Last Saturday myself and the mammy-in-law (kinda) trotted off to Newbridge House in Donabate for the second edition of Flavours of Fingal. The event offers a showcase of some of best companies in Fingal, including a lot of the producers I’m very keen on. It’s organised by Fingal County Council and I can imagine pulling it together made for a lot of stress and a lot of grey hairs… Nonetheless – it was superbly organised and a lot of fun!
After struggling a bit to get parked and taking the shuttle bus down, we wondered around the area with dog-agility shows and cattle. Amazing how wee cute Jack Russel’s jump through all the hoops and tunnels! The cattle were rather impressive as well – one enormous Belgian Blue could fit about 7 of me!
After that we strolled towards the walled garden, passed the education stands (which included Irish wildlife, falconry and fish) and went to visit the local producers of Fingal. My all time favourites were all present:
- Clarke’s Fresh Fruit from down the road here in Stamullen,
- Donnelly’s Fresh Food,
- Country Crest
- and Keogh’s farm
(Yes – I know my potato bias is showing here!)
We tried some of the new Keogh’s Sweet Chili crisps and were asked to give the Country Crest mascot a new name (I couldn’t come up with anything remotely original – but the good people over on their facebook page are much better at it than I am!). I also got a lovely new pair of potato scrubbers and took home 2 of the Country Crest New Irish potato boxes, which were only delicious! After that we stocked up on strawberries and got the fantastic fruit platter from Keeling’s – which is widely available in Tesco’s nationwide and definitely worth the fiver.
The walled area of Newbridge house really makes for a nice setting – especially with foodstands left and right and with live music playing. We were in for a treat with Pat Collins Gypsy Jazz band playing the perfect background music. After a yummy crepe from (um) Mr. Crepe, we got talking to a lovely chap from Donnelly’s who gave me one of their new Stir Fry sets to take home and try.
So – a quick stir-fry did indeed ensue and it’s yum! We tried the Oyster & Soy Noodle kit, added some chicken, spicy peppers and broccoli and I can testify its goodness! So grab yourself one of their new range kits when you get the chance!
We really enjoyed the day out – somehow the weather was with us on this one too – and I’m looking forward to next years edition! Thanks Fingal Co.Co and all the producers for providing a fantastic event!