I am sure it must happen to others…. you haven’t been somewhere for an age, and then suddenly you are there so may times!
That is what has happened here. We had not been to Limerick since November – then we’ve been twice in the past two weeks! Our last trip there was this past week when we travelled for the Foodies Expo. We had heard about it through our local County Enterprise Board, so figured we’d give it a try.
As it was almost like a day off, we headed away early and stopped at La Cucina for lunch on the way. This was only our third attempt to get to La Cucina and our luck was in this time round! We managed to have a very quick lunch there – it would have been nice to have had more time to sit and chill (and maybe even have a glass of wine). Next time! Alfie declared the pizza excellent – even better than his own – now that’s some praise!
We did come away with a few goodies tho! I am waiting patiently for my rocket to grow so I can have a nice Bresaola Salad. 🙂
Then it was off to the exhibition.
We weren’t sure what to expect but well done to the organisers. It was really worth the trip. For us, it proved to be a great opportunity to network and meet with various suppliers.
Had a couple of long chats with lots of different traders – but one of the most interesting (for me anyway) was chatting with Muireann from North Tipperary Food Works. A clever idea they have there…. an HSE fully approved kitchen that food producers can rent by the hour! No excuse if you live in the area (near Rearcross) – the rent is nominal (€15 ph) and the kitchen has full approval.
There was a ‘break out’ section too, where interesting talks were going on. We had hoped to catch Peter Ward’s (Country Choice) talk but just as Peter was starting we bumped into old friends who we hadn’t seen in 10 years!
Ireland really is such a small country! You really never know when you are going to bump into people.
When we’d last met Frank and Grainne it was probably over a late glass of wine in Malahide. So we had a very very quick catch up with them! Good to hear that they’ve now got a restaurant The Beach House in Bray – which of course we will have to go visit sometime.
We did get to hear Sully of Cully & Sully talk. Sully was kind enough to share his thoughts on costing and cashflows – and tell us of their experience and lessons learnt.
Unfortunately the feeding routine back home meant we couldn’t stay about to hear Bobby Kerr speak.
Again well done to all involved.
There should be more of these type of events around the country. There was such a positive vibe for the afternoon. If you see something like this in your area get along to it.
Well worth a second trip to Limerick.