Archive for March, 2013

City Of Culture 2013 Derry/Londonderry ,January February.

What a month this has been with the Irish Food Heritage Project .Bringing in 2013 was epic here in Derry.The firework display on New Years eve was breathtaking..

We had a wonderful Sons & Daughters Concert on the 20th that raised the bar for all the events to come.This was an amazing concert and was received by young and old alike as the best musical event that Derry has ever seen. News just in of the One big Weekend by Radio one also.This will be a fantastic coup for  Derry .

Summary of Events January 2013 for Irish Food Heritage Project

I did 4 fantastic Game tasting dinners in the Glens of Antrim in January ,which were well received by the guests.This was a great experience and diners were treated to the best Ireland has to offer of wild foods & Game from our Countryside.

As the game season draws to a close for another year, the expectations for this years Great Game fairs of Ireland Heightens .Ballywalter game fair and Shanes Castle Gamefair with flavour fine food festival have all been rolled into one.The Birr Gamefair has also incorporated The Gathering Ireland and is running an extended 3 day event this year.

FAIR 2013 – The largest ever IRISH GAME FAIR

THE IRISH GAME FAIR with its partner fair the Irish Game & Country Fair at Birr Castle are promoted nationally and internationally as the two GREAT GAME FAIRS of IRELAND. They are indisputably the largest game fairs and country sports events in Ireland with an unrivalled reputation for quality of
entertainment and international class ALL Ireland Game Fair Sporting Championships and competitions.

2013 sees the Ballywalter Game & Country Living Fair combine with the
normal event at Shanes Castle to create The IRISH GAME FAIR & FLAVOUR FINE FOOD FESTIVAL (our 52nd fair)
which is likely to be the largest Irish Game Fair EVER taking place on the  29th 30th June 2013.

The 2013 combined event with even more trade stands; many new and more enhanced
attractions including three arena programmes operating at once featuring a rich
mix of country sports and living history entertainment ; an enhanced range of
competitions with an enhanced prize fund ; some world class demonstrators and an
evocative Irish sporting theme of ‘The Year of the Salmon and Woodcock’, is
likely to set new standards for family countryside and country sports
entertainment as the best ever Irish game or country fair.

Check out the Gamefair & Countrysports magazine websites below

I have some excellent game recipes for you to try, featured in the current Edition of Country Sports and Country Life magazine .This is still available for you to purchase until March at all good book stores .Look out for  the beautiful painting of  “Woodcock In Snow” By John R Moore on the front cover –John R Moore has to be one of the finest  and most talented wildlife artists I’ve ever Come across .His Paintings are so life like.

Check out Johns Website here –


World Skills -uk skills “Have a Go” @North West Regional College 

We had a fantastic have a go day  at  the North West Regional College In January .This was an amazing opportunity for young people to have a go at Culinary Skills Service & Bar Skills.This was organised as part of the NWRC Showcase in Birmingham in 2012 It was funded by UK Skills

NWRC Invites Local Budding Chefs to HAVE A GO

North West Regional College  offered 12 – 18 year olds the chance to enjoy a free ‘Have a Go’ event, experiencing Hospitality & Catering at its state-of–the-art kitchen facilities Strand Road Campus, on Saturday 26th January. The College’s staff and students recently showcased its culinary excellence at WORLDSKILLS 2012, and are now brought the excitement of the globe’s largest skills competition to the College.

From 10am – 1pm, participants were given the opportunity to take part in a wide range of practical cooking challenges which were  designed to help them discover their hidden culinary talents. From preparing fresh pasta from scratch to making delicious cupcakes, the fun-filled event  gave young people lots of opportunities to get involved and enjoy a series of fun challenges which introduces them to new food delights and cooking skills.

This bite-size taster day is an exciting way for local young people to gain an insight into the workings of a professional kitchen and restaurant, and to learn some valuable skills they can use at home. They also had the chance to rub shoulders with leading professional chefs and managers, and to spark an interest in a career in the hospitality & cookery industry.

The event was FREE to attend hosted by the College’s award winning lecturers in Hospitality & Catering who recently impressed the thousands of visitors at WorldSkills Birmingham 2012, as an extra bonus, participants got  the opportunity to sample the culinary delights they created during the Day

For Further Information on NWRC Hospitality Department and Flying clipper restaurant,click the links below

Foyle Parents & Friends- Richmond Hall

I had a really fantastic cookery demonstration at the Richmond hall in Derry .This was organised  by Mary O Neil from Foyle Parents and Friends.Foyle Parents & Friends are a Charity working with children and young people with disabilities and their carers.They  work with children and young people with learning, sensory and physical disabilities. They also work with the carers of those young adults who attend local Day Centres

I cooked a few nice signature Dishes from the Project that had a great response .This is a real worthwhile charity and I hope to work with Mary and the Girls in the Coming months in raising funds for their charity.

Check out their facebook page below!/pages/Foyle-Parents-and-Friends-Association/174991635877904?fref=ts

Thanks to Peter McKane for taking these amazing photos of the night below.

Broighter Gold Economusee Artisan Product Launch 5th February 2013

Broighter Gold was launched on Tuesday 5 February as the second ÉCONOMUSÉE in the UK.

This was a great day for all who attended ,thanks also to Stanley Matthews of the Lime Tree Restaurant in Limavady for the fantastic food using Broighter Gold Rapeseed oil

Congratulations to Leona & Richard on this Fantastic achievement ..

The Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust (CCGHT) approached Broighter Gold in January 2012 and were immediately convinced that this rural family business ticked all the right boxes to be considered as the next ÉCONOMUSÉE in the region.

CCGHT Project Officer, Tiérna McAlister commented: ‘An ÉCONOMUSÉE is a working museum that sees the combination of sustainability, culture, craft and tourism and in turn offers an economic platform for local craft artisans such as Broighter Gold.   The interpretation inside the workshop will enhance the overall visitor experience and enable visitors to follow every step of the process of turning rapeseed into liquid gold. We are delighted to lead on such an innovative and creative tourism initiative and hope to encourage and promote more sustainable tourism experiences in the Causeway Coast and Glens area’.

Magne Haugseng, Project Manager, ÉCONOMUSÉE Northern Europe commented: ÉCONOMUSÉE is a concept developed in Québec, Canada.  The mission of the ÉCONOMUSÉE network is to promote and keep alive traditional crafts and knowledge, whilst ensuring economic growth within rural communities.  The project consists of partners in eight countries; Quebec, Greenland. Iceland, Faroe Islands, Norway, Sweden, Republic of Ireland and here in Northern Ireland.  The aim is to create 22 new ÉCONOMUSÉE and around 20 new jobs, taking the number of ÉCONOMUSÉE to around 40 in Europe.  The Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust has been an enthusiastic partner from the very beginning. It is a pleasure to work with them and on behalf of the ÉCONOMUSÉE Network I wish Broighter Gold ÉCONOMUSÉE every success in the future.

Bill Harpur, Chairman of the Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust commented: We have been honoured to work with Leona and Richard on establishing their small farm enterprise as an ÉCONOMUSÉE and we wish them every success in the future with their award winning Broighter Gold Rapeseed Oil and also with their artisan museum.’

The Mayor of Limavady Borough Council, Cllr Cathal McLaughlin added: ‘Limavady Borough Council is delighted to be associated with this project and we welcome visitors to enjoy the experience and the hospitality offered in the Broighter Gold ÉCONOMUSÉE workshop.

2013 is an important year for the Derry ~ Londonderry City of Culture and Broglasco Farm is perfectly situated at the gateway to Derry and on the Causeway Coastal Route.’

More than 60 delegates attended the launch despite the wintry conditions including the Chief Executive of Limavady Borough Council Liam Flanigan, Micheal Scullion proprietor of Scullion Hurls, Loughgiel, Julie McLaughlin NITB, Chairperson of Moyle District Council Cllr Sandra Hunter, Robin Bolton CAFRE’s Senior Crops Development Adviser, Chairman of Binevenagh AONB Management Group Mike Jones, local restaurateurs and students from North West Regional College along with many more guests.

Leona commented: ‘We owe a great deal of gratitude to our friends and family for helping us to achieve this status and especially for helping us to get the workshop ready for today’s launch.

Huge thanks must go to the ÉCONOMUSÉE network, the Northern Periphery Programme Limavady Borough Council, NITB and the Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust.

Broighter Gold will also be part of The Feast or Famine Food Adventures — Dates to be announced soon.

Check out The websites below

Steelstown Primary School

I Had a great time Cooking Oatcakes and Cruibeens with Mrs McColgans & Mrs Devines P2 classes at Steelstown Primary School.

Children were treated to an insight into the past & taught their shared Food Heritage of the North West,whilst tasting samples of foods Likes Scone Bread ,Oatcakes and Pigs Trotters
This was another successful Irish Food Heritage Project Cookery Demonstration,made all the more fulfilling when the children could’nt get enough of the food! ,The Scone Bread especially.This is (My Ma’s Scone Bread Recipe) and will feature in the book and interactive app coming soon.

I’d like to thank Steelstown Primary Schools Principle ,Mrs Gillespie and Teachers Mrs Mc Colgan & Mrs Devine for inviting me to cook and tell the history of food to the children. I Thoroughly enjoyed it Thank you.

Irish Food Heritage Project ,Feast or Famine App

The coming months will be very exciting with the many activities Planned around the Launch of the Book Feast or Famine.I hope to give you a definative date for the Book Launch soon.

In the meantime Guildhall Press and other partners have been working hard on the Feast or Famine Ipad App.Guildhall press have been doing this at Creggan Enterprises and at the New Digital Studios at Rathmore Creggan.

Check out GHP website here

IFHP Feast or Famine–Interactive Web-APP IPOD /IPAD APP-EBook Funded By The  Arts Council of Northern Ireland- Creative Industries Inovation Fund & Digital Derry -CultureTech Fund.

IFHP – Feast or Famine: The App / Enhanced ebook
Visualise a very attractive, engaging, informative and interactive app / ebook being available on Irish Food heritage and the Provenance of local foods.
This product is truly multifunctional. It will be informative and engaging reading for the general public Tourism, academics, students and culinary enthusiasts. It will also be used as an academic / educational tool – as it will contain a unique guide to the industrial and agricultural heritage of the North West. This will include Real time interviews with artisan food producers, supplier’s chefs and agricultural stakeholder’s cookery demonstrations and interviews will also be featured. Cookery Demonstrations using very high quality video extracts custom shot for the project recording the Preparation and general background dishes in the publication. The App will Include very high quality photography for the general content of the app – still shots of the region and the raw ingredients, implements and final dishes when dressed and presented.The app will initially be developed to suit the iOS platform – iPad and iPhone -and will be imported to Android . The app will be available via the iTunes App store.
Check back for dates on the Launch of the app & More exciting news with The Irish Food Heritage Project- coming soon !!