Food news: Cavan gets cooking
The sixth annual Taste of Cavan takes place on Friday and Saturday August 11 and 12 at the Cavan Equestrian Centre. Local and national favourite, Neven Maguire (pictured above, third from right), is just one of the chefs taking part - he'll be demo-ing at the Ulster Bank-sponsored Chef's Kitchen.
Others making an appearance include Richard Corrigan, whose Virginia Park estate in Cavan is one of the most popular wedding venues in the country, and also supplies his London restaurants, Bentley's and Corrigan, with organic fruit and vegetables via twice-weekly deliveries. David and Stephen Flynn, aka the Happy Pear, will be there too, as will cookbook author and Lords and Ladles' star, Catherine Fulvio.
Other chefs on the programme include gluten-free guru and Fáilte Ireland Food Champion, Gearóid Lynch (centre) of The Olde Post Inn; The Great British Menu star Eddie Attwell (second from left) of St Kyran's Country House; RTÉ's Chef Adrian Martin (left), whose book Fakeaway was published recently; 'No Salt Chef' Brian McDermott; Shane Smith (right) of Airfield Estate; and Bord Bia's Máire Dufficy. Even though he didn't win Celebrity Masterchef, actor/director and host of TV3's Saturday AM, Simon Delaney (second from right) was a hugely popular contestant. Simon - who has his first cookbook due out later this year - will give a cookery demo at Taste of Cavan.
The festival features a food market with 130 stalls showcasing the best food and drink products from Cavan and the surrounding region, and there's a free Kids' Zone to keep children entertained.
Keen cooks can pre-register online for a 'Cook with Neven' masterclass, in which groups of two will get to cook alongside the man himself.
Another new addition to this year's line-up will be a Smallholders' Convention, which will bring together people interested in the smallholding life from all over Ireland and the UK, including experts who will share their experience with those interested in taking up smallholding.
The organisers say that Taste of Cavan is easily the "biggest and best food festival in the north-west" and remains so because it has stayed true to its ethos of promoting only the very finest local and regional produce, with a line-up of stalls and chefs carefully chosen to ensure the very best visitor experience. To see the full programme, visit tasteofcavan.ie.
QUEENS OF SUMMER
Even committed carb-avoiders find it hard to resist the lure of the new season crop of flavoursome and thin-skinned Queens potatoes, in the shops now. Dietician Aoife Hearne has produced recipes for Bord Bia to encourage Irish people to eat more of them. See potato.ie.
A TASTE OF CLEW BAY
Seamus Commons is presenting a new seafood-focused tasting menu to go with his smartly re-vamped La Fourgere restaurant at Knockranny House Hotel in Mayo on August 18 and 19. A two-night stay, including dinner on one night, costs from €255 pps. Dinner for non-residents is €75. See knockrannyhousehotel.ie.
POP GOES THE CHOPHOUSE
Kevin Arundel's Chophouse is popping up as a residency at Dublin's Hibernian Club's (above) main dining room for October, allowing non-members to dine in one of the best rooms on the Green. Bookings can be made on 01 677 4744 or via email@example.com.