Food news: Savour Sligo
The inaugural Irish International Fashion & Food Summit takes place in Sligo from November 3-5, and as a tasty incentive the organisers are offering a discount to Weekend magazine readers.
The Food Series part of the summit will take place at The Model arts centre, home of the Niland Collection, and is taking as its theme 'The Future of Irish Food'.
There will be talks and panel discussions designed to educate, inspire and entertain, on topics such as 'Northern Exposure: A Sense of Place in Cooking', featuring chefs from the North discussing the influence of their environment on their cooking style; 'Irish Food, A Healthy Future?' with Denis Cotter from Paradiso in Cork, and 'Everyone's a Critic', a panel discussion where food writers examine the evolution of Irish food and tastes. Other sessions will look at the influence of world cuisine on Irish food, the reimagination of traditional recipes and ingredients in contemporary Irish cooking, and how the reputation of Irish food is perceived abroad.
Speakers include Michelin-starred chefs Clare Smyth (Core in London), Danni Barry (until recently of Eipic in Belfast and soon to open Clenaghans in Aghalee, Co Antrim), Stevie Toman (Ox, Belfast) and Mickael Viljanen (The GreenHouse, Dublin; pictured above, with Sarah Morrissey), alongside Jess Murphy (Kai, Galway), Wade Murphy (1826 Adare, Co Limerick) and Ciaran Sweeney (Forest & Marcy, Dublin), whose restaurants all hold the Bib Gourmand.
Mags Kirwan of Goatsbridge Trout Farm, Co Kilkenny, and Deirdre McGlone of Harvey's Point Hotel in Donegal town will offer their perspectives on the direction of Irish food and speak about their experiences in running successful and rewarding food businesses. Catherine Fulvio will reveal 'Lessons from Italy', while Hans and Gaby Weiland of The Organic Centre, Rossinver, Co Leitrim, will outline how 'To Forage and Ferment'; seaweed expert Dr Prannie Rhattigan's talk is 'The Irish Seaweed Kitchen'.
There will be food tastings, demonstrations and a gala dinner in the Radisson Hotel Sligo on Sunday November 5. Two-day tickets to all food events including food and beverages are €185.
For the full schedule, see iiffs.ie and follow Facebook @IIFFS, Instagram @irishiffs and Twitter @IrishIFFS
The Irish International Fashion & Food Summit is offering 20pc off two-day food tickets to all readers. To avail of this offer, simply log on to iiffs.ie/tickets-purchase and enter code 'IndoSat'
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