Thursday, 10 June 2010

Connemara Smokehouse Tour


Slow Food Galway recently ran a project with seven local primary schools in the county for Grandmother's Day on the 25th April.  Boys and girls from third and/or fourth class in Carnaun School,Athenry,  Kilcoona NS School,  Headford,  Gaelscoil de Hide, Oranmore,  Roscahill NS, Oughterard,   Scoil Chaitriona, Renmore, Claddagh NS, Galway and Scoil Bhride,  Shantalla,  Galway took part in the project.  Slow Food members in these areas visited the schools to invite the children to participate and also talk about Slow Food.

In this pilot project grandmothers and grandchildren worked together in the kitchen and made a dish or baked a cake or buns and the child then wrote about the day's activities with an accompanying picture.  The aim of Slow Food Grandmother's Day is to foster an interest in food, an appreciation of good food and how it is prepared and consequently pass recipes from one generation to another.

Each participating pupil was presented with a certificate of participation. The stand of entries was excellent but the projects of the three winners stood out.

Food writer and TV cook, Mairin Ui Chomain presented the certicates and prises in the three wining schools.

The winners were
Angie Dempsey, Carnaun.
Chloe Burke, Scoile Caitriona, Renmore and
Taillte Ni Newton, Gaelscoil de Hide.

Each winner received cookie cutters and cooking equipment and their grandmother received an apron.
Next year we hope to involve more members and their local schools.  If you would like your school to participate, contact Kate O'Dwyer, Slow Food Galway at 087 9312333.