies we all now know as household names.

But what does a bright brain need to help it function at optimum levels? Good wholesome food is an absolute must. Which is why Web Summit has joined up with Good Food Ireland for the second year in a row, to provide food for all the speakers, delegates and international media who will be in attendance from 4th-6th November.

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The Food Summit with Good Food Ireland will be hosted in a marquee in Herbert Park, and showcases all the very best producers, cooks, chefs and restaurants in Ireland. All are part of the Good Food Ireland network, where criteria for membership focusses on Irish ingredient led cuisine. Which means not only will Web Summit visitors have some healthy wholesome food to sample, they will also be getting a true taste of Ireland on every plate. Last year’s partnership with Good Food Ireland firmly established Ireland as a gourmet destination on the world map.

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This year, that reputation will be firmly cemented, as the Good Food lreland team gear up to feed thousands of visitors during the three day event. There will also be some spectacular showcase menus in the evenings, prepared by Ireland’s top chefs. The Food Technology Stage will host famous name food journalists, chefs and food business professionals, talking on a variety of topics, from Man Versus Food to 3D printing technology for the food market.

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What can we look forward to in food terms? A sneaky glimpse at the menu reveals some serious gourmet delights coming up! Farmhouse cheeses from Knockanore Farmhouse in Co. Waterford, Knockdrinna in Co. Kilkenny, Cooleeny Farmhouse in Tipperary, Bluebell Falls farm, Milleens, Toonsbridge Dairy and Ardsallagh in Co. Cork show the diversity and class of Irish cheese now being produced here. Cow’s milk, buffalo milk, sheep’s milk and goat’s milk are used for this little collection of handcrafted cheeses, made on individual farms, where the livestock graze in lush green pasture, not far from the dairy house door.

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For meat and fish lovers, cured Cork Spiced Beef comes from Tom Durcan in the English Market. Hams and home made charcuterie from McCarthy’s Butchers, Kanturk – who are famous for feeding the big names on the Co. Cork Senior Hurling team!

Ballinwillin Farmhouse in Mitchelstown, Co. Cork, produces Venison and Wild Boar salamis from the farm’s own herd of free range heritage breed pork and Hungarian Red Deer. Own label Smoked Irish Salmon come from O’Connell’s and Ballycotton Seafoods in the English Market, Co Cork. To accompany the meats, cheese and fish, a selection of artisan tracklements from Ballymaloe Foods, G’s Jams and The Wild Irish Foragers and Preservers. Again, very different styles in this clutch.

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Ballymaloe is perhaps a well known name for most. Ballymaloe Canberry Relish can adorn anything from a cheese sarnie to chicken liver pate. G’s Jam Autumn Chutney is handmade in big saucepans in small batches, using Irish vegetables, just like you’d make a pot of chutney at home. Wild Irish Foragers and Preservers make a selection of condiments from wild produce foraged on their land – in this case, a fabulous Crab Apple and Wild Berry Fruit Cheese from this year’s crop of crab apple and hedgerow fruits.

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This lot will need some decent bread and good crackers to munch alongside. Sourdoughs and crusty yeast breads and traditional Irish Soda breads come from Arbutus Breads in Co. Cork, Hickey’s Bakery Clonmel, and Bretzel Bakery in Dublin. Barron’s Bakery of Cappoquin, Co Waterford, and M&D Bakery in Waterford City, are, both makers of the famous Waterford Blaa, which is an Irish heritage product now protected status. Crackers from Foods of Athenry in Galway, and traditional Irish oatcakes from Ditty’s Bakery in Northern Ireland will round off the feast nicely!

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Of course there will be some substantial main courses to add to the nibbles. We will let you in on the secret of those in the next blog, but suffice to say there will be creations from Ananda Dublin, O’Connell’s Donnybrook, Donnybrook Fare, Cornucopia Dublin, Harte’s Bar and Grill, Kildare, Larkin’s Pub, Garrykennedy and Country Choice, Nenagh, Tipperary, Rathmullan House, Donegal, The Yard Restaurant, Wexford Town, The River Lee Hotel, Cork, Nude Food, Dungarvan Co. Waterford and Toscana Restaurant, Dublin.

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What an impressive list of names on this roll call! Follow them up with delicious desserts and handmade chocolates,all from the island of Ireland. Watch this space for more on those. Are you feeling hungry yet….?

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