An enchanting time in Ireland’s Ancient East, Boyne Valley Food Series is tapping into the magic of midsummer with a line-up of events in June that have a special appeal for families and food enthusiasts.
The Boyne Valley was crowned a Foodie Destination in 2016 and A Taste of Ireland’s Ancient East, which is part of the Irish Maritime Festival taking place at Drogheda Port on the 10th and 11th of June.
Over the two days foodies can expect displays, tastings and demonstrations, including by food writer and TV chef Tara Walker who will reveal her favourite local ingredients, as well as a food market with hot food stalls, and local drinks, such as the new triple-casked Slane Irish Whiskey.
The first Kells Hinterland Festival take place between the 22nd and 25th of June, with numerous events planned over the weekend celebrating literature and the arts, a number of which are food-related.
Firstly, wine writer Tomás Clancy will host an evening of wine tasting, titled The Wine Geese, at the Vanilla Pod restaurant on the 22nd of June. The event combines wine tasting with a retelling of the story of the impact of Irish winemakers and merchants on the wine industry in France and beyond.
On the 23rd of June, next door in the Kelltic Courtyard, sisters Judith, a beer sommelier, and Susan Boyle will present a fun, 90-minute tasting event Tales of Ales that includes beers and tapas.
For younger food fans, a Junior Big Irish Food Quiz on 25th of June will see Fáilte Ireland food champions Olivia Duff and Jacinta Dalton test participants on their food knowledge.
Just a sample of what’s lined up for the Kells Hinterland Festival, you can see the full programme is at www.hinterland.ie.
The mythological lands of Dowth are playing host to a Solstice At The Henge event on Saturday the 17th of June. This fun and educational, all-ages family day will involve storytelling, Neolithic farming demonstrations and archeological digging lessons. Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic and can sample treats from artisan food producers from the Boyne Valley on the day. To book tickets visit www.eventbrite.ie.
Mid-summer’s day falls on the 24th of June when the Meath Food Safari will embark on a guided bus tour from the Conyngham Arms in Slane, Co Meath, to take in visits to four artisan food producers including The Whole Hoggs, Cockagee Cider, Boyne Valley Farmhouse Cheese and Newgrange Gold Oils, finishing with a barbecue of produce at Boyle’s Pub back in Slane.
Finally, a quirky Victorian Afternoon Tea & Lawn Tennis takes place on Sunday the 25th of June, which will see Listoke Distillery & Tea Rooms taken over for an afternoon of Victorian outfits, lawn tennis and sipping gin and tonics with afternoon tea. To book email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can find the full programme for Boyne Valley Food Series 2017 at www.boynevalleyfoodseries.ie.