A Taste of Ballyhoura Country


A Taste of Ballyhoura Country Food Festival A Great Success!

There was a superb attendance at the A Taste of Ballyhoura Festival which took place on the October Bank holiday weekend. This fun filled event was organised to celebrate the best of the local food producers in the local Ballyhoura region under the A Taste of Ballyhoura Country Brand.

The weekend’s festivities kicked off with a Master Chef competition which took place at the Recipe 4 Success Cookery School, Annacotty, which saw two local secondary schools compete in the cook off. Hospital narrowly beat Kilmallock in a close cook off.

A gala banquet took place on the Friday night at Deebert House Hotel which featured some of the excellent local food produce which was cooked beautifully. An early start on Saturday morning began with a 8km fun walk and run which was in aid of Kilmallock Tidy Towns. The Festival took place around Halloween so it was the perfect time to showcase a Haunted House at the Old Post Office Building. There was a huge queue for those who wished to get a scare!

Various other festivities took place over the jam packed weekend including food trails, historic tours, fancy dress, and a family fun day. The weekend came to a close with a delightful fireworks display.

Many thanks to all sponsers and all whom were involved!

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Sky’s the limit for Ballyhoura Secondary Schools Cook Off!

As part of the successful A Taste of Ballyhoura Food Festival which took place at Kilmallock on the October Bank Holiday weekend, a secondary schools cookery competition took place. This festivity was the first type of a Junior Masterchef style competition for secondary schools held. This saw local schools in the Ballyhoura area creating recipes using foods from local produce especially from companies from the “A Taste of Ballyhoura Country” brand. Producers under this brand include Clotilde’s Compotes, Hodgins Sausages, Horgan’ Delicatessen Supplies, Pandora Bell Confectionary, Ballyhoura Apple Farm, 8 Degrees Brewery, and Old Irish Creamery.

Thursday’s semi final saw two local schools, Colaiste Iosaf, Kilmallock and John the Baptist School, hospital reach the final which took place on Monday, the last day of the popular food festival. The final was judged on four criteria; cleanliness, taste of food, flavours working well together, and finally presentation. The judges, Tim Madden, Elka O Mahony, and Gertrude Magner had their work cut out for them as the standard of both schools was quite high and it was a close competition. Hospital clenched it with their menu consisting of homemade burger stuffed with Bluefalls goats cheese and pistachios, potato gratin, reduced apple sauce, and spiced pumpkin and broccoli which was followed by a meringue roulade, accompanied with a raspberry smoothie and raspberry cheesecake. Kilmallock came up with an equally creative menu of sticky herb sausages on a bed of leek and parsnip mash served with caramelised red onions. This was followed by an apt desert for the end of the Autumn season, apple compote accompanied with a cheesecake with a granola crumble and poached pears. The event also had a guest celebrity chef, Brian McDermott famously known as the “No Salt Chef” and featured a cooking demonstration from Shane O Donoghue who is owner of Recipe 4 Success Cookery School, Annacotty where the competition took place.

It is a credit to all involved and hopefully a solid future is in store for the junior masterchefs who took part whom no doubt have their excellent home economic teachers to thank for instilling skills and ideas for participating in the competition.

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Home to many of Ireland's finest artisan food producers, Ballyhoura Country is an area of undulating green pastures hills and mountains, situated in the southwest region of Ireland, on the borders of counties Tipperary, Limerick and Cork.

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