Thursday, 21 July 2011

The Producers: For Food’s Sake II

FFS II, held on Thursday 26th May, posed the question “Are Irish Restaurants Up The Swanny?”.  
Once again, four Irish producers were on-site to help feed the crowd and spread the word about their lovely products.  

Gleann Gabhra Goats’ Produce
Dominic Gryson was the representative of Gleann Gabhra Goats’ Produce at FFS II. He and his wife Fionnuala’s farm is at the foot of the Gabhra Valley close to the hills of Tara, which may or may not add a magical taste of their goats’ milk products. They specialise in milk, cheddar cheese and ice-cream. To find out more visit their website ( or email them at

Curraghchase Pork
Rigney’s Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast’s Caroline Rigney was at FFS II to showcase some of the farm’s free range pork products, which are the prized product in their Farm Shop at Curraghchase, Co Limerick. They produce their rashers, black and white puddings and sausages from rare-breed pigs such as Tammleworth and Saddlebacks.  
Have a look at their website ( to find out more.

Ballyhoura Apple Farm
Maurice Gilbert from North Country Cork’s Ballyhoura Apple Farm brought along some of his apple-based treats for the FFS II audience to sample. Specialising in apple juice, Ballyhoura also have a range of cider in production as well as some salad dressing using the farm’s apples which they’ve been growing since 2006. You can Maurice and his goods at farmers’ markets throughout Munster, as well as in Dublin’s Blackrock Market at Jonathan’s stall. Find out more at  

George’s Patisserie
Georg Heise is the man behind George’s Patisserie, whose goods were sampled at FFS II.  Originally from Munich, this world-travelled pastry chef moved to Ireland in 2000 and set up his bakery in Slane, Co Meath, in 2001. Available in the Dublin Food Co-op on a Saturday and other farmers’ markets around Dublin, the bakery produces artisan breads, cakes, pastries and fine confectionary fresh every day.  To make your order, or to just find out more, have a look at

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