Irish Farmhouse Cheese and Craft Beer Weekend: Hamper Giveaway
October 19, 2012 in Events
The Farmhouse Cheese & Craft Beer Weekend is back! Join in the celebrations taking place 25th – 29th October, with nearly 30 planned events taking place nationwide. Supported by Bord Bia, the events, ranging from cheese and beer tastings and pairings to talks and demonstrations, will take place in breweries, restaurants, gastropubs, off-licences, farms and farmers’ markets around the country.
The Farmhouse Cheese and Craft Beer Weekend is in an effort to prove that craft beer (not just wine!) is an excellent accompaniment to cheese. Through the events, Bord Bia aims to raise awareness of the breadth of Irish farmhouse cheeses and craft beers amongst consumers. According to Eimear O’Donnell, Consumer Dairy Sector Manager, Bord Bia, “This celebratory weekend gives consumers a unique opportunity to get to know these acclaimed speciality categories and their local suppliers. There is a wonderful range of farmhouse cheese and craft beer being produced in Ireland and we now have an occasion to celebrate and enjoy some of our best produce.”
Both artisan crafts are not just about the flavour but also the people, personalities, places and stories behind them. At present in Ireland, there are approximately 50 farmhouse cheese makers producing over 140 varieties of cheese and 15 craft brewers making upwards of 60 different beers, stouts and ales as well as special and seasonal brews. Eleven of the craft brewers have been new startup businesses in the past four years and the industry expects several new entrants in the coming years.
Cathryn Hargan, Bord Bia’s Alcoholic Beverages Sector Manager commented on the rising popularity of the craft beer sector. “Craft beer and cider are flourishing in Ireland at present and consumer demand has never been higher. Growth is due to the increased localised availability. The industry is very positive about the future and believes that Ireland will follow the US and UK markets in terms of craft beer trends, where there has been huge growth and interest in the sector.”
For full details of events taking place during the Farmhouse Cheese and Craft Beer Weekend and for a range of pairing suggestions, visit www.bordbia.ie/cheeseandbeerweekend.
And now for the best bit! For a chance to win a hamper of Irish farmhouse cheese and craft beer, just leave a comment with the answer to this question:
What is to accompany cheese over the October bank holiday weekend?
B. Craft beer
You must be over 18 to enter. Note that the hamper can only be shipped to an Irish address. One entry per person please – multiple entries will be disqualified. One winner will be randomly chosen and notified by email. The competition will close at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, 24 October at 6:00 p.m. UPDATE: The lucky winner is Ethna! Good luck, and be sure to check out www.bordbia.ie/cheeseandbeerweekend!