A Taste of Lough Derg 2018
Once again this summer season sees a range of food and food tourism events taking place all around the Lough Derg area. We are very fortunate to live in such a wonderful area and recently many of the promoters who operate along the Lough Derg Blueway gathered together in the majestic sunshine in the even more majestic Portumna Castle to launch this year’s programme. Events this summer include Tapas Nights, Meet the Cheesemaker, Yoga in Nature, Chocolate Making and Mindful Bread Making!
Here at Fuchsia Lane Farm we are delighted to be hosting Mindful Bread Making which is being run in conjunction with our son and his new business, Abbey Bread. He recently won the National Student Enterprise Award for this venture and we hope you all get to enjoy some of this famous bread here on August 2nd.
The Taste of Lough Derg 2018 programme was launched by Sinead Hennessy, Failte Ireland’s Food Tourism Officer as well as Mr Joe McGrath, chairman of the Lough Derg Marketing Group.
A Summer Series of Food Events as A Taste of Lough Derg Returns
Food producers and restaurant owners surrounding Lough Derg Lakelands have joined forces once again this summer in an effort to promote the region as a food tourism destination. A Taste of Lough Derg returns for a third year this June and features over 30 food events taking place in villages and towns along the shores of Lough Derg in counties Clare, Galway and Tipperary until late September.
The calendar of events has been coordinated by the Lough Derg Marketing Group in conjunction with the food businesses in the region and was launched recently by culinary icon Peter Ward from Country Choice Nenagh and The Milk Market in Limerick.
Speaking at the launch of programme Mr Ward commented that “It’s great to see businesses working in collaboration around Lough Derg. Cross selling, buying local produce, and shopping locally are key drivers in supporting the local economy. Creating events that will entice visitors into our towns and villages during the summer months is a key objective of A Taste of Lough Derg”
There’s an exciting programme of events for 2016 aimed at attracting new visitors to the region and providing them with a memorable food experience. It’s an opportunity to showcase the food produce in the area, some of the quality artisan food producers and established restaurants. Some of the highlights of the 2016 programme include the chance to meet a Beekeeper, take a trip on a kayak, walk some of the Lough Derg Way, experience the work inside a woollen mills, cookery and baking demonstrations and lots more.
For more information and to download the brochure click here
Take a break!
If you wish to take a break, then The Cottage Cafe and Tea Rooms is worth a visit. It is situated the tiny village of Loughmore, Co Tipperary, between the towns of Thurles and Roscrea. It is a community owned and operated cooperative , selling local produce, arts & crafts – including home made breads, cakes & confectionery, jams, conserves, honey, locally grown vegetables and basic groceries, sweets and ices, plus sundry items. The tearooms provide a warm and welcoming haven for every customer, where you can sit, chat & enjoy wholesome, nutritious food, most of it sourced locally. The Cottage Market in the garden on the first Sunday of every month from 12.00am to 3pm.
The cooperative venture was initiated due to the lack of a shop in the village and is the brainchild of two local women, Mary Fogarty and Meave O’Hehir, who shared a passion for their community and the need to provide a local service to counter rural isolation and help maintain a ‘sense of place’ locally The Cottage Cafe has won numerous awards and commendations in 2014 it was awarded Best Cafe in the Country by the Irish Times Newspaper.
Well worth a detour if you are travelling to Fuchsia Lane Farm from the Dublin, Kilkenny, or Cork side of the country! If you are staying with us then include it on your trip to Roscrea, The Devils Bit, Holycross or The Rock of Cashel
Throughout the months of June, July, August and September a series of food events will take place to showcase some of the food being produced in the Lough Derg Lakelands region. From chocolate making to cheese tastings, the events will be enjoyable, educational and open to everyone. Make the most of this opportunity to explore the Lough Derg area while getting a taste of it at the same time!
This is the second year of A Taste Of Lough Derg and it involves the coming together of various businesses around Lough Derg to highlight the food produce from the area through a series of food events over the Summer. The calendar of events is packed with a great choice for both locals and visitors to choose from. Here’s the list of the enthusiastic foodies from Lough Derg who are involved:
• Killeen Cheese, Portumna
• Paddy’s Bar, Terryglass
• Wood Brothers Cafe, Killaloe
• Le Bouchon Restaurant, Portumna
• Cais Na Tire, Terryglass
• The Derg Inn, Terryglass
• Coolbawn Quay & Tipperary Food Producers
• Brookfield Farm, Coolbawn
• Wilde Irish Chocolates, Tuamgraney
• Larkin’s Bar, Garrykennedy
• Dromineer Village
• Tuscany Bistro, Ballina
• Scarriff Harbour Festival
• East Clare Community Co-op
• The Ring of Lough Derg BBQ
• Flanagans on The Lake, Ballina
• The Washer Woman, Ballina
• Lakeside Hotel, Ballina/Killaloe
• The Brasserie @ Annacarriga, Killaloe