Slow Food Grandmothers’ Day at Sandbrook House with Darina Allen
April 11, 2012 in Events
Sunday 22 April is Slow Food Grandmothers’ Day at Sandbrook House, giving families the opportunity to spend time together dedicated to remembering and recording lost skills, and the precious inherited wisdom passed down by previous generations.
Food producers, chefs, farmers and artisans will come together to celebrate good, clean and fair food, the Slow Food way, with almost 30 different exhibitors, terrific treats to sample, interesting stories to hear, talents to admire and skills to watch and learn.
Grandmothers’ Day at Sandbrook will be opened by Ballymaloe’s Darina Allen, Slow Food pioneer and President of Slow Food Ireland, who will give the keynote speech at 12 midday and will later do a cookery demonstration of some of her most cherished almost forgotten skills.
Demonstrations and experiences will include butter, cheese, sausage and chocolate making, chicken keeping, wild food foraging, lace making, willow weaving, bee keeping, candle making, and throwing pottery, as well as a selection of food-focused skills. There will also be a café stall and a bustling farmer’s market, showcasing finest local, traditional and handmade produce including, organic meats, farmhouse cheeses, vegetables and salads, handmade pasta, artisan breads, wood fired pizzas, local honey and chocolate truffles.
Grandmothers are invited to bring along their own favourite recipes that they would like to pass onto their grandchildren for Slow Food to compile a special recipe scrapbook.
As well as new (old) skills to appreciate, Grandmothers’ Day has other fun things to do for children of all ages, from face painting to arts & crafts competitions, a petting zoo and a games area.
Spend a relaxed Sunday afternoon in the grounds of handsome period country home Sandbrook House in Carlow, this elegant and welcoming home owned by the Bielenberg family, who settled in Carlow in 1948 after World War II.
With family fun, fabulous food and a little easy learning along the way, Slow Food Grandmothers’ Day at Sandbrook runs from 11am to 6pm on Sunday 22 April. Admission is €15 with free entry to all children with one adult, free car parking and free entry to all workshops and demos on a first come, first served basis.