Mixing Irish Beer Cocktails at the Generator Hostel Dublin

Six months ago, European Bar Tender School launched their Ticket to the World competition offering a once in a lifetime opportunity for two lucky people to explore the possibilities of an international career in bar tending, with rigorous training in a number of cities across 5 months.


The European Bartender School (EBS) is the largest and most professional bartending school in the world. Throughout it’s 14-year history they have trained thousands of bartenders to be able to travel the world and work wherever they like. Alternatively, many former EBS students use their skills to comfortably finance their way through college and get to know as many people as possible during their shifts!

Jesper Rydberg is a 19-year old Swedish national and Skye Burkin, a 21-year old Australian are the two winners of this amazing competition and they will be mixing up some super new Irish Craft Beer Cocktails, with 8-Degrees Brewing, in the Dublin Generator Hostel, Smithfield Square, on Thursday 18th September from 6pm until late!
Jesper Rydberg and Skye Burkin – Mixing 8-Degrees Cocktails in Generator Dublin on the 18th September
The organisers of this yummy event would like to extend
an open invitation to you all to come along for the evening!
The two winners of the European Bartender School Ticket to the World competition will be mixing two beer cocktails created especially for the event and for you to enjoy and to vote for. 
The Beer Cocktail, voted the winner by those present on the evening, will stay on the permanent bar menu at Generator Dublin.
Niall d’Arcy is currently a Resident DJ at Hidden Agenda and The Workman’s Club


There will be some complimentary drinks and food, a cash bar throughout the night, live music and a performance from Niall D’Arcy from 9pm.

Generator Hostel Dublin, Smithfield Square, Dublin

Looks like the makings of a great night!


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Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards 2014 Winners Announced

350 guests, entrants, judges and spectators came together last night to celebrate the achievements of Ireland’s best food and drink producers at the Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards (IQFA). Held at the Round Room, within Dublin’s grand Mansion House and 57 products from the North and the Republic of Ireland were awarded the title of IQFA 2014 winners.

The awards were presented by popular TV chef and author Catherine Fulvio who congratulated the winners on their contribution to the Irish food and drink industry. The IQFAs represent a unique collaboration between Food and Hospitality Ireland (formerly SHOP) and the UK Quality Food and Drink Awards, which have been rewarding excellence in food and drink flavours, textures and aromas for more than 35 years. The awards are renowned among multiple grocery sectors and food producers for their trustworthy and rigorous judging process which provides truly honest winners.

TV chef and Author, Catherine Fulvio, hosted the Irish Quality Food Awards event
The awards set out to recognise excellence in product development for food and drink producers, retailers and catering companies in Ireland.

Dunnes Stores and Tendermeats received the prestigious Overall Gold Q for their ‘Simply Better French Trimmed Connemara Hill Rack of Lamb’. The Gold Q is awarded to the one product that stands out among all the other entries and represents “the very best of the best”. Awarded Gold Q Highly Commended was Roll It Pastry’s ‘Sweet All Butter Shortcrust Pastry’.
The Christmas Gold Q was awarded to Dunnes Stores and Wexford Home Preserves for its ‘Simply Better Ham Glaze’.

This year, for the first time, a panel of judges from Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland chose finalists for the Small Producer of the Year Award – designed to celebrate artisanal foods and drink in Ireland and sponsored by SuperValu. ‘On the Pig’s Back Chicken Liver Pâté with Garlic & Brandy’ beat off stiff competition to win the award and will see the range extended across SuperValu stores, as well as receiving significant sales and marketing support from SuperValu. Other finalists included Sweet BBQ Pulled Pork from Jack & Keith Molloy Bros and Scotts Irish Cider from Big Hand Brewing Company.

The Round Room at The Mansion House, Dublin

The Irish Quality Drink Awards were judged in Dublin for the first time this year, with the Irish Quality Drink Award Gold Q given to Aldi Clontarf Classic Blend Whiskey and its supplier Castle Brands Inc, beating Highly Commended Dundalgan Irish Whiskey from Lidl Ireland and Terra. Independent Stout won the Lagers & Ales category, ‘Tempted? Summer Sweet Irish Craft Cider’ from dj’s juice and cider won the Cider category and Lidl Ireland won the Sparkling Wine, Wine and Spirit categories with their Cremant d’Alsace Brut AOC, St. Emilion Gran Cru AOC 2011 and their Deluxe Irish Cream Liqueur. Suppliers were S.C.V.B, Union de Producteurs de Saint-Emilion and Terra respectively.

To ensure complete equality within the judging process, the IQFA’s kitchen team of home economists at Dublin’s Institute of Technology prepared all the products as per the supplied manufacturers’ instructions before presenting to the judging panel. Working through each delicious category across two weeks, one session at a time, a judging team of over 70 respected food journalists, chefs, producers, retailers, NPD specialists, cooks and bloggers from across Ireland tasted over 600 products.

Helen Lyons, organiser of the Irish Quality Food Awards 2014

Organiser, Helen Lyons, commented, “Last night was such a success for all involved. The whole process has been fantastic and I’m so proud of our team and the contestants. It’s great to be given the opportunity to truly congratulate those in the food and drink industry that make a difference in our everyday lives and ‘compliment the chef’ so to speak! Well done to all of the winners and commiserations to those who didn’t quite make it – we received an outstanding amount of high-quality entrants, so it certainly wasn’t an easy process.”

The awards are open to all retailers, food producers, wholesalers and food service operators across Northern and Southern Ireland. They are a unique collaboration between Food and Hospitality Ireland and the UK Quality Food and Drink Awards (now in its 35th year) and sponsored by top UK packaging manufacturer, Benson Group as well as Dairymaid, Invest Northern Ireland and MLS Labelling & Printing Systems.

All excess food from the judging was given to The Capuchin Centre for Homeless People, which provides warm food each day and more than 1800 food hampers a week to vulnerable people in Dublin, and FareShare. The table decorations at the awards dinner were provided by www.livingcolours.ie.

The awards repeat last year’s trade media partnership with Retail News magazine, while forming a consumer-media partnership with Easy Food magazine.

For more information visit the website: www.irishqualityfoodawards.com Follow them on Facebook: at www.facebook.com/IrishQualityFoodAwards or on Twitter @IrishQFAs Hashtag #IQFA14

Learn more about The Capuchin Centre for Homeless People here, www.capuchindaycentre.ie.

And so, The Irish Quality Food Awards Winners’ List 2014 is…

Bagged Snacks

Sweet Chilli & Irish Red Pepper Potato Crisps – Keogh’s Crisps

Biscuits – Savoury

Dunnes Stores Simply Better Irish Wholemeal Crackers – Sheridans Cheesemongers

Biscuits – Sweet

Dunnes Stores My Family Favourites Milk Chocolate & Hazelnut Wafer – CKS

Bread – Small Breads and Rolls

Tesco Black Olive Roll – Panelto Foods

Bread – Large Loaves

Lidl Low GI Multiseed Cob – Mannings Bakery

Bread – Morning Goods

Tesco Finest Muesli Bread – Aryzta Bakeries

Bread – Speciality Breads

Four Cheese Loaf – Cuisine de France

Bread – Wheaten and Soda Breads

Toaster Wheaten – Genesis Crafty

Cakes and Morning Goods

Tesco Apple & Blackberry Lattice Bar – Golden Bake


Aldi Kavanagh’s Luxury Fruit Porridge with Apple, Raisin & Cinnamon Dusted Cranberries – Stafford Lynch


Lidl Irish Extra Mature Cheddar – Dale Farm Dairies

Chocolate and Confectionary

Lidl Irish Chocolate Selection – Lir Chocolates

Christmas Q – Christmas Cakes, Bakery and Desserts

Dunnes Stores 6 Deep Filled All Butter Mince Pies – Sargents Bakeries

Christmas Q – Christmas Chilled, Grocery Ambient, Meat, Fish & Savoury

Dunnes Stores Simply Better Ham Glaze – Wexford Home Preserves

Cold Beverages

Dunnes Stores Simply Better Valencia Orange Juice – Keeling F Juices

Dairy and Milk Products – Butters and Spreads

Dairy Manor Irish Creamery Butter – Town of Monaghan Co-Op

Dairy and Milk Products – Yogurts

Aldi Specially Selected Handmade Farmhouse Raspberry Yogurt – Killowen

Delicatessen – Antipasti

Tesco Pastrami Irish Beef - O’Brien Fine Foods

Delicatessen – Other Deli Counter Products

Musgrave Retail Partners Wiltshire Cured Ham on the Bone – O’ Brien Fine Foods

Desserts and Puddings

SuperValu Signature Tastes Panacotta – Prestige Foods

Fish – Fresh Fish

Burren Smoked Irish Organic Salmon with Seaweed Marinade – Burren Smokehouse

Fish – Fresh Fish Dishes

Lidl Seafood Chowder – Galmere

Food To Go

Tesco Finest Open Salmon Sandwich – Freshways

Free From – Chilled & Savoury

Aldi ‘Has No’ Delicious Soft White Bread – Gallaghers Bakery

Free From – Sweet

Aldi ‘Has No’ Lemon Muffins – Gallaghers Bakery

Fresh Meat, Game and Poultry – Bacon

Dunnes Stores Simply Better Dry Cured Irish Rashers – Callan Bacon

Fresh Meat, Game and Poultry – Beef Steaks

Aldi Specially Selected 28 Day Dry Aged Rib Eye – ABP Cahir

Fresh Meat, Game and Poultry – Poultry

Confit of Duck – Silver Hill Foods

Fresh Meat, Game and Poultry – Sausages, Burgers and Meatballs

Dunnes Stores Simply Better 6 Superior Honey & Mustard Irish Pork Sausages – Arthur Mallon Foods

Fresh Meat, Game and Poultry – Pork, Lamb and Other Joints: Retail Winner

Dunnes Stores Simply Better French Trimmed Connemara Hill Rack of Lamb – Tendermeats

Fresh Meat, Game and Poultry – Pork, Lamb and Other Joints: Catering Winner

Musgrave Wholesale Partners Butchers Select Lamb Rack French Trim – Kepak

Fresh Produce – Fruit

SuperValu Fruit Salad Mix – Freshcut Foods

Fresh Produce – Salad

Tesco Finest Irish Piccolo Cherry Tomatoes – Jim O’Rourke

Fresh Produce – Vegetables

Easy Cook 7 Minute Baby New Potatoes – Keogh’s

Frozen Food – Savoury

Aldi Specially Selected Irish Beef Quarter Pounders with Cheddar Cheese and Sweet Chilli – Kepak

Frozen Food – Sweet

Roll It Sweet All Butter Shortcrust Pastry – Roll It Pastry

Grocery Ambient – Savoury

Honeyed Fig, Rhubarb & Chilli Savoury Jam – Irish Bee Sensations

Grocery Ambient – Sweet

Lidl Blackcurrant and Rum Jam – Abbey Farm Foods

Hot Beverages – Coffee

SuperValu Signature Tastes Colombian Supremo Coffee Beans – United Coffee

Hot Beverages – Other

Aldi McGrath’s Reserve Blend Tea – Robert Roberts


Pizzado – Choice Pizza

Ready Meals

SuperValu Signature Tastes Lamb Tagine – Ballymaguire

Sauces and Salad Dressings

Vine Tomato & Jalapeno Pasta Sauce – The Scullery

Seasonal Occasions

Aldi Luxury Irish Chocolates

Side Dishes

SuperValu Signature Tastes Braised Red Cabbage – Ballymaguire


Lidl Cream of Tomato Soup – Princes

Value Q

Dunnes Stores My Family Favourites Strawberry Jam – Histon Sweet Spreads

SuperValu Small Producer of the Year Award Winning a listing with SuperValu:Chicken Liver Paté with Garlic & Brandy – On The Pig’s Back

Ales & Lagers

Independent Stout

Independent Brewing Company of Ireland

Tempted? Summer Sweet Irish Craft Cider – dj’s juice and ciderSparkling Wine
Lidl Crémant d’Alsace Brut AOC – S.C.V.B

Spirits – Liqueurs and Speciality Spirits
Lidl Deluxe Irish Cream Liqueur – Terra

Spirits – Whiskies
Aldi Clontarf Classic Blend Whiskey – Castle Brands Inc

Lidl St. Emilion Gran Cru AOC, 2011 – Union de Producteurs de Saint-Emilion

The Gold Q Awards

Drink Gold Q
Aldi Clontarf Classic Blend Whiskey – Castle Brands Inc

Christmas Gold Q
Dunnes Stores Simply Better Ham Glaze – Wexford Home Preserves

Overall Gold Q
Dunnes Stores “Simply Better” French Trimmed
Connemara Hill Rack of Lamb –  by Tendermeats

There you go!  A varied and diverse mix of Irish Quality Food products received awards tonight, so get out and have a look for them in your local shop, tomorrow!



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Euro-Toques launch search for Ireland’s Young Chef of the Year 2014

The search has officially begun to find Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year 2014.

The most coveted culinary title in Ireland will this year focus on the theme “No Chef is an Island” and asks young chefs to embrace all the influences associated with their gastronomic adventures in the kitchen. 23 rising Irish culinary stars (including Neven Maguire in 1994) have held this coveted title since the competition began in 1990.

The overall talented winner will receive an all expenses paid stage, at the world-renowned The Square London, where they will work under the direction of two star Michelin chef Philip Howard – this year’s guest judge.

Guest Judge, 2 Michelin Star Chef Philip Howard of The Square Restaurant in London

Young professional chefs between 18-26 from any catering background can enter online via www.youngchef.ie. Entry closes on Tuesday, September 30th at 12 noon. Candidates will later be notified if they have made it to stage two of the competition.

Euro-Toques Ireland is looking for three key ingredients when selecting candidates:

  • a passion for Irish produce and food heritage
  • outstanding cooking talent
  • the ability to showcase their creations as a sharing experience.

Ireland’s top 5 young chefs will compete for the title at a culinary skills test Final, on Sunday 23rd of November, in Dublin and will cook for guests at an exciting event that evening where the winner will be announced.

Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year 2014, in association with Fáilte Ireland and industry sponsor La Rousse Foods, is the perfect launch-pad for a fresh young chef to walk in the footsteps of Ireland’s most recognised culinary artists such as Myrtle Allen, Ross Lewis, Kevin Thornton or Derry Clarke.

The Euro-Toques Ireland judges are looking to be enthralled this year by exciting tastes, interesting traditions and refreshing experiences.

The 2013 Young Chef winner Mark Moriarty will be one of this year’s judges

Successful candidates will be involved in a number of competition stages and events between now and the end of November and will be judged by some of Ireland’s most respected chefs including Wade Murphy, President of Euro-Toques Ireland, Domini Kemp.

The 2013 winner, Chef Mark Moriarty, will also be judging. Mark, in his role as Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year has cooked at Taste of Dublin, Electric Picnic and events in Paris and Boston this year. Mark is currently teaching in Cooks Academy having previously worked in The Greenhouse Restaurant.

Chef Wade Murphy, President of Euro-Toques Ireland

Speaking at the launch Wade Murphy, President of Euro-Toques and proprietor of Restaurant 1826 Adare, said: “Sourcing of top quality local and seasonal food is at the core of what Euro-Toques is about and that will always be there, but we also need to start recognising the huge culinary talent that exists in this country and that is creating a really exciting food scene across Ireland. I feel very passionate about passing on knowledge and skills to the next generation of chefs and nurturing their raw talent and ability – that is what the Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year is all about.”

Helen McDaid, Food Tourism Manager at Failte Ireland

“Ireland has long been recognised for the beauty of its landscapes, the buzz of its cities, and the warmth of its people” said Helen McDaid, Food Tourism Manager at Failte Ireland. “Now visitors are coming for its food and drink too. Ireland’s culinary reputation is growing both at home and abroad and so it is important to continually seek out young chefs who champion Irish cooking and nurture their talents. Fáilte Ireland is delighted to be involved with the Euro-Toques Young Chef for a third year as it provides the opportunity to identify and celebrate this new wave of inspired chefs who represent the future of Irish cuisine.”

This year’s Industry Sponsor is La Rousse Foods

Closing date for entry is September 30th 2014 at 12.00 noon.

Watch & Share this Euro-Toques Young Chef 2014 Promo Video HERE

For more information on the competition and details on entry log onto www.youngchef.ie
Follow Euro-Toques on Twitter @eurotoquesirl and check the #youngchef14 hashtag


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Failte Ireland announce Ten Top Tourism Towns in Ireland 2014

Fáilte Ireland has just announced their shortlist of the “Ten Top Tourism Towns in Ireland” which have been selected for the 2014 Tourism Towns Award. The shortlist was announced as part of the National Tidy Towns Awards, which were held in The Helix, Dublin, today.

The shortlisted towns are:

Ardmore, Waterford [small town]
Carrick on Shannon, Leitrim [small town]
Glengarriff, Cork [small town]
Kinsale, Cork [small town]
Lismore, Waterford [small town]
Portmagee, Kerry [small town]
Killarney, Kerry [large town]
Cobh, Cork [large town]

Westport, Mayo [large town]
Kilkenny, Kilkenny [large town]

As part of their shortlisting, the selected towns have already been subject (over the last few weeks) to a series of unannounced inspections from a crack team of independent ‘secret shoppers’ who visited each location and assessed the quality of visitor experience to be had.

The Tourism Town Award focuses on how participating towns have developed their local area in the following key tourism areas:
• Sense of Place – How the town tells its own unique story to visitors, what’s special about it and what distinguishes it from other towns.
• Tourism Experiences – What the town has to offer visitors.
• Local Involvement in Developing Tourism- How the local community works together to provide an authentic visitor experience.
• Development and promotion of the town – How the town takes a unified approach to marketing and developing the town into a “tourism town”.

Welcoming the shortlist, Minister of State for Tourism & Sport Michael Ring emphasised the important premise behind the Award scheme: “This award is all about recognising those Irish towns, villages and communities which are putting their weight behind tourism and working hard to make their town even more attractive for tourists. I hope that the towns and villages shortlisted today will be an inspiration for other communities around Ireland”.

Fáilte Ireland - National Tourism Development Authority logo

Fiona Buckley from Fáilte Ireland, speaking at the launch today said, “This award provides a tangible recognition of those magic ingredients which give the Irish welcome a unique advantage – people, place and passion.”

Two overall winners will ultimately share the ultimate accolade of Ireland’s top Tourism Town, one for the best large town and the best small town, when the winners are unveiled in November by Fáilte Ireland following further assessments from the independent panel of judges.

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Kilkenny is Ireland’s Tidiest Town 2014

Kilkenny City was today named Ireland’s Tidiest Town, out of the 849 towns and villages throughout the country that entered this year’s SuperValu National TidyTowns competition.

The announcement was greeted by great celebration at today’s awards ceremony at The Helix in Dublin, which was packed with representatives of TidyTowns groups, from all over the country, eagerly anticipating the announcement of the winners.

Mr. Alan Kelly, T.D., Minister for the Environment, congratulated Kilkenney and all the winning towns. “I am very impressed by the enthusiasm of all those involved in the TidyTowns effort. The results of their efforts are obvious in the attractive, well cared-for towns and villages we see throughout the country.  It is clear that working together and getting things done increases peoples’ pride in where they live and helps to build vibrant communities,” he said.

The TidyTowns competition has been sponsored by SuperValu since 1992 and Martin Kelleher, MD SuperValu added “The outstanding demonstration of community spirit shown by all volunteers is commendable. Their relentless commitment to working for the good of their local community is what makes this competition the success it is today.”

Other main category winners are:

Ireland’s Tidiest Village went to Clonegal, Co. Carlow.

Ireland’s Tidiest Small Town went to Kilrush, Co. Clare.

Ireland’s Tidiest Large Town was won by Westport Co. Mayo.

Ireland’s Tidiest Large Urban Centre also went to Kilkenny City.

To find out how your County got on in the SuperValu Tidy Towns Competition, check out the full resuts at http://www.tidytowns.ie/reports.php


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The Irish Craft Beer & Cider Festival 2014 starts Thursday 4th September

Now in it’s fourth year, the Irish Craft Beer and Cider Festival returns to the RDS in Dublin from the 4th – 7th September 2014. This year’s line-up consists of over 40 breweries and cider makers – totalling an astounding number of over 200 Irish produced beverages on offer! Irish Craft Beers truly have arrived!

The craft beer and cider industry in Ireland has witnessed explosive growth over the past 12 months and reflecting this this festival has witnessed a 300% growth in both brewers and attendees since its conception in 2011. The festival attracted over 11,000 visitors last year and the organisers are once again predicting a record turn-out with a record number of breweries and cider makers signed up to date. In comparison to last year’s 25 producers, this year has seen an increase of over 60% in the number of breweries attending, a reflection of the massive growth of this local Irish market sector.

Seamus O’Hara, Co-Founder of the Irish Craft Beer and Cider Festival
Seamus O’Hara, Co-Founder of the Irish Craft Beer and Cider Festival and owner of the Carlow Brewing Company, comments, “Having been through previous ‘renaissances’ of Irish Craft Beer, this feels different. This is market segment establishment. Working within the sector of Irish craft brewing is exciting. We are working in tandem with so many local organic markets, from the entrepreneurs and small businesses of the country, to collaborating with vintners, independent off-licences, retail outlets and some of the most creative marketing and distribution agencies in the around – every day is different in brewing in Ireland at the moment.”

This year the team also welcomes back two Irish distillers, Porterhouse and Teelings. Both distillers are at the cusp of what is now predicted to be the next huge development in the Irish drinks sector – spirit distilling and the opening of Irish distilleries.

Seamus’ colleague and Co-Founder of the festival, Bruce Mansour, adds, “Four years ago, when we opened the doors to Ireland’s first Irish Craft Beer Festival, we had just over 10 exhibitors. When we discussed craft beer with patrons, we were met by confused faces and excited palates. Now, four years later, we are being educated by our patrons on the diversity and constant growth and expansion of this unique and local industry. Brewed locally and distributed internationally, this industry is a story of success, creativity, perseverance and uncapped potential growth.”

This year’s festival promises to bring visitors an experience that is unrivalled throughout the country. It is the pinnacle of the year within the Irish craft beer and cider industries. For four days, each supplier sets up its own space within the venue and chats with consumers, enjoying discussions about the intricacies of each unique combination of flavours making every individual product stand out from the next.

Pictured at the launch of the Irish Craft Beer and Cider Festival 2014 were:
Cathal O’Donoghue, Rascals Brewing, Michael Reddy, Teelings, Ronan Brennan, Galway Hooker,
Clementine Mac Niece, McIvors, Alan Wolfe, McGargles, Gabriel Corcoran, Teelings, Lisa Quilter, McGargles,
Gerard Costello, Costellos, Jonathon Scott, Soctt Irish Cider and Jamie Groome, White Gypsy.
Front row: Co founders of the Irish Craft Beer and Cider Festival:
Seamus O’Hara, O’Hara Brewing and Bruce Mansour, Make it Happen.

Irish Breweries and Irish Cider makers participating include:

5 Lamps, Armagh Cider, Black’s, Black Donkey, Blackstairs, Barrelhead,
Bo Bristle, BRU, Costello, Dingle, Dj’s Juice and Ciders, Eight Degrees, Founders,
Franciscan Well, Galway Bay, Galway Hooker, Hilden, Independent, Jack Doyle’s,
Kinnegar, Mac Ivors, McGargles, Metalman, Mountainman, N17, Nine White Deer,
O’Hara’s, Rascals, Scott’s Irish Cider, Stonewell Cider, Stone Barrel, The White Hag,
Toby’s Cider, Trouble, White Gypsy, White Water, West Kerry.
Distilleries include: Teeling Whiskey Co., Porter House & Dingle Spirits.
(Guest breweries in attendance are Alltech, Brasserie Castelain, Founders and Lefevre Cidre)
Slainte – A Complete Guide to Irish Craft beer and Cider

The Festival will also play host to the launch, on Thursday evening, of “Slainte – A Complete Guide to Irish Craft beer and Cider“, written by Kristen Jensen and Caroline Hennessey, the Co-Founders of the Irish Food Bloggers Association. This book is packed with everything you need to know and will guide you through a brief history of craft brewing and cider-making and introduce you to all the Irish producers. It is also a key resource for novices and connoisseurs alike in how to savour beer and cider, match them with food and even cook with them, all topped off with listings of relevant organisations and events and a glossary of key terms.

Some of the Dublin’s favourite food producers will be cooking up a storm including Jane Russell Sausages, Cillian the Pie Man, Dave’s Wood Fired Pizza and Oisin’s Crepes in the City.

The festival will once again open its doors on Thursday evening at 5pm, showcasing festival brews and launching new products – an opportunity to experience the newest and freshest brews within the industry!

Win an Irish Craft Beer and Cider Hamper
VOTE for your Favourite Irish Craft Beer and Cider HERE: http://www.beoir.org/icbcf/awards.php 
Everyone who votes will be entered into a draw to win an Irish Craft Beer and Cider hamper. Closing date is the 3rd of September.
and follow the Irish Craft Beer and Cider Festival on Twitter @IrishBeerFest

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Scally’s SuperValu launch Ireland’s 1st designated supermarket in-store Gluten-Free Bakery

Scally’s SuperValu, located in the heart of Clonakilty in West Cork, has become the first supermarket in Ireland to launch a designated in-store gluten-free bakery and food production facility. The new facility, with an investment of €500,000, will create five new jobs at the store.


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Coeliac disease is an auto immune disease causing some adults and children to react to gluten, the protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Some coeliacs are also sensitive to the protein found in oats. If a coeliac eats gluten the lining of the small intestine becomes damaged reducing the coeliac’s ability to absorb the nutrients from food. This can lead to various symptoms and complications if undiagnosed. The only treatment is adhering to a gluten-free diet for life after a positive diagnosis has been made.

Gluten is found in breads, biscuits, cakes, pasta, beer, pizza and in many manufactured foods where gluten is contained in the ingredients such as soups, sauces, gravy, salad dressings, crisps, chocolate, sweets and ready-meals. Coeliacs have to think ahead if they want to eat at a restaurant, need to take extra time reading labels when shopping and need to take care in their personal food preparation to avoid cross-contamination with gluten. Even a grain of gluten can cause harm and cause symptoms which can last for several days. Long-term consequences of coeliac disease if left untreated, can include increased risk of bowel cancer, infertility and osteoporosis.

Gluten Free Bakers at Scallys SuperValu with owner Eugene Scally

The ‘Clonakilty Gluten Free Cuisine’ range, which consists of a selection of almost 30 gluten-free products certified for coeliacs, will be available at Scally’s SuperValu Clonakilty and Scally’s SuperValu Blackrock in Cork city, with future expansion plans expected. As this innovative range is prepared in a separate bakery and kitchen, coeliacs can be assured that the range is 100% gluten-free, with all products independently tested and certified by Alpha Analytics.

Eugene Scally owner of  Scally’s SuperValu Clonakilty
Speaking at the launch, Eugene Scally, owner of Scally’s SuperValu said, “1 in 100 people in Ireland are thought to have coeliac disease, with many as yet undiagnosed. The decision to develop this range was made after market research highlighted the lack of choice for coeliacs and the high cost of gluten-free products; research showed that a coeliac’s basket of goods is 87% more expensive than a non-coeliac basket. We wanted to offer customers a diverse gluten-free range that was keenly priced and of exceptional quality. Our customers feedback has been instrumental in developing the range and the response from shoppers has been extremely positive.”

The launch highlights SuperValu’s community retail model as stores are independently owned and retailers can tailor their offer for the local area. The state of the art production facility means that the gluten-free range can be produced locally in West Cork and adds to West Cork’s reputation for food leadership. The launch of ‘Clonakilty Gluten Free Cuisine’ follows the launch last year of SuperValu’s FreeFrom range which consists of over 300 gluten and dairy-free products, already in all SuperValu stores.

Chairperson of the Coeliac Society of Ireland, Mary Twohig said: “We are delighted that Scally’s have developed this facility in Cork, giving coeliacs more choice in their search for gluten-free foods, on a local basis. It is important to coeliacs that they can access a range of products that are affordable and good quality. With 15% of our membership being from Cork, it is fantastic to see local businesses, and a national retailer, rising to meet the needs of people whose only medicine is a gluten-free diet.”

Scally’s “Clonakilty Gluten Free Cuisine’ Range is available both fresh and frozen and includes:

Brown soda bread, 450g – €2.00
White bread, 400g – €2.00
White bread rolls (four pack) – €2.00
Garlic bread (130g) – €2.00
Bread crumbs (400g) – €2.00
Fruit scones (four pack) – €2.50
Plain scones (four pack) – €2.50
Celebration cake / Birthday cake – €15.99
Trifle sponge – €2.00
Cupcakes (four pack) – €3.00
Carrot cake, 400g – €3.99
Lemon polenta cake, 400g – €3.99
Mushroom soup (500ml) – €3.00
Pepper sauce (460ml) – €3.00
Roast gravy (460ml) – €2.75
White sauce (460ml) – €3.00
Vegetable soup (500ml) – €3.00
Carrot & coriander soup (500ml) – €3.00
Tomato soup (500ml) – €3.00
Potato & leek soup (500ml) – €3.00
Shepherd’s pie (450g) – €3.25
Seafood chowder (500ml) – €4.00
Seafood pie (450g) – €3.50
SuperValu serves over 2.6 million customers every week in Ireland and now has 222 stores nationwide. 75% of everything on SuperValu’s shelves is sourced or produced in Ireland. SuperValu continues to source locally wherever possible and purchases almost €2 billion worth of goods from Irish suppliers which help to sustain 30,000 jobs in the Irish economy.
For more about Scallys SuperValu in Clonakilty see www.supervaluclon.ie

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