New NeighbourFood Market for Connemara

A new online farmers market will launch this week in Baile na hAbhann in Connemara. Called NeighbourFood, it’s a fresh new way to do your weekly shop. Its aim is to create a link between local producers and local people, and it will run every week at An Tulach (Coláiste Chamuis), next door to the Irish-language television channel TG4, which has its headquarters in the village.


NeighbourFood is a really easy way to get the best local produce and at the same time support local producers near you,” says chef Diarmuid Ó Mathúna, who will be running the market. “Each week members can place an order on neighbourfood.ie and then collect a basket full of goodies on the following Wednesday evening.”


A wide range of produce will be available from the An Tulach NeighbourFood market, including delicious leaves and veg from Garraí Glas, award-winning meat from McGeough’s butchers and some of Sullivan’s Country Grocers famous breads. If you feel like you’ve earned a treat, The Wine Buff will also be selling their amazing wines.


Chef Diarmuid O Mathuna who is launching the new NeighbourFood Market in Baile na hAbhann, Connemara


There are over 50 NeighbourFood markets across the country now and Diarmuid worked at one of the first: “We saw huge demand for the service from the start. People loved getting such great products so easily and at the same time  knowing that they were putting plenty of money back into the pockets of small local producers.”


NeighbourFood gives 80c out of every €1 spent on the site back to the producers, whereas many large supermarkets give them less than 50c. Because the producers get the orders ahead of time, they can produce what’s needed and no more, reducing food waste. There’s also a strong focus on seasonal and organic products and packaging is avoided as much as possible. NeighbourFood saw a huge increase in demand during lockdown because it is so well suited to safe COVID 19 practices.



The first step is registering for NeighbourFood, which is completely free. Then each week members have until midnight on Monday to place an order on the site. From then until Wednesday evening the producers will work hard to get everything ready for collection between 4 and 6pm that day. NeighbourFood – An Tulach will host its first collection on Wednesday, 26 August, which means customers need to be registered and have their orders in by midnight, Monday 24 August.


To register visit www.neighbourfood.ie/antulach 

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An Dúlamán – Bringing the Magic of the Sea to You for World Gin Day

In a week that begins with World Ocean Day and ends with World Gin Day (this Saturday 13th June 2020) you could treat yourself to one of the world’s most unique gins, An Dúlamán Irish Maritime Gin, which is flavoured with five locally harvested seaweed and six other botanicals!

Sliabh Liag Distillers‘ Gin Distiller, Moira Doherty, has created a spirit as unique as the rugged Donegal coast that inspires it – An Dúlamán. It is produced in a custom built 500 litre hand-hammered copper still, named Meabh (which means “she who intoxicates”), which has a vapour extraction basket for placing the seaweeds and botanicals into, which create the magical flavour.

“The coast around the mighty Sliabh Liag Cliffs hold an extraordinary bounty for local sea foragers like us, who use centuries-old knowledge of harvesting and harnessing the qualities of natural seaweeds,” says Moira. “For example, we can only harvest the tiny , shy pepper dulse seaweed that grows in the cracks and crevices of the rocky headlands, when the moon is full and tides are at their lowest.”


Due to the delicate nature of the botanicals sourced from the sea, they take an incredibly narrow cut of the distillate which helps mix of flavours shine through at precisely the right levels.

On the palate, there is soft bright juniper, which subsides as the complexity of An Dúlamán is revealed in rich umami, brisk salt and then a buttery oyster smoothness with hints of chestnut. Given time, sweet notes of peach and even Turkish Delight appear!

The unique bottle created by the distillery, is based upon those found along the Donegal coast, after ships of the Spanish Armada were wrecked on the rocks. The Spanish Armada was an enormous 130-ship naval fleet dispatched by Spain in 1588 as part of a planned invasion of England, but which encountered problems from the start and many ran aground along the Irish west coast.

The label of An Dúlamán Santa Ana Gin is an old map showing where the Spanish Armada Ship was wrecked

Last year, the distillery released a new “navy strength” style Gin, called An Dúlamán Santa Ana, Armada Strength Gin,  inspired by one of the many ships of the Spanish Armada, La Duquesa Santa Ana, which ran aground off the Loughros Mór Point, near Ardara.

In this new gin, they take the same seaweed-based spirit distillation and age it in Rioja wine barrels for up to 12 weeks! This adds another layer of flavour and a rose gold colour to the gin. It is then taken down to 57% abv, known also as “navy strength” and bottled into similar iconic bottles, sealing it with a deep red wax, all done by hand.

Though strong in alcohol, An Dúlamán Santa Ana is superbly smooth with a slight natural fruit sweetness adding to the complexity of the maritime flavours!

Celebrate your World Gin Day with An Dúlamán Santa Ana from the Sliabh Liag Distillery

Sliabh Liag Distillery also produces Silkie Irish Whiskey and are currently planning to build another brand new distillery in Ardara, County Donegal. You can purchase An Dúlamán Gin at most good off-licences nationwide and also directly from the Sliabh Liag Distillery website at www.SliabhLiagDistillers.com. Enjoy #WorldGinDay!


Zack 

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Aldi to sell over 75 new Irish made products as part of "Grow with Aldi" Supplier Development Programme

45 artisan food & drink producers win a new contract with Aldi, which has to date invested over €1.5million in Irish suppliers since the programme began in 2018.

45 of Ireland’s most innovative Irish food and drink producers have won a new contract to supply Aldi’s 142 stores through its Grow with Aldi Supplier Development Programme. Over 75 exciting Irish-made products will now go on sale nationwide as part of an Aldi Specialbuys event, kicking off on Sunday, 31st May for two weeks only. Aldi is investing €500,000 in the Grow with Aldi programme this year, and to date, has invested over €1.5million with small and medium Irish suppliers since it began in 2018.

A diverse range of products have been selected for 2020, including  Cordials, Artisan Chocolate, Baking Mixes, Piedmontese Beef Sausages, Irish Farmhouse Cheeses and Frozen Pizzas. The new artisan additions will compliment Aldi’s existing portfolio of Irish products. Aldi already works with over 200 Irish suppliers and will sell over €750 million worth of Irish goods this year.

 Developed in partnership with Bord Bia, Grow with Aldi supports small and medium Irish suppliers in listing with a national retailer. Suppliers receive tailored mentoring, workshops from the Aldi Buying Team and Bord Bia technical experts, teaching them the skills to help grow and develop their product, brand and business.

Five of the Grow with Aldi suppliers will then be given a further opportunity, winning a contract for their product to be sold in Aldi’s Irish stores year-round. In 2019, All About Kombucha, Galway (Kombucha), Funky Monkey Foods, Dublin (Curry Mix and Salt & Chilli Mix), Walls Honest Chips, Cork (Chips), Ballyvourney Pudding, Cork (Black and White Pudding), Pizzado Pizza, Co. Down (Fresh Pizza Bases) and Mama Bear Ketchup, Cork (Low Sugar Ketchup) all won a core listing in all 142 stores nationwide.

 Commenting, John Curtin, Aldi Group Buying Director, said:
“Now in its third year, Grow with Aldi has consistently delivered for everyone involved. Small and medium sized Irish suppliers get the opportunity to have their product sold nationally, shoppers get to enjoy the best Irish-made products being created and Aldi gets to work with even more Irish suppliers. With everything that has happened worldwide over the past few months, we couldn’t think of a better time to be supporting Irish suppliers more. These fantastic products that represent the very best of Ireland’s food industry.”

Tara McCarthy, Bord Bia CEO, said:
“As a nation, we love to purchase locally sourced products; recent research from Bord Bia showed that 76% of people use Irish produce where possible and over two thirds of those surveyed agreed that food of Irish origin was worth paying a little more for. Now more than ever this is hugely important, and Grow with Aldi not only helps meet consumer demand for Irish products, but also supports small and medium Irish suppliers as they develop the skills and capabilities their businesses need in the current climate.”

The full list of Irish products is as follows: 

County
Supplier
Product
Price
Antrim
Mezze Magic
Smoked Black Olive Tepenade
€2.49
Mezze Magic
Smoked Sundried Tomato Pesto
€2.49
Armagh
Burren Balsamics
Black Garlic Infused Balsamic Vinegar
€4.49
Burren Balsamics
Blackberry and Thyme Infused Balsamic Vinegar
€4.49
Burren Balsamics
White Balsamic Vinegar
€4.49
Meadow Farm Foods
Orchard Smokehouse Smoked Chicken Wings
€3.49
Cavan
Ice Cream Treats
Yomega3 Greek Style Frozen Yogurts
€4.99
Clare
Inagh Farmhouse Cheese
St. Tola Divine Artisan Goat Cheese
€2.99
Magic Mayan
Vegan Fresh Mint Dark Chocolate
€3.99
Magic Mayan
Vegan Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate
€3.99
Magic Mayan
Vegan Zesty Orange Dark Chocolate
€3.99
Meere’s Pork Products
6 Dinner Sausages
€2.99
Mrs. Doyle’s Tea
Irish Blend Tea
€4.49
Cork
Bó Rua Farm
Original Irish Farm Cheddar
€2.99
De Roiste Foods
Ballyvourney Tomato and Herb Sausages
€1.99
Finders Foods
Rocket Salad Dressing
€2.99
O’Neill’s Irish Atlantic Sea Salt
Aromatic Garlic Sea Salt Flakes
€2.49
O’Neill’s Irish Atlantic Sea Salt
Pure and Natural Sea Salt Flakes
€2.49
Mella’s Irish Butter Fudge
Salted Caramel Irish Butter Fudge
€4.49
Mella’s Irish Butter Fudge
Irish Butter Fudge Selection
€4.49
Saturday Pizzas
Margherita Pizza
€4.99
Saturday Pizzas
Pepperoni Pizza
€4.99
Union Hall Smoked Fish
Smoked Mackerel Pâté
€3.29
Union Hall Smoked Fish
Smoked Salmon Pâté
€3.29
Derry
The Popcorn Company
Blue Raspberry Candy Floss
€1.29
The Popcorn Company
Green Apple Candy Floss
€1.29
The Popcorn Company
Pink Vanilla Candy Floss
€1.29
Down
Hellbent
Coiled South African Sausage (Boerewors)
€3.99
Dublin
Dan & Monstro
Homemade Curry Sauce
€3.49
Dan & Monstro
Homemade Pasta Sauce
€3.49
Mama Nagi’s
Exotic Coconut Cook-in Sauce
€3.29
Mama Nagi’s
Fruity Tomato Cook-in Sauce
€3.29
Mama Nagi’s
Sweet Mango Cook-in Sauce
€3.29
Meltdown
Hot Stuff Sauce
€3.79
Nicky’s Plaice
Oak-Smoked Salmon
€2.99
Safco Fine Foods
Fresh Falafel
€2.49
Safco Fine Foods
Falafel Burger
€3.49
Vada Pow
Croquette Tikka Masala
€3.49
Vada Pow
Mumbai Potato Pie
€3.49
Kildare
Prokulture
Organic Kombucha – Ginger & Lemongrass
€2.99
Prokulture
Organic Kombucha – Wild Berry
€2.99
The Grill Shack
Original Hot Sauce
€3.29
Leitrim
Dromod
Irish Homemade Boxty
€1.99
Jinny’s Bakery
Irish Stout Bread Mix
€3.65
Louth
KooKee
Gluten Free Double Chocolate Cookie Mix
€3.59
KooKee
Gluten Free Spotaí Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix
€3.59
Mayo
Furnace Green
Meat Free Black Pudding
€2.29
Furnace Green
Meat Free White Pudding
€2.29
Meath
Adriatic Taste
Grill Sausage – Extra Hot
€4.99
Adriatic Taste
Grill Sausage – Spicy
€4.99
Monaghan
Hempful
CBD Infusion Health Bar
€2.99
Hempful
Natural Hemp Original Hemp Bar
€2.99
Hempful
Protein Boost Health Bar
€2.99
Kahawa Coffee
Cold Brew Latte
€2.49
Kahawa Coffee
Cold Brew Original
€2.49
Offaly
Biltong Chief
Chilli Beef Biltong
€2.85
Biltong Chief
Traditional Biltong
€2.85
O’Donoghue’s Bakery
Dairy Free Soda Bread
€1.45
Mossfield Organic Farm
Natural Yogurt
€2.29
Tipperary
Blackcastle Farm/Irish Piedmontese Meat Company
6 Irish Gourmet Piedmontese Beef Sausages
€3.99
Lisduff Fine Foods
Cajun Turkey Grills
€2.79
Lisduff Fine Foods
Sage & Onion Turkey Grills
€2.79
Tyrone
Quinns
Hazelnut Gelato
€3.49
Quinns
Vanilla Gelato
€3.49
Wexford
Jimmy’s Kitchen
Potato Cakes in Golden Batter
€3.89
Jimmy’s Kitchen
Potato Cakes in Herb Breadcrumb
€3.89
Naturally Cordial
Wexford Blackcurrant Cordial
€3.99
Naturally Cordial
Lemon and Lime Leaf Cordial
€3.99
Wicklow
Guastalla
Italian Prosciutto
€3.99
Guastalla
Salami Antipasto
€3.99
Porter & Nash
Caramelised Onion & Balsamic Sauce
€3.29
Porter & Nash
Original Gravy
€3.29
Pure Treats
Berry Burst Mini Cake
€2.99
Pure Treats
Lemon Drizzle Mini Cake
€2.99
The Piccolo Pizza Co.
Basil & Garlic Pizza Sauce
€1.99
The Piccolo Pizza Co.
Herb & Spice Pizza Sauce
€1.99
The Piccolo Pizza Co.
Smoky BBQ Pizza Sauce
€1.99
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Sliabh Liag Distillery launches new Legendary Dark Silkie Irish Whiskey

Sliabh Liag Distillers, based in Carrick, County Donegal, has just released The Legendary Dark Silkie Irish Whiskey, a blend of carefully selected Irish Whiskeys which will reintroduce drinkers to the rich smoky peated turf fire Irish Whiskey style of the early 19th century.

James Doherty, founder and managing director of Sliabh Liag Distillers describes the whiskey. “The Dark Silkie is the first addition to our Silkie range and adds a smoky overlay to the signature Silkie style. It has always been my intention to bring peat smoke to blends and this is the first time we have been able to source the right smoky whiskeys for our Silkie. It’s the perfect stepping-stone for introducing the dry, rich, smoky style that we believe is true to Donegal and the wild Atlantic coast.

James describes the tasting notes of the new Dark Silkie as “fresh apple, pipe tobacco and the comforting dry smoke of a peat fire. To taste, the whiskey is super soft with a salted-caramel sweetness, dark chocolate and liquorice, oak, leather, and a dry spicy smoke. The finish is warming with smoky malt, peanut butter and melts away,” he adds.

Dark Silkie has at its core a triple distilled peated single malt which is matured in sherry casks. This single malt is peated to 55 parts per million, which after the triple distillation results in a phenol level around 22 parts per million, giving a rich, sweet, smoky flavour. The peated single malt is blended with a double distilled single malt matured in bourbon barrels and soft grain whiskey matured in virgin oak casks.

As with the multi-award winning Silkie Irish Whiskey, the Dark Silkie is hand bottled at Sliabh Liag Distillers in Carrick, County Donegal and in keeping with the strong tradition of storytelling still prevalent in Donegal, The Dark Silkie is named after the Silkies of the Donegal coast. (Silkies are mythical mermaid-like shape-shifters, who shed their seal skin coats on a sandy moonlit shore to become beautiful sea maidens!)

Last month, Sliabh Liag Distillers joined the national effort in fighting COVID-19 by pivoting production to hand sanitiser, as James explains: “It has been a busy time with the pivot toward hand sanitiser in recent weeks, but in spite of the pandemic, we are pushing ahead with the new distillery build (in Ardara) and will only produce rich peated whiskeys with our “all grains in” process, which I think is unique to Ireland”.

The Legendary Dark Silkie Irish Whiskey has a retail recommended price of €42 and is available online at the Sliabh Liag Distillers online shop, Diceys.com, The Celtic Whiskey Shop, Amazon and Master of Malt.

Zack.
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