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Wednesday 30 July 2014

'Wild About' wins pair of gold stars

Fintan Lambe

Published 24/09/2013|05:30

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Celebrity chef Clodagh McKenna enjoying a glass of rhubarb syrup with prosecco with Fiona Falconer of Wild About

AS IT enters the busy berry harvest season, Artisan food company 'Wild About' in Monamolin, has just brought home two gold stars from the Great Taste Awards.

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AS IT enters the busy berry harvest season, Artisan food company 'Wild About' in Monamolin, has just brought home two gold stars from the Great Taste Awards.

'Wild About' makes preserves, chutneys, fresh pestos and syrups from locally sourced, seasonally grown and native wild ingredients. Earlier in the summer, the start up company won the All Ireland Farmers Market Competition against strong competition.

'As a start up, it's great to have your efforts recognised,' said Fiona Falconer of Wild About, 'but to bring home two gold stars from the Great Taste Awards is something special, a real testament to the quality and innovation of our products.'

The product which won the award was its brand of rhubarb syrup. For Fiona, working with rhubarb brought back summer childhood memories eating rhubarb and custard several times a day while on holidays.

'The simple smell of freshly cooked rhubarb still draws me right back there,' she said. 'At Wild About we make a variety of syrups from native, seasonal and wild ingredients that can be diluted for a refreshing drink, poured directly over ice cream, pancakes, porridge, a dollop into smoothies, or shaken not stirred for some crackin' cocktails.'

She said it works very well with prosecco, as celebrity chef Clodagh McKenna testifies in her restaurants. Wild About rhubarb syrup is available from Joanne's Cafe, and Pettitt's Supervalu, Main Street, Gorey.

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