Monday, 13 October 2014

Bia at the Border" at Petersburg Outdoor Education Centre

We couldn't have picked a better crisp sunny Autumn day to host our Slow Food Mayo and Slow Food Galway collaborative event; "Bia at the Border" at Petersburg Outdoor Education Centre, Clonbur, Co. Galway, We were all greeted and treated to a welcoming cup of delicious coffee from Ponaire Coffee Roastery & Bar along with yummy wild fruit scones made by our chefs from Rustic Grub and The Hungry Monk, and not to mention the delicious jams which all our members brought along for us to taste.

We had a lot going on on the day thanks to our wonderful Demonstrators, which included;
  • Mackerel smoking by Cobie in the Courtyard
  • Butter making Demonstrations by Seamus O Grady
  • Raw milk, Butter and Yoghurt tasting by Keeley Clesmah from Cong. 
  • Tastings of Wild food Tinctures and Bitters by Claire Davey of America Village / Baile Mheiriceá.  
  • A Demonstration on Working with wild foods by Jonathan Keane from The Lodge at Ashford Castle.
  • Vegetable fermentation by Ciara Cullen from Macalla Farm, Clare Island 
  • Wild Food Cordials and brandy by the Diarmuid Connolly.
  • Wild Food Cordials by Cait from Black River Wild Foods from Headford
  • Identification of Forest Mushrooms and Wild foods by our very own Barbara Buckley.
Having worked up a appetite from all the demonstrations we were all treated to delicious Lamb curry made with Achill Mountain Lamb from Calveys Butchers Achill Lamb and Traditional Irish Stew made by GMIT Lecturers Richard Nielsen and Ulrich Hoeche, who used lamb from Connemara Hill Lamb Ltd. This was followed by delicious crumbles made by Cafe Rua and Aisling from The Hungry Monk in Cong. Not forgetting to mention the delicious milk for our Tea sponsored by Larry and Anne from The Galway Goat Farm.
As if this was not enough to wear us all out, we were treated to a wonderful display of talented sheep dogs doing a demonstrations on Sheep Gathering by Joyce Country Sheepdogs.
Last but by no means least....a big thank you to all the Management and staff of Petersburg Outdoor Adventure Centre, Co. Galway for allowing us to host our event in such an idyllic and picturesque location in Cong. And a final thank you to all the Slow Food Volunteers and guests from both sides of the Border. Abu Galway & Mayo......who's for the SAM next year??