local artisan food producers will be showcasing their wares on home turf next weekend when they participate in A Taste of Offaly at the Tullamore Court Hotel.
Commencing at 12 noon next Sunday February 26 and running all afternoon the event is an opportunity for food producers to test new flavours and products.
Among the local participants will be Ralph Haslam of Mossfield Cheese, Ballybryan Bronze free range turkeys, Derryvilla Blueberry Farm, Slievebloom Farmhouse Foods (which incorporates the only cranberry farm in Ireland), the award-winning O’Donohue’s Bakery from Tullamore, Ballyshiel Chocolate spreads from Ferbane, organic vegetables from Lough Boora farm, organic oats from Ballard Farm in Kilbeggan, beef and lamb from Deverells Farm Factory Direct, home baked goods from Annaharvey farm and Tyrrells, along with delicious sausages from Pigs on the Green and Tullamore Meats.
Local chef Yvonne Carty of Hey Pesto will also be using ingredients from the area during her cookery demonstrations over the course of the afternoon whle anyone who likes Thai food will welcome the cookery demonstrations during the afternoon by chef Numb of Bang Thai in Loughrey’s of High Street.
A Taste of Offaly will feature over 40 exhibits ranging from gourmet jams to cheese, various types of bread to granola, handmade sausages and fine wines, hand made paper products, crafts and it is truly is a celebration of all things local. The event is co-ordinated by Midlands 103 with the assistance of Offaly Local Development Group and sponsored by JA Lumley & Son Ltd. On the day there will also be cookery demonstrations, sampling opportunities and a chance to try out all the goods before purchasing.