|A beautiful handmade Ark by Handmade Toys 4 U - www.handmadetoys4u.ie - the company sells a wide range of toys for both boys and girls from lorries to dollhouses and they are all made in Tipperary.|
The June Bank Holiday weekend - which kicks off officially on Friday is going to be a very busy weekend here in Ireland. Realistically, you'd actually need to clone yourself several times over to get to all the amazing festivals and day events going on all around the country.
One big event that kicks off this Thursday is Bloom 2012 - last year Sophia and I headed up there for the first time and we were hooked! This year I am going up for a Food Bloggers Picnic which promises to be a great day out - it's been organized by Bord Bia and we'll be divided into teams and we have to meet food producers and using props on hand - we need to set up a picnic for two - I think I'm going to have to bring along a few bits from home - some Fuchsia plates from Nicholas Mosse, a tablecloth, little vase - what fun - I can't wait. It will also be a great time to mingle with lots of other great food bloggers who I've met at various other events over the last year or so.
Now, back on track, you see...so much going on. I wanted to tell you about The Tipperary Fayre which will be held in Thurles, Tipperary on Saturday, 2 June. It kicks off at 11am and will run until 6pm.
There will be loads of foodie stalls from local growers and producers. One of the local food produers that I am looking forward to meeting is Irish Pietmontese Beef - I became aware of their product almost a year ago and yet have not had a chance to taste it - the series of food images below highlight their beef in different dishes. They all look amazing to me and all the recipes are up on their website along with cooking instructions.Visitors get to browse, taste and buy from stalls that wil line the Boardwalk and the Gallery at the Source Arts Centre.
|Griddled Steak with Cajun Sweet Potato Chips and an Avocado Lime Sour Cream.|
There are going to be arts and crafts stalls as well making it a great family day out. Most of the demonstations; including a talk on identifying cuts of meat and tips for shopping for meat by Denis from Premier Meats
|Warm Beef and Roast Vegetable Salad wih Feta, Hazelnuts and Mint.|
I'm looking forward to the demonstration by renowned TV chef & food writer Catherine Fulvio who will be doing a demonstration at 4:30pm - tickets for her demonstration cost €10 and they can be purchased through The Source Box office at 0504-90204.
|Steak Wrap with Augergine.|
Another great local food producer based in Holy Cross, Tipperary is Tipperary Kitchen. Business owners and husband and wife Brian and Ann Marie, make amazing award winning biscuit cake, breads and meringues. Their business has been growing in leaps and bounds in recent months and it's exciting to see such a great success story in North Tipperary.Facebook page to get updated reports of what will be happening on the day. They'll be loads to do and we'll all be praying for a bit of good weather to continue.