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Giveaway: Cocoa Atelier Afternoon Tea at The Westbury Hotel

March 14, 2012 in Competitions, Giveaways

Cocoa Atelier Afternoon Tea at The Westbury Hotel This Easter, The Westbury Hotel has teamed up with the award winning chocolatiers at Dublin’s premier artisan chocolate producers, Cocoa Atelier, to bring chocolate-addicts a chocolate eggs-perience to indulge the senses and soothe the soul.

A decadent Easter display of chocolate and seasonal blooms, specially created for the hotel by local suppliers Appassionata and Cocoa Atelier, will set the mood in the elegant surrounds of The Gallery as you enjoy The Westbury Hotel’s signature Cocoa Atelier Afternoon Tea experience. Cocoa Atelier Afternoon Tea comprises of The Westbury’s much loved traditional Afternoon Tea – a delicious selection of sweet pastries, freshly baked scones with tea-infused jam and clotted cream and finger sandwiches – all accompanied by egg-spertly crafted handmade chocolates from Cocoa Atelier.

The Cocoa Atelier Afternoon Tea costs €36 per person and is available at The Westbury Hotel from 3 to 14 April. Also available is Chocolate Heaven, an overnight stay with a chocolaty twist in The Westbury Hotel. This includes decadent Cocoa Atelier Afternoon Tea for two in The Gallery; overnight accommodation in a superior bedroom; luxurious Cocoa Atelier chocolates in room on arrival, and full Irish breakfast in Wilde – The Restaurant. The Chocolate Heaven overnight package is available to book until 12 April for stays taken between 3 and 14 April 2012.

To celebrate, we have an exclusive Easter Cocoa Atelier Chocolate Afternoon Tea for two to give away! For a chance to win, just leave a comment below telling us what hotel the Cocoa Atelier Chocolate Afternoon Tea is available in. 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 6pm on Wednesday,  21 March. Please note that the tea is only available between 3 and 14 April.

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNER: Barry Martin

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by Kristin

Giveaway: The Trinket Box

February 28, 2012 in Giveaways

Located in a quiet hideaway off a country lane in Lusk, Co. Dublin, The Trinket Box is something to treasure. Set up by Orla Walsh in December 2010, it specialises in handcrafted products. Orla sources the majority of the products nearby in an effort to support the local economy where possible with a small variety of products coming from further afield. Each handcrafted product is unique and makes for that extra special gift or treat.

In addition, Orla added a pretty coffee area to the store and serves scrumptious home-baked cakes and treats: cake, coffee AND shopping!

The Trinket Box also lends itself to a variety of craft classes and courses for both children and adults which run throughout the week, such as knitting, sewing and arts and crafts, and is fast becoming the craft hub of the town. And if all that isn’t enough,The Trinket Box runs monthly mini craft fairs in the spring and summer months and Orla invites a lot of her suppliers to come and exhibit and talk about their crafts.

Orla has a lovely apron (see above) that she’d like to give away. For a chance to win, just leave a comment below telling us what town The Trinket Box is located in. 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 Tuesday, 6 March. In the meantime, you can visit the online shop at www.thetrinketbox.ie and find something to treasure. Update: Congrats to Kat, the lucky winner of the apron!

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Win tickets to A Curious Feast for the Senses

February 21, 2012 in Giveaways

Cully & SullyIn March, New Zealand wine brand Brancott Estate will host a free four night sensory food and wine event.

A Curious Feast for the Senses runs from 5-8 March in the Sugar Club, Dublin 2 and the entire evening is designed to challenge guests’ perceptions of food and pique their curiosity.

Food duo Cully & Sully will guide guests on the culinary adventure over four nights as top Irish restaurants Pichet, Campagne, Tankardstown House and Locks Brasserie create a range of gastronomic delights to delight the senses in front of a live audience.

Guests can register for a chance to win tickets by logging onto www.brancottestatestaycurious.com, scanning the promotional QR Codes on promotional Brancott Estate bottles and by logging onto Brancott Estate Ireland Facebook page www.facebook.com/brancottestateireland.

Winning guests will be notified of attendance by 28th February and two tickets will be allocated per person.

To celebrate the Brancott Estate’s A Curious Feast for the Senses, the Irish Food Bloggers Association has a pair of tickets to give away for Wednesday 7 March! For a chance to win, just leave a comment below. 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 Monday, 27 February. Good luck!

This competition is now closed. Congratulations to Daithí!

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by Kristin

Giveaway: Keogh's Crisps Hamper

November 29, 2011 in Giveaways

Keogh”s, the entrepreneurial Irish farmers who have been growing potatoes in north County Dublin for over 200 years, today announced their newest venture at the launch of Keogh”s hand cooked Irish potato crisps. Keogh”s are the only “on-farm” producers of hand cooked potato crisps in Ireland, having recently set up a small crisping house on their farm, hand cooking crisps in small batches and turning them from crop to crisp on the same day.

Keogh”s have carefully selected several Irish food producers to create three distinct but uniquely Irish flavours for their hand-cooked crisps, which will be distributed through Superquinn, Donnybrook Fair and a range of independent retailers nationwide from this week.

  • Keogh”s Roast Beef and Dungarvan Irish Stout Crisps have been created with Irish stout supplied by Dungarvan Brewing Company who use artisan methods with all brewing and bottling done on-site in their brewery in Co. Waterford ensuring that they can oversee production from grain to finished bottle.
  • Keogh”s Dubliner Irish Cheese & Onion Crisps boast the distinct and mature cheese flavour of Dubliner Irish Cheese pulling on a lifetime of heritage cheese making.
  • Keogh”s Atlantic Sea Salt & Lewellyn”s Irish Cider Vinegar Crisps incorporate David Llewellyn”s Irish Orchard Produce from his small-holding in North County Dublin, near the Keogh”s Farm, where he grows a range of fruits and produces, a selection of premium natural products from these fruits including his award-winning cider vinegar.

The Keogh family has been farming in north County Dublin for a long time and they are passionate about their business and passionate about genuine Irish food. The idea for Keogh”s hand-cooked Irish crisp range came about as they looked into expanding their product offering based on the popularity of their potatoes. Believe it or not they are the only potato growers in the world who offer fresh potatoes and potato crisps from the same farm Our Live online mobile casino offers realistic online mobile casino action at the touch of a screen, featuring dealers, real tables and real winnings. side by side in the same store. They were determined to work with Irish food producers like themselves to create a distinctly Irish range of crisps that are hand-cooked on the farm and they are delighted to have the support of Superquinn, Donnybrook Fair and a range of independent retailers around the country.

Keogh”s are also the first to launch the unique Spud Nav through which the consumer can trace their bag of crisps back to the field it came from, by entering the field name – which is printed on each bag into the Spud Nav page on the Keoghs website, www.keoghs.ie. To find out more about Keogh”s hand cooked crisps, visit www.keoghs.ie, follow them on Twitter or like them on Facebook.

Thanks to Keogh”s, we’ve got two hampers of crisps to give away (3 x crisp canisters and 2 x large packs of crisps)! For a chance to win, just leave a comment below. One entry per person please – multiple entries will be disqualified. The winners will be randomly chosen and notified by email. The competition will close at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, 6 December. Good luck!

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS:

Rosanne
Bill Gunter

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by Kristin

Giveaway: Ireland for Food Lovers App

November 23, 2011 in Giveaways

Following on from the success of the printed version of Ireland for Food Lovers, food tourism in Ireland enters an exciting new phase with this new app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch and a dedicated ebook, the very first in the mobile digital arena to offer a complete user guide to finding and buying the best Irish foods – and how to enjoy them at their best, both when eating out and at home.

Of equal interest to Irish residents and visitors, Ireland for Food Lovers introduces readers to the many producers, farmers markets, food shops and places to eat, stay (and cook) that make up Ireland’s food culture and gives a selection of favourite recipes showcasing Irish produce that are practical to cook, beautiful to look at and delicious to eat.

Ireland for Food Lovers is the culmination of knowledge gained over many enjoyable years of travelling around every county in Ireland and brings together the information that food lovers currently have to glean from multiple sources. Making it accessible to the reader as an app and ebook allows them to embark on a culinary adventure through this beautiful country whenever they like, whether that is when searching for a local farmers market or undertaking a serious foodie trip around the country.

Key areas on the app and ebook:

- Where to Buy: Features food shops, farm shops, farmers markets and food festivals all around the country

- Food Related Regional & County Introductions: Learn about the food and producers of each region and county in Ireland

- Search for what’s “Around Here”: For the foodie or search by traditional search engine

- The Producers: Introduces readers to the finest artisan & local producers on the island of Ireland

- Eat & Stay: Discover places to eat out and stay where the best of Irish produce can be enjoyed

- Learn to Cook: Features cookery schools offering courses based on Irish food traditions and local produce, often including visits to artisan producers

- In Season: What’s In Season in Ireland – Fruit & Veg; Fish & Shellfish; Game – given month by month

- Recipes: Enjoy a selection of relevant Recipes that are clearly described for home cooks to make with confidence

- Full mapping & routes functionality, email contact, links to websites, addresses & phone numbers and introductory text

- Buy Online: Details given of shops/websites that can supply Irish produce by mail order

- Coming Soon – A-Z of Irish Food: A comprehensive guide to Irish food

Thanks to Georgina Campbell’s Ireland, we’ve got 5 apps to give away! For a chance to win, just leave a comment below. One entry per person please – multiple entries will be disqualified. The winners will be randomly chosen and notified by email. The competition will close at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, 30 November. Good luck!

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS:

Bill King
Marian Hearne
Norbert Thul
Astrid
Daily Spud

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Giveaway: A Taste of Cork by Sean Monaghan

November 21, 2011 in Giveaways

A Taste of Cork by Sean MonaghanA Taste of Cork, by photographer Sean Monaghan, takes the reader on a voyage around a stunning county on the very edge of Europe. Cork’s rich and diverse landscape is renowned, but in this book Sean presents it in a new light, combining the spectacular vistas with the world of the artisan gourmet food producers who are so much a part of the culture.

Sean describes the motivations and method behind his photographs as well as recounting the anecdotes and individual stories of the people, giving a unique flavour of the county from Kanturk Castle and McCarthy’s artisanal butchers in the North, to Crookhaven and Durrus cheese in the west.

A Taste of Cork is an outstanding new book for foodies on holiday who want to get a real feel for Cork’s gourmet food and landscape – and Blarney Castle isn’t mentioned even once!

The book is for sale here and, to whet your appetite, take a look at this video:


Thanks to The History Press, we have a copy of A Taste of Cork to give away. For a chance to win, just leave a comment below. The prize 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 Monday, 28 November.

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNER:

Geraldine

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by Kristin

Giveaway: Tweet Treats by Jane Travers

November 14, 2011 in Giveaways

Tweet Treats is a recipe book with a difference – all recipes are made up of 140 characters, the same number as a tweet. The shortest, sweetest, simplest recipes imaginable!

Conceived on Twitter, this nifty cookbook is a collaborative project, jam-packed with recipes tweeted by people from all over the world, including celebrities – authors, journalists, musicians and TV personalities. There’s Rachel Allen, Paula Abdul, Sarah Brown, Ryan Tubridy, Dara O’Briain, The Script, Alan Carr, Keith Barry, Graham Linehan, Neil Gaiman and many more. It’s ideal for food lovers who are short on time.

Tweet Treats contains some great cooking tips from leading chef Marco Pierre White. There are brilliant breakfasts, dinners, snacks and party food, budget treats and vegetarian dishes. It’s the perfect book for the tweeting cook! And what’s more, all royalties from Tweet Treats go to Medecins sans Frontieres.

Thanks to O’Brien Press, we have 5 copies of Tweet Treats up for grabs! For a chance to win, just leave a comment below. The prize 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 Monday, 21 November. But even if you’re not one of the lucky winners, this would make a nice stocking stuffer this Christmas, priced at only €7.99.

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS:

Joanna Schaff
Zack Gallagher
Lisa Duffy
Fiona Dillon
Kimberley

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by Kristin

Giveaway: An Irish Butcher Shop by Pat Whelan

November 11, 2011 in Giveaways

For generations now, James Whelan Butchers have been making a real commitment to taste and excellence, hoping to help you add a bit of magic to every mealtime. This was the inspiration for Pat Whelan”s first book, An Irish Butcher Shop. Tradition and innovation go hand in hand in Tipperary, where the value of tradition – and especially traditional farming, as in grass-fed cattle – is respected, but the importance of a forward-looking outlook is equally well understood. Pat passionately believes that natural food is an investment in your future health and well-being.

Thanks to Pat Whelan, we’ve got 3 copies of An Irish Butcher Shop to give away! For a chance to win, just leave a comment below. The prize 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 Friday, 18 November. But if you’re not one of the lucky winners, the book is available through the for €25.00 and if you include the code STEAKS at checkout, you can get free shipping too. In the meantime, here”s a recipe for Pork Filo Pie from the book.

Pork Filo Pie

Filo pastry is easy to use and readily available. Because of the nature of the sheets of pastry care must be taken to make sure that they are kept whole.

Serves 6

500 g/1 lb lean pork mince
1 pork steak/fillet, minced in a food processor
1 egg, beaten
1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup parsley, finely chopped
1/2 cup fresh coriander, finely chopped
2 tablespoons mint, finely chopped
1 teaspoon dried chilli (optional)
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
salt and pepper
finely grated zest of a lemon
10 tablespoons melted butter or olive oil
10 sheets filo pastry

Preheat the oven to 220°C/425°F/gas mark 7.

Place all the ingredients, except the pastry and butter or oil, into a large bowl and mix well. Lightly brush a baking dish with butter or oil and carefully peel a layer of the filo pastry. Lay one sheet at a time in the dish, leaving some pastry hanging over the edge. Brush each sheet with the melted butter or oil, repeating the process until 5 sheets have been used. Spoon in the pork mixture and lay the remaining sheets on top, brushing each with butter or oil. Glaze the top with any remaining butter or oil and ensure that the pie is sealed at the edges. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes. This is particularly good served with potato salad and a mix of green salad leaves.

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS:
Wholesome Cook
Niamh O Connor
Noreen Clifford

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