“There is no recession in Irish quality food,” says John McKenna. “In fact, the best food producers, restauranteurs, markets and counties are enjoying unprecedented success. It may seem difficult to believe that things have never been better, but things have never been so good in Irish speciality food. Conditions are tougher than ever in the marketplace, but food producers who have the right product at the right price now have a devoted audience, who are more conscious than ever before about buying Irish foods.”
The “continuing boom” for Irish artisan food producers is evidenced by the fact that the 2012 edition of “The Irish Food Guide” has 700 pages - 100 more than the last issue in 2010. The first edition was published in 1989, when the book was little more than 200 pages!
Irish Food Guide Offaly Entries:
BALLINAHOWN - Meadowsweet Apiaries & Farm Shop
BANAGHER - Coolfinn Gardens Organic Bakery
BIRR - Emma’s Café & Deli, Mossfield Organic Farm, The Organic Store, Prue & Simon’s
CLOGHAN - Clanwood Farm, Lough Boora Farm
KILLEIGH - Glenisk Organic Dairy, Quarrymount Free-Range Meats
PORTARLINGTON - Derryvilla Farm, Sweet Creations
TULLAMORE - The Farmer’s Gate, Farm Factory Direct, Hanlon’s, O’Donoghue’s Bakery, Pigs on the Green, Tormey’s Butchers
John and Sally McKenna have dedicated the tenth edition of “The Irish Food Guide” to Colm Conyngham of Bridgestone Ireland who sponsored the Food and “100 Best” guides for twenty one years.
“Like all long-term relationships, it is sad when they end,” says John McKenna, “but the winds of change are blowing through every element of life currently and so we adapt and move on. I’d like to sincerely thank Colm and everyone at Bridgestone for their support over the years – they were never just business partners and we look forward to the friendships continuing for many years to come.”
“The Irish Food Guide” by John and Sally McKenna, with Caroline Byrne, is published by Estragon Press at €15. www.guides.ie