This year Hubs & I attended the BBC Good Food Show at the NEC after being invited by Tourism Ireland. On the Tourism Ireland stand it was great to see so many producers who were passionate about their product. Not all the products are currently available in the UK but the intention is that they will be soon.
The first person we met was the fabulous Joe O’Flynn from Rathsallagh House. He explained to us and let us taste their delicious famous Breakfast Ham that they serve to their guests every morning.
Flahavan’s At this time of year breakfast isn’t breakfast without a big bowl of creamy porridge. I had heard about these oats after reading blog posts about them. I have to agree they are super creamy and I’ve enjoyed having them for breakfast these cold wintry mornings.
Ballyhoura Apple Farm While on the stand we tried both an Mulled Apple Juice and Apple & Beetroot Juice (not sure if this one is available yet). Maurice Gilbert, the owner of Ballyhoura Apple Farm, was bubbling with enthusiasm over both of the products he was showing at the show and I know why. Both the juices and the apples he gave us to try were delicious. I particularly liked the Apple & Beetroot juice and it’s interesting that a product like that could be appearing in the market.
Cashel Blue & Crozier Blue Hubs adores blue cheese, I’m not so much a fan, but both the Cachel Blue and the Crozier Blue are deliciously creamy and I would happily eat them if they appeared on a Christmas cheese board. The cheese is sold relatively young but once left to mature will intensify in flavour.
Harty’s foods. Melanie makes a really great pepper jelly. Perfect sweetness and heat from the chillies and delicious with some of the breakfast ham we tried. What I liked about the jellies, along with the taste, was the colours of the jelly. They were crystal clear.
Ballymaloe Country Relish Their products are made down the road from Darina Allen’s famous cookery school. We have a couple of jars of their versatile relish which were looking forward to trying with lots of different dishes.
Dee’s Organic Wholefood Burgers Dee’s aim is to produce foods that are jam packed with the good stuff. Both her Omega burgers and spicy bean burgers appeared to be selling well at the Good Food Show. We are yet to try the ones we were given but I’m looking forward to trying them.
As well as the food stalls there were many hotels, guest houses and other accommodation being promoted on the stand. While Hubs has been to Ireland many a time with work I’m yet to visit and we’re now both thinking of popping over for a holiday in 2011. Many thanks to Tourism Ireland for inviting us both to the BBC Good Food Show.