21 July 2011

Totally Tipperary- Photos from the Food Festival

After all my excitement in going to the Totally Tipperary Food Festival- I ended up being in Galway Clinic on the day. (not a bad place to be if you have to be in hospital I might add) I am on the mend now but I was so sorry to miss the day after hearing about it and promoting it myself for so long. Thankfully, I got my dear friend Eddie Cleary, a talented photographer to head over there for me and capture the day in my absence. These are just a portion of what he took but it will give you an idea.
Hosted on the grounds the Cloughjordan House where Sarah Baker runs her Cookery School and she and her husband have created a beautiful family home. When I visited before the festival she gave me a tour around the house and it has been restored with great care and attention to detail. I'll be sure to re-visit and show you inside!

Tents were set up on the huge lawn to the front o f house.
This is Michael Seymour from Sheepwalk Organic Farm- he and I have been exchanging emails but have yet to meet- but you can expect a longer post about his farm in the near future. His farm was certified organic in 1999 and he's been selling his organic beef and lamb direct since 2004. You can find him every Saturday at the Nenagh Farmer's Market which is located in Quentin's Way. He won the Bridgestone "Best in Ireland" Award 2011. For more visit his website - Sheepwalk Farm.
Above, the talented and lovely Mags Bergin, who I featured earlier on my blog with her delicious pavlova and breads. Now you can put a face to the name- for more check out her site- Mags Home Baking.
Inch House, a beautiful county house hotel and restaurant located just outside Thurles, went into the business of making their delicious black pudding back in 2002. Created by Maureen Burne, it is a traditional black pudding recipe- her Granny's recipe. Last August, my husband and I had dinner at Inch House in celebration of our 10th Wedding Anniversary and we can both attest that the black pudding with goat cheese is absolutely amazing. For more check out their website - Inch House.
They also sell white pudding and a variety of dressings.
I was so sorry to not be able to taste some of these colourful and creative goodies made by Malgorzata Browne- who has her business Gosias Delight. She's currently selling in Polish shops and has applied to get a stand in a local farmer's market. You can email her at goshazuza@hotmail.com or find her on Facebook and Twitter under GosiasDelight.

Irish Seed Savers is based on a 20 acre farm in Scariff, County Clare. They work to preserve vegetable, fruits and grains that have become less "trendy" in supermarkets and distributors. They work to protect genetic diversity in plants thus ensuring less disease and vulnerability to pests. They host eco-camps, school tours and weekend workshops for adults and you can read more about them on their website, Irish Seed Savers.
I've been buying Crossogue Preserves since I first moved to Ireland and been also shipping lots back to the States to my family- my favourites include the onion marmalade and the black currant and Guinness jam but Veronica Molloy, the owner and creator of this amazing product line has a huge selection all handmade just outside Thurles.

You can definitely expect a bigger post about Crossogue Preserves in the future as Veronica and I have been trying to arrange to meet up but our schedules have made it impossible.
Veronica on the left. For more - do go to their website Crossogue Preserves or find them on Facebook.
This is Una O'Dwyer from Una O'Dwyer Fine Food Cashel. The daughter of a butcher, Una started her business 4 years ago making sausages and puddings. Find out more about her on her website - Una O'Dwyer Fine Foods Cashel.
Yummy cakes from Ada's Country Cakes made by Ada Goulding - she sells in the Cloughjordan Farmer's Market every week and can be contacted at 087-1210664.
She also has lovely brown breads and muffins - a great selection of homemade goodies.
A demonstration about different cuts of meat- Crowes Farm.
I absolutely love this sparkling apple juice from The Apple Farm -and often treat myself to a bottle which I pick up in Nenagh at Country Choice. Find out more on their website- The Apple Farm.
There was a buzz of activity at the cooking demonstrations.

As I mentioned, all images are by Eddie Cleary. Do check out his own website -Canvaspic-this is just part of what he does, putting your memorable images onto canvas so you can hang them at home but he also photographed my daughters Holy Communion two years ago and did an absolutely beautiful job. We have the images all over our house and I'll be sure to do another post showing them later. Do keep him in mind if you are in the Nenagh area for photographing events, family occasions- store openings etc. He's very talented and well worth talking to.


  1. Everything looks delish! Have a lovely day, Kellie xx

  2. Food festival represent delicious food and wide ranges or different types of food. Every thing in this post looks so beautiful.

  3. That looks like a really good food fair and in a lovely place.