Food news: take a lesson in food this autumn at fumbally stables
Back to school isn't just for the children, and this is the time of year when we all feel the need to learn about something new.
The 2016 autumn series at the Fumbally Stables is a programme of educational workshops, talks, and events running from mid-September until mid-November. The focus is on food and health, community and sustainability, and the series aims to convey the power that food has as a connector.
The event that caught my eye is a dinner by Takashi Miyazaki and Katie Sanderson on November 12 entitled 'Ichi-go Ichi-e' - "one time, one meeting". The prospect of a collaboration between two of Ireland's most exciting chefs - Miyazaki serves truly authentic Japanese food in the country at his tiny restaurant in Cork City, and Sanderson (pictured) is the woman behind the Dillisk pop-up in Connemara that ran during the summers of 2014 and 2015 - is tantalising. Tickets for the six-course dinner showcasing both Japanese and Irish influences will go quickly, even at €110 per head.
Other events in the series are less expensive, and some are free (although all are ticketed), and there's another chance to sample Sanderson's food at a Zuka Yoga Brunch with Eithne Kennedy on October 22.
Shane Murphy is hosting a tasting of raw and wild wines on September 22, and over the subsequent weeks there will be opportunities to learn about urban composting, fermentation, and seaweed foraging.
Coffee nerds will not want to miss a chance to spend the day with one of the world's most innovative coffee roasters: Denmark's The Coffee Collective, on October 16.
There's an introduction to bee-keeping with Sinead Finn on October 18, and also workshops on seed saving on November 5.
Domini Kemp and Patricia Daly will talk on food and cancer on October 19, and Shane Palmer, a baker who has worked in San Francisco for the past two years, is teaching a sourdough workshop on September 27 and again on October 25.
There's a 'blend your own bitters' workshop with Jarrod Cuffe on November 2 - not just for mixologists, say the organisers - and a workshop on mental health in the hospitality industry by Yvonne Scanlon and Colin Harmon on November 9 that will be of interest to those steeling themselves for the challenging run up to Christmas.
The full programme is online at thefumballystables.ie
The Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival runs from September 11 to 18, and is when families give thanks for the harvest by lighting coloured lanterns, sharing traditional mooncakes, and admiring the full moon - a symbol of family reunion. For event info email firstname.lastname@example.org
A full harvest moon is set to rise on Friday, September 16. A special Harvest evening at Hook Lighthouse will feature a barbecue and the Arthurstown Brewing Company's Hook beers made from locally-harvested hops. Tickets for the moonlight experience are available from hookheritage.ie
Catered to you
Linda Reid's Sandycove Kitchen is a new cookery school set up by the Ballymaloe graduate in her own rather lovely, state-of-the-art kitchen. Demonstrations, supper club evenings and corporate team building events are all - ahem - catered for, with classes on everything from Italian food to burgers. email@example.com