Monday, 29 November 2010

International Terra Madre Day

*Terra Madre Day
A worldwide slow-food event celebrating locally produced food that tastes good, is produced without harming the environment – and in ways which take issues of social justice into consideration.


Terra Madre Day Celebration*

St Mary’s College
St Mary’s Road, Galway
Sunday 12th December, 12.30pm

What’s Happening?

Learn how to prepare Traditional Irish Spiced Beef
for our January Winter Feast - details to follow!

Candied Peel Demonstration, Italian-style
with Geraldina Marcelli

Slow Food Galway AGM


Please bring a Christmas themed dish for lunch
(Contact Kate on 087-9312333 with details of what you’re bringing)

€5 members / €10 non-members

Please RSVP by Friday, 10th December:
Kate  087-9312333
Deirdre  087-6484147

Terra Madre Turin 2010

Eleven Slow Food Galway members headed for 4th International Terra Madre Gathering in Turin.  The event runs from Thursday till Monday 21st to 25th October and is held every two years.  It is a chance for Slow Food members from all parts of the world to meet and exchange ideas and talk about growing/farming and producing experiences in their native countries.  You will find more information on Terra Madre in the current edition of Organic Matters magazine.  

The Galway delegation included leader Kate O Dwyer, Colm O Dwyer, Mary Ryan, Noreen Oliver, Cait Curran, Maire Ni Thuathaill, Muriel Nolan, Barbara Buckley, Cobie den Heyer and Dolores Keegan

Mairin Ui Chomain one of Galway's representatives was also Flag Bearer for Ireland.  On the Friday she also had the daunting task of being filmed while talking about the "Cladach" in her native Connemara.

It was a very busy few days with  long hours viewing the food stands in the Salone del Gusto and late nights wining and dining in the local restaurants. 

 We met up some of the other Irish delegates and we went out with a large group made up with 22 Irish. Hello to our fellow slow foodies JJ Healy and his gang  and Isobel Fletcher and her crew.Yes it was noisy at the table that night. 

We then travelled to Pistoia, Tuscany to visit some food producers based in Pistoia and also nearby Florence. We would like to thank Niamh O'Dwyer our local contact and our tour guide and interpreter Michela Ricciarelli  for looking after us so well for the 4 days we spent with them.   On the Monday we drove out to a local nursery Vivai Signori to look at all the plants and fruit trees.  Pistoia is world famous for its plants and shrubs as well as the distinct Tuscan Cypresses. Nurseries are big business here. Plants from here are regularly imported into Ireland and a few of us availed of the oppertunity to purchase some shrubs which will be transported by truck to Ireland soon.

Next door we had the pleasure of visiting a recently renovated farmhouse where we tasted their award winning olive oil made on the farm. This was nicely accompanied by a glass of Prosecco and we were happy despite the downpour outside. This beautiful house is soon to open as an agriturismo, similar to farmhouse B&B here.

A typical Tuscan lunch followed in another local agritourismo where they produce organic wine and olive oil. What a life!  In case you were wondering we spent nearly all our time in Italy eating and drinking. 

We also toured the vineyard and the wine-making facilities.

Mushroom Hunt Report

 Sunday10th October we travelled again this year to Petersburg Outdoor Adventure Centre to search for wild mushrooms.  There was a much more managable crowd for our expert Louis Smith,  around 35 members with a number of prams and children.

The weather was ideal, it was dry which made it much easier to beat our way through the trees and
search off the paths in Clonbur Woods.

 Louis gave an extensive Power Point presentation before we set off so we had some clue what we were looking for.

We spent about 2 hours wandering around the beautiful woods and managed to find eight edible species and lots more of the non edible and poisonous varities.

We had the help also of Louis's trusty companions and fellow mushroom foragers Michael, Robert and convivium member Barbara.

 On return to the centre we fried up everything edible including Hedgehog Mushrooms, Amethsyth Deceivers, Brown Deceivers and Brown Bolete to accompany our picnic.

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Portumna Forest Picnic

Portumna Forest Picnic - A Real Treat in the Woods
The 2010 Portumna Forest Picnic took place on Sunday 12th September in Portumna. The event, which marked the start of National Organic Week, celebrated all that was good about Irish Organic Food production and was officially opened by Minister Ciaran Cuffe TD. The sun illuminated the spectacular setting which was the perfect location to host such a great day out. The large crowd was spellbound on the day with the range of activities and events from enchanting storytelling, informative nature walks, organic production talks and cycling trails for the more adventurous!

However as with every good picnic the main focus of the day was the food. Some tough choices had to be made when it came to choosing where to lunch, would it be a delicious organic burger from the award winning Organic Kitchen or a sumptuous organic food plate from the Slow Food tent? There was plenty of organic food to take home and savour if you simply could not eat any more in the form of delicious smoked salmon, award winning cheeses and tasty bread. A range of fresh vegetables in season were also on offer highlighting the diverse range of fresh produce available in Ireland at the moment.

Event organisers ICSA, IOFGA and Slow Food Galway were delighted with the turn out on the day. "It was a pleasure to be able to showcase so many high quality organic producers in one place emphasising the achievements of the organic sector and the range of organic goods that can be produced in Ireland" said event organiser and ICSA researcher, Gillian Westbrook.

Slow Food Galway would like to thank all their sponsors who donated food for the day including

Tony Garahy Lough Boora Farm Josef Finke Ballybrado Ltd Sinead Courtney Athenry Organics Denise Gleeson Blake's Organic Chocolate Kenneth Keavey Green Earth Organics Declan Droney Kinvara Smoked Salmon Jorg  Muller Solaris Tea Layla  O Brien Coolfin Gardens Emma  Walls Glenisk Ltd Ralph  Haslam Mossfield Organic Farm Cait  Carmody Beal Lodge Organic Farm Don  Browne Sowan's Organic Ltd Patricia Farrell Wilde's Irish Chocolate Paddy Mulligan GEM Pack Foods Richard Wilkins Independent Irish Health Foods Ltd Talty  Family Spanish Point Sea Vegetables Graham Roberts Connemara Smokehouse
Click here for more pictures 

Sunday, 29 August 2010

Portumna Forest Picnic :: Sunday 12 Sept :: 12-4

Slow Food Galway will be serving fresh pizza from our new clay oven. Also serving food made by members with local organic produce.

Monday, 9 August 2010

Killeen Farmhouse Cheese Visit and Slow Food BBQ - Sun 15th August

Killeen Farmhouse Cheese Visit and Summer Slow Food BBQ - Sunday 15th August

Our August slow-food event is a visit to Killeen Farmhouse Cheese. Killeen is a handmade pasteurised cheese, made using traditional animal rennet. Based on a Gouda recipe, it is available in goat and cow’s milk varieties. Our visit will include a demonstration of the cheese-making process and a visit to the goats from which the cheese is made!

After the Killeen visit, we are adjourning to food producer, and Slow Food Galway member, Cobie Den Heyer’s home for our Summer BBQ. The highlight of which will be a barbecued kid goat.

Cobie will also give a mackerel smoking demonstration – something she promises anyone can do at their own home.

Members are asked to bring a small! side dish and also, if possible, a folding chair or stool.

Killeen Farmhouse Cheese Visit
Killeen Millhouse,
Co. Galway

Sunday 15th August, 12 Noon

€5 members / €10 non-members


RSVP Deirdre at 087-6484147 or Kate at 087-9312333
by Friday 13th of August

Directions from Portumna
Four miles from Portumna (on the R352), you first cross a little bridge, and 200 yards further you come to a 'cross' with an island and a signpost on it.

The mainroad veers to the left, you take the smaller road that goes straight ahead towards Gort. You will pass a white house on the left hand side, a little further there is a gravel roadway to the left (with young trees beside it).

That's it. It is a big shed with red windows in the front of it.

View Ballyshrule in a larger map

Slow Food Galway Clay Pizza Oven - Sunday August 9th, 2010

Slow Food Galway Clay Pizza Oven for Portumna Forest Picnic - more details soon!

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Connemara Smokehouse Tour - 13th June 2010

Over 40 Slow Food Galway members and guests attended a tour of the Connemara Smokehouse on Sunday June 13th as guests of Slow Food members Graham and Saoirse Robersts.

Graham gave a hugely informative demonstration on all aspects of smoking and treated us all to (copious!) samples of the wonderful produce afterwards.

After this we had even more food with an outdoor picnic behind the smokehouse.

Thanks to Graham and Saoirse for a wonderful day and thanks to everyone who contributed to the wonderful picnic afterwards!

See below for more pictures from the event.