Cheesemongers probe raw milk debate
At a time when the drinking of raw milk has come under the spotlight, plenty of farmers and consumers will be interested in a workshop being run by Sheridan's Cheesemongers at the Virginia Show.
The prospect of a ban on the sale of raw milk this autumn will no doubt provide plenty of discussion at the first workshop, entitled 'Raw Milk, Butter, Cheese'. The second workshop is self-explanatory -- 'Kids Workshop: Pizzas from Scratch'.
Sheridan's Cheesemongers is a retailer and wholesaler of quality Irish and European foods, who are committed to sourcing excellent-quality artisan products and, where possible, forging links directly with the food producers themselves.
Elizabeth Ryan from Sheridan's, host of the pizza workshop, has a simple philosophy of using fresh local produce incorporated into traditional, tried and tested dishes with a few twists.
Ms Ryan will involve kids at the show in learning to cook from scratch. Celebrity chef Neven Maguire will be cooking with local produce, including steak from Leo McEnroe's pedigree Aberdeen Angus herd on Bruise Hill and Ollie Stanley's herd of commercial double-muscled Belgian Blues.
A wide selection of food markets and trade stands will allow visitors to interact, ask questions and discuss what they need with local food producers and suppliers.
Meanwhile, this year's show will also feature the ICA €500 Guild competition, sponsored by McEvoy's SuperValu, for which the ladies of the guild were asked to research the cost of food 100 years ago.