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Friday 22 August 2014

A taste of home

Published 07/11/2012 | 09:41

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TESCO EXTRA was more like a top-class restaurant than a supermarket on Friday as it hosted a Homegrown in Ireland evening.

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From 4-8pm, queues of eager -- and hungry -- shoppers took part in tasting sessions, and as a result picked up everything from Bellingham Cheese to Truly Irish sausages and O'Donnells mouthwatering crisps.

Each stall was a masterpiece in itself, promoting the Homegrown umbrella brand which shows off seasonal Irish products.

Local suppliers mingled with nationwide names, as everything went down well, especially the Carton Brothers piri piri chicken with gorgeous mushrooms.

The Good Fish company, with a distinct Castletownbere feel, were promoting a great 'fish in a bag' idea. A simple, concept, the idea is you buy the bag, bring it home, heat it up and away you go. Add in a few sauces and you have a magnificent meal in minutes and no worries about how long you have to cook the fish for.

The cooked ham from O'Brien's was magnificent as were the Truly Irish sausages, so much so, there wasn't too many left in the shop by the end of the evening!

There always has to be favourites at events like this, could anything beat the ABP striploin steak or the garlic saute mushrooms?

Amongst those on display on the day were ABP Beef, Truly Irish Breakfast Meats, Hilton Foods - Pork, O'Briens Fine Foods - Cold meats, The Goodfish Company - Fish, Dawn Meats - Lamb, O'Donnells - Crisps, Carton Bros - Chicken, Boyne Valley - Cheese, Goldshield Mushrooms - Mushrooms.

Days like this just shows the wealth of variety there is in the Irish homegrown market.

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