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Revealed! Inishfood 2012 line up

April 27, 2012 in Events, Irish Food Festivals

Inishfood - a new kind of Irish food festival with skills sharing, sourdough, #NoMenu Feast and Féile Grianán ÁilighYou might have been there last year and tried your hand at curing your own pork. You might have followed the Twitter feed and wondered why people were enthusing about Bacon VodkaAlmond and Candied Bacon Bark or raw milk butter. Or you just might have read about it afterwards, drooled over photos, and cursed the fact that you missed out.

You have no excuse this year.

Inishfood – The Line Up – 18th-20th May 2012

Donal of Harry’s, Bridgend, Inishowen, Co Donegal is thrilled to present the Inishfood 2012 festival.

All Access tickets are available to book now.
Individual Daytime tickets for Saturday or Sunday and for Saturday night’s #Nomenu are available from 4th May.

Friday 18 May: Informal Gathering & Welcoming
Venue: Drift Inn, Buncrana, Inishowen 8pm
Darren Bradley’s wood fired Inishpizzas and Irish craft beers with the L.Mulligan Grocer crew & pots of food until late

Pay As You Please – proceeds go to Crumlin Children’s Hospital and The Bubble Foundation
Please inform us at or @inishfood if you are coming.

Saturday 19 May: Skills Sharing Sessions (NOTE – TIMES MAY CHANGE SLGHTLY ON THE DAY)
Venue: Harry’s, Bridgend, Inishowen, Co.Donegal
9.30am – The morning coffee sessions – Karl Purdy (Coffee Angel) & Ross Kane (Bailies Coffee)
10.15am – Official Welcome
10.30am – Real Sourdough Making – Thibault Peigne (session will continue a diff stages during the day to follow the #realsourdough making and begin a real bread campaign!)
11.15am – Ed Hick – Exploring Food Senses

12.45 – Lunch Bell & Mingle

1.45pm Back to the Real Sourdough Bread
2.30pm – For Food Sake “The Future of Irish Fish” Talk, Touch & Tastings
3.45pm – 10mins of fame – Your opportunity to share your new skills / passion
5.00pm – Twisted Irish Cocktails – Hayden Lambert (Merchant Hotel) & Oisin Davis (Sugar Club) – Demo & Tastings using Irish Ingredients

All-Day Saturday Sessions Pass includes lunch, tastings & cocktail – €20

Saturday 19 May: #NoMenu Feast at Harry’s Restaurant
8pm – #NoMenu by Raymond Moran, Harry’s, and craft beer matching by Caroline Hennessy, Bibliocook

Bookings €45 includes arrival cocktail, matching beers & entertainment

Sunday 20 May: Inishowen Land, Shore, Sea & Culture day
10.30am Meeting – Car Park, An Grianan Hotel, Burt, Inishowen, N13)
10.45am – “Going Native” on Farm, with Ella McSweeney (RTE Broadcaster). Meet the traditional & rare-breeds including tasting different breeds session. Beside Hotel Car Park. (Session logistics assisted by the Clonmany Agricultural Show).

12.noon – Lough Swilly Shore Forage – Sally McKenna (Bridgestone Guides), Manus Mc Gonagle (Quality Sea Veg) and Enda McEvoy (Aniar Restaurant) (short drive leaving An Grianan Hotel)

2pm – Harrys Walled Garden pick & taste walk through with Dermot Carey (Harrys) & Trevor Sargent (Trevors Kitchen Garden). Meeting point at An Grianan Hotel Car Park.

3pm – Féile Grianán Áiligh – An Grianan Fort, Burt. Ancient Beer Brewing by Declan Moore (Moore Group), Ancient Celtic Celebration of Crafts, Celtic Games, Celtic Lifestyle Demonstrations and Cultural & Musical Carnival. A spectacular new event.

Sunday Sessions – €15 Includes Féile Grianán Áiligh Access & All Tastings
Note: Féile Grianán Áiligh is also a standalone event. Advance ticketed Park & Ride access €5 from 12.30-3pm or 3.30- 5.30pm.

All Access Tickets – Saturday & Sunday Daytime Sessions inc Sat Night #NoMenu feast with matching beers & Féile Grianán Áiligh €75

BOOKING: DM on Twitter to @Inishfood to book or email


  • Lake of Shadows Hotel, Buncrana, 1 night B&B, €35pps, 2 nights B&B €65pps phone (074) 9361005 to book
  • Special Rates @ An Grianan Hotel, Burt (email for details)
  • Whiteoaks Organic Gardens have a small Inishfood village of 5 new houses with rooms to rent at €50pp for 2 nights sharing (2 dbl bedrooms & 1 single in each house). €70pp for 3 nights. Includes continental breakfast in own kitchen. Email to book or DM @inishfood
  • Redcastle Hotel, 1 night B&B €59pps, 2 nights B&B inc 1 evening meal €145pps phone (074) 9385444 to book.
  • The Red Door ( €€65pps B&B for Sat & Sun nights or €€150pps for 2 nights B&B including dInner Sunday night.

7.30pm Harry’s, Bridgend, Inishowen, Donegal Chefs Homecoming Feast, featuring:
Kwanghi Chan (Cliff House Hotel)
Gary O Hanlon (Viewmount House)
Stephen Gibson (Pichet)
Derek Creagh (Finnebrogue)
Sharon Harkin (L’Ecrivian)

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For Food’s Sake – An Evening of Food Talk and Tastings

March 22, 2011 in Events

For Food's SakeFor all those at and inspired by the Inishfood event – and anyone who wasn’t able to make it – For Food’s Sake, a bi-monthly evening of food discussion and tastings should be right up your street.

It all kicks off in Dublin’s Sugar Club (very appropriate venue for a food event!) on Thursday 31 March, looking at the positive opportunities and challenges facing Irish producers.

Aoife Carrigy, food journalist, blogger and former deputy editor of Food & Wine Magazine, will be chairing the discussion.

The panellists are Graham Roberts of Connemara Smokehouse; Suzanne Campbell, journalist and co-author of Basket Case; the Irish Farmers’ Association’s General Secretary  Pat Smith, General Secretary and Una Fitzgibbon, Director of Marketing Services at Bord Bia.

Follow-up events will take place on the last Thursdays of May, July and every two months after that. Each evening will feature different artisan producer tastings, different topics and a different panel.

Check out their Facebook page to keep updated. Press release below.

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by Kristin

Inishfood round-up

March 18, 2011 in IFBA Events

Inishfood might be over, but these blog posts and photos have captured it. Have you blogged about or posted photos of Inishfood? Let us know at and we’ll add it to the list!

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by Kristin

Inishfood: A Few Words from Trish Deseine

March 16, 2011 in IFBA Events, News

Trish Deseine is a household name to Irish foodies, but for anyone requiring an introduction, Trish, born in Belfast, is a bestselling author in France and has presented two TV programmes for RTÉ, Trish’s Mediterranean Kitchen and Trish’s Paris Kitchen. So imagine our surprise and delight when Trish got in touch with us to say she’d been following the #inishfood hype on Twitter and was trying to make it over from Paris to Donegal for the weekend.

Unfortunately, in the end it didn’t work out, but she sent this heartfelt note to Donal Doherty at Harrys Restaurant, which he read out at the start of the day. We’d like to share her words with all of you.


A big bonjour from Paris to all you lucky food lovers. Forgive the ranting tone but I’ve had about 4 espressos already.

I’ve watched this event grow and grow over the past few weeks infected by the drive and enthusiasm of Donal, Caroline, Kristin and Imen and, terribly homesick, would so very much have liked to join you all.

Trends and movements are the fodder of my work, my books, my recipes for ELLE and the work I do for my partners and sponsors.

It struck me, when looking at the programme here, how on trend, in worldwide terms, were the activities and themes of the festival. All over the world localism, sustainability, foraging, better pizza and coffee making, home buttermaking, pork curing are going on, relayed and explained through the most up-to-date publications, intellectualised by the world’s most influential food, political and economical writers. Read by a mostly urbane, middle class elite.

I’m not criticising this, it is part of the reality of evolving public opinion, but from where I sit in Paris, food capital of the world – and I mean ALL food, from the most humble markets to the 3 star restaurants – it seemed to me that at Inishfood, these are a natural reality, not just elitist whims or experiments.

The uniqueness of all this happening naturally in Ireland’s countryside, in its fabulous terroir, is plain to see and very, very exciting.

For the Irish terroir, population and rural way of life mean that these activities and attitudes can be embraced so easily and so quickly. That their relevance and use to people NOT like us – ie not obsessing 24/7 about food and restaurants! – can be easily understood and put into practice in a country where economically also, they immediately find their value.

I guess what I wanted to say most, and perhaps this does not need repeating at all, is PLEASE believe in just how unique Ireland is, in terms of quality of food, produce and the people who make and sell it. In these areas we really can be proud and stand up there amongst the best in world.

However, we must do things our own way. I heard recently about how “Ireland was the new France”. This is seems to me to be the wrong road to take. I find it a little defensive and reductive.

We do not have to compare ourselves to anyone.

We need to identify clearly and simply and celebrate what it is that makes us *us*. Hang on to it fiercely and brand it confidently again, using existing avenues, of course; but also all the fantastic new technologies and global online networks now open to us.

Congrats to Donal, the Irish Food Bloggers Association and all involved in the planning of Inishfood. Have a fabulous, greedy time, you lucky people!

Much love

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InishFood Charity Raffle: online winners

March 14, 2011 in IFBA Events

Many thanks once again to everyone who donated the amazing prizes for the InishFood raffle and to all those who bought tickets. With the online raffle alone, we raised €755 for Barnardos. Congratulations to all the winners!

  • Carol Anne’s Kitchen – The Little Coffee House voucher
  • Clare Kleinedler – China Sichuan voucher
  • Dudara – Greenside Up voucher
  • A Food Lover – Cafe Novo voucher
  • Nessa Robbins – Bombay Pantry voucher
  • Sheila Keily – La Cucina voucher

And the winner of the fabulous artisan Irish food hamper is Kevin Lydon!

We will be in contact about getting the prizes to you or you can send us an email at .

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Inishfood Charity Raffle

March 4, 2011 in IFBA Events

We’ve already got a stellar line-up for the Inishfood weekend of 11-13 March, but Donal, Caroline and Kristin were wondering if we could make it even more special. That’s when we hit on the idea of organising a raffle for hampers full of fabulous Irish food, restaurant vouchers, cookbooks and other fantastic prizes, with 100% of the proceeds going to charity (we’ve chosen Barnardos).

Due to the high level of interest, we’ll be running three separate raffles: one for the attendees at the event itself, one for the non-attendees who donate online and one for everyone. For the lucky people going to the Inishfood event itself, you can buy your tickets on the night. But even if you can’t be there, you can still be a part of Inishfood by buying raffle tickets online! We’ll be raffling a selection of prizes specifically for the non-attendees who donate via THIS LINK on the Barnardos website (please note that you must donate via this link only for your donation to be counted towards the raffle). Tickets are €5 each. And remember - this online option is for the people who can’t make it to the event itself and delivery is limited to residents of Ireland (including Northern Ireland). Closer to the event, we’ll announce the prizes that will be raffled off in the three raffles, but they’ll be chosen from the list below.

Everyone wins – donors will get a chance to put their product in front of some of Ireland’s top foodies and food bloggers, Barnardos will get a donation towards their valuable work and some very lucky people will go home with some amazing prizes.

If you’re a food producer, cookbook publisher, restaurant or café or other food business and would like to donate something to be included in the raffle at what’s been described by the Bridgestone Guides as ‘THE foodie event of the year’, then email us at for more details.

Thank you to the following donors for their generous contributions:

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Foodies on Tour: Harry’s Bar & Restaurant, 12 March 2011 – updated 2 March

March 2, 2011 in IFBA Events

Who”s ready for another foodies on tour adventure? Working together with the inspiring Donal Doherty at Harry”s Bar & Restaurant, we”ve planned a food-filled, hands-on weekend on 11-13 March in Inishowen, Co. Donegal.

Starting on Friday, 11 March, we”ll be having a get-together at Linsfort Castle B&B from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Darren Bradley is offering to make a sample of pizzas in his wood-fired pizza oven (check out the photo sequence of the oven being built on Darren”s blog) and Donal Doherty will be providing food as well. Seaneen and Collin from L. Mulligan. Grocer will also be conducting a beer tasting, but since this is just a taste, it”s BYOB on Friday. Space is limited, so booking is essential! An hour of Rambling House storytelling and music will then take place from 9 to 10 p.m.

Saturday, 12 March is going to be a busy, hands-on day! The fee for the day will be €40, which will cover lunch and the Taste of Inishowen dinner (drinks will be extra). Donal will be donating €10 from this fee to iCARE, the local autism charity; any extra donations would be welcome.

9.45 Coffee Angel and Bailie”s Hand Roasted Coffee will demonstrate how to correctly brew coffee at home. Feel free to bring something to share with coffee.
10.30 Intro and welcome by Donal Doherty of Harry”s Bar & Restaurant and Caroline Hennessy and Kristin Jensen from the IFBA
10.45 – 12.00 Masterclass with butchers Ed Hick, TJ Crowe and Jack McCarthy making fresh black pudding – bring an apron! (hands-on participants for this will be limited)
12 – 12.45 Imen McDonnell will be demonstrating modern farmhouse butter making
12.45 – 1.15 A light lunch
1.15 – 1.45 David Tiernan will talk about how he started making his amazing Glebe Brethan cheese and will provide samples (maybe even some of his famous raw milk!)
1.45 – 3.00 Ed Hick, TJ Crowe and JackMcCarthy will show us how to cure pork (the Quality Mark pork has been kindly sponsored by Bord Bia!). Participants for this will be limited to 16 and you”ll need to bring a 2 litre container with a lid that you won”t need to use for 5 weeks while your pork cures in it!
3.00 – 4.00 Inishfood think tank and chat – an informal discussion on what we can do for Irish food to promote it and send a common message.
4.00 – 4.45 A visit to Harry”s new walled garden project and a talk with GIY Ireland about The Pledge. Gareth Austin, BBC Radio Horticulturist, will also be on hand with practical DIY help as part of GIY Week
5.00 – 7.00 Break for everyone to freshen up for dinner
7.00 A Taste of Inishowen feast at Harry”s, all made from local produce
9:00 We”ll be raffling off hampers and gift bags full of amazing Irish food as well as other incredible prizes, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Barnardos charity (you can see the list of prizes here). In addition, Georgina Campbell has generously donated a copy of her book, Ireland for Food Lovers, for everyone in attendance at Inishfood!

On Sunday, 13 March, you have two options. How about a stunning coastal walk at Malin Head, a boat ride around the Garvan Isles and a fresh seafood lunch with the port it was landed in view? Full details are available here. If you”re interested, email . The boat ride will be done on a first come, first served basis and is free, as is the walk. The splendid €10 seafood lunch at the Seaview Tavern would be worth the trip alone! The 2-hour walk will start at 10 a.m. (bring proper clothing and sturdy boots!), followed by the boat ride and lunch. You should be back on the road by 2 p.m. or so.

If you don”t have the time for that adventure though, Donal Doherty will lead a 1-hour shore walk on Lough Swilly, weather permitting, so we can all take in the beautiful countryside around Inishowen.

As for accommodation, Donal has personally recommend Linsfort Castle B&B (25 minutes from Harry”s; listed as one of the 100 best places to stay in Ireland in the Bridgestone Guide) and the Westbrook House B&B (15 minutes from Harry”s). Both B&Bs are offering a rate of €30 per person per night for 2 nights, or €35 per person if only staying on Saturday night only. Be sure to quote Harry”s when booking either B&B. If you”d prefer to stay in a hotel, the An Grianán Hotel is only 2 miles from Harry”s and they are offering a special reduced rate of €65 per night for single occupancy and twin/double rooms for €99 per night. The hotel must be booked through Donal () to avail of this reduced rate. There”s a wedding in the hotel that night, so book quickly if you”re interested in this option. The Linsfort Castle B&B, Westbrook House and An Grianán Hotel are now fully booked. Accommodation is also available at the Lake of Shadows Hotel and Caldra B&Bbe sure to quote Harrys when making your booking to avail of the special rate of €35 per person per night. The Red Door country house is also offering a special rate of €120 per room for 1 night and €200 for 2 nights – to book, call Frances on 074 936 0289 and mention the IFBA event.

If you have a smart phone, John Ward has created an app just for the Inishfood weekend – you can check it out here.

If you”d like to take part in what”s sure to be an unforgettable weekend and what the Bridgestone Guides have called the foodie event of the year, drop us a line at and be sure to join the group on the IFBA website.

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