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
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