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I have already written about our Saturday trip to Kilkenny which was all about food and the pleasure of food!

We also travelled to Kilkenny on Friday for the Foodcamp.  I had been last year for the first time and had been mightily impressed by the array of speakers, all speaking passionately about what is their passion.  This year we were both invited to speak at Foodcamp.

A chose to speak about his passion – how we feed and treat our animals – especially those we intend to eat!  Himself and Brendan from Castlemine have been working over the past months putting a proposal together for Bord Bia that will hopefully be the working document for a ‘free-range’ food label.  Under the free-range title, there is also the question of what we feed animals and that brings us nicely to GMO contaminated foodstuff.

Alfie speaking

A’s slot was at 10.45 on Friday morning – he was a bit disappointed that only 8 or so attended his talk (he was competing with the Bretzel Bakery who were talking about how bad commercial bread is)…. but those who did attend were enthusiastic and astounded to hear just how much genetically modified stuff is allowed into the food chain.  But I will let you read A’s post on that! (it will be coming up soon).

Next up for me to attend was Susan Boyle on a history of wine in Ireland…. gosh we drank a lot of wine way back then… So now we have the ideal excuse to do some catching up!

Then it was time to listen to Suzanne Campbell discuss as she put it ‘the darker side of food’.  I have read parts of Suzannes’ book “Basketcase”, but will be going back to it after listening on Friday. Having listened to Suzanne, it does pose the question ‘how do we get the message out there’?  If a chicken is selling €2.99 – what has it been fed? what has the farmer been paid? how much does the supermarket get? Did you know that each chicken fillet in a 6 pack could have come from a different country?  There really is a dark side to food!

Suzanne Campbell

As happened last year, there was a ‘picnic’ lunch!  All participants were asked to bring some lunch to ‘share’.  We brought sausage rolls (as did someone else!)…. I had planned on bringing a dessert too, but ran out of energy!  I knew I didn’t need to worry that there would be plenty and there was!

Sweet Treats

I can verify those heart shaped biscuits were delicious!

Then, after lunch, it was my turn to talk.  Dee from Greenside Up and myself had been joking that we would probably not have anyone attend our sessions – we clashed with the Irish Food Bloggers Association!  I made my apologies to Caroline for not attending – she promised to keep my posted, but that their hope was that bloggers would take the lead for the direction and running of IFBA.  A also volunteered to attend the IFBA session and report back.

Huge thank you to those who did attend my session.  I hope I was able to share some of the knowledge we’ve learned over the past 2 years of using Social Media to promote our business. (And big thank you to Suzanna from Zwartbles Ireland for being the photographer) 🙂

Me

Having talked for 45 minutes I took time out on the next session, before attending the Great Irish Food Fight which was the final session of the day!  Again, some interesting points raised about how we Irish classify our food, and treat the history and story of our food.  Thought provoking!

Overall Foodcamp is an opportunity to share your passion, maybe get some ideas going and it is a wonderful networking event.

We met up with old friends from last year, and put faces to people to whom we had become connected in the past 12 months via Twitter and Facebook worlds…. but now they have become ‘real’ people!

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Although this was in fact our 2nd day at Savour Kilkenny!  As usual I am doing my blog posts back to front! 🙂

We spent 2 days this past weekend in Kilkenny – Friday and Saturday!  Saturday was all about fun and food so I thought I’d share that experience first!  We had travelled on Friday as both of us were guest speakers at the Savour Kilkenny Foodcamp – but more about that later.

So on Saturday morning…. in wind and rain we travelled over to Kilkenny and linked up with my brother and his family (who had travelled from Dublin) to wander and enjoy some food.

The set up this year was slightly different to last year’s event.  The food demonstrations were being held at the Set Theatre whereas last year they had been on the Castle Parade with all the food producers there too. We arrived at about mid-day just in time for the most torrential downpour you could imagine! But we had come prepared – wellies, brollies, etc!  The rain finally passed and the sunshine for the rest of the day was terrific!

We had 3 children (12, 9 and 8 ) with us…. all of whom I would classify as junior foodies!  In between checking out the range of foods to taste, they tried to get a ‘flash mob’ going to Michael Jacksons thriller –  but only their silly aunt joined in!

The 12 year old (boy) could not wait to try the kangaroo kebabs…. his verdict “kind of like duck, but sweeter and not as chewy”!

The girls however opted for a picnic sushi lunch which was deemed really nice.

girls enjoying sushi picnic

After the picnic it was time for the girls to head to a Salt Dough Workshop at Rothe House.  So while they were busy making all sorts for the next 2 hours…. the rest of us went off for lunch to Cafe Sol.  Thank you to Mag at Goatsbridge Trout Farm for the wonderful recommendation!

Cafe Sol was busy…. absolutely no recession going on there!  We had a wonderful lunch – each one of us enjoying what we had chosen.  I opted for a Chilli Beef Wrap which was so tasty.

Chilli Beef Wrap with salad

When we were all suitably stuffed it was time to head back to do some food shopping before picking the girls up.

The boy decided he had to try the Hot Chocolate that lots of people were wandering past with and looked so delicious.

Hot Chocolate

He was very disappointed! Made with cocoa powder and water….. not impressed at all!  Looked better than it tasted!

However, we did manage to stock up with Knockdrinna cheese – 3 or 4 types including their Snow Cheese!  Lots of delicious Goatsbridge Trout and Onion Marmalade from Tastefully Yours, and the big hit of the day was the Ballyhoura Apple & Beetroot Juice!

It was soon time to go pick up the girls who had had lots of fun…..

Halloween Mask and Salt dough monster

and then it was time to head for home having had a lovely foodie day out!

More on the previous day later! 🙂

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On Friday last I was at the first ever Irish Food Camp which was held in Kilkenny as part of the Savour Kilkenny weekend.  It was terrific.

View of Kilkenny from Bridge

Eighty-five like minded people gathered to talk and share ideas about all things foodie.  There were four strands of talks running all day.  It was difficult to choose which to attend!  I totally missed Wendy Kavanagh from My Chef At Home’s talk on the next generation of farmers.  Sorry, Wendy, traffic, roadworks and all sorts conspired to delay my arrival!

Sally McKenna (Bridgestone Guides) and Donal Doherty (Harry’s Restaurant) shared their social media tips in the next session.  I finally got to meet Donal in person, having been chatting both on line and by phone for the past few months.  That was one of the most enjoyable things on Friday – finally getting to meet people I had only ‘spoke’ with online, but there were lots of people I didn’t get to talk to either.  Next time!

Then Kristin (Dinnerdujour) and Caroline (Bibliocook) launched the Irish Food Bloggers Association – what a wonderful idea.  All food bloggers of Ireland listed in one location.  Well done ladies on concieving the idea and bringing it to fruition.  So looking forward to watching developments.

Lunch was a fantastic affair.  Everyone brought a selection of things to be shared.  What a spread we had!  I particularly enjoyed the vegetarian terrine which Aoife of The Daily Spud brought.  There was a delicious noodle salad from Claire of An American in Ireland.  I also got to try some of Anthony’s (Ummera) smoked duck – yummy – and David Tiernan’s wonderful Glenbrehon cheese.

And then there was dessert! All sorts of chocolate brownies – Deirdre from The Food.ie brought one’s that included beetroot in them.  The dessert highlight for me though was getting the nod of approval from Gillian of Some Say Cocoa on my chocolate brownies with raspberries through them!  Now that’s surely a seal of approval!

After lunch there was a panel discussion which covered trends and happenings in the food industry in Ireland.  One interesting fact that stuck… did you know that Ireland produces 15% of the world’s baby food?

I finished off the day attending Philip McCabe’s discussion on Honey – the Oldest Known Medicine.  Gosh, what a talk.  I could have listened all day!  Philip had such a huge amount of information that he was willing to share.

There were so many other people that I got to meet – Joanna Schaffalitzky (Smorgasblog) [and to discover I used to work with Joanna’s Dad!] and Tom Watts with his Secret ingredient idea – brilliant!

I so enjoyed Friday that we travelled back on Saturday to attend the food fair on the Castle Plaza.  Again met lots of people; attended the cookery demo with Kevin Dundon – I think he met his match with his 5 year old assistant! 🙂

Kevin Dundon

I couldn’t write without say a huge ‘thank you’ to Mag Kirwan (Goatsbridge Farm) and the rest of the committee for organising such a wonderful event!  Take a big bow – you did really well.

And, of course, we couldn’t leave Kilkenny without visiting Shortis Wong’s.  I love that shop.  It is just such a treasure trove of goodies!

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