Foodies from far and wide were given the chance to savour the flavours of the Boyne Valley region yesterday at the launch of a new brand of that name at a special reception in Charlotte Quay Bar and restaurant in Dublin.
Why the organisers chose to hold the launch of the Boyne Valley Flavours brand in a venue that is just a stone’s throw from the River Liffey when there are plenty of fine venues in the Boyne Valley region itself is not exactly clear but presumably the idea was to attract visitors from the capital.
Be that as it may, this new brand, along with the appointment of a dedicated Food Development Officer, Tara Smith, and the establishment of a regional Food Network, are all instrumental in aligning the Boyne Valley region’s food and drinks initiatives, including the popular Boyne Valley Food Series.
Bronagh Conlon, owner of Listoke Distillery and Gin School and Chairperson of Discover Boyne Valley Flavours, said: ‘it’s a great achievement from all involved to get to where we are today.
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“The establishment of our new brand shows just how much growth and collaboration has happened over the past five years with the Boyne Valley Food Series. It’s fantastic to see more and more events every year becoming part of the Food Series calendar, a whole network of passionate food and drinks producers working together and of course, our new brand under which it all now falls’.
Foodie writers and bloggers, among them the Hill-of-Rath based bloggers Russell Alford and Patrick Hanlon who cover all things food, travel and Eurovision on their popular site www.gastrogays.com were treated to dishes created by Charlotte Quay’s head chef Killian Durkin using Boyne Valley produce.
They included culinary delights such as Boyne Valley Blue filo tarts, Hugh Maguire Butcher’s smoked black pudding croquettes, PermaPig’s olive fed pork, Boyne Grove Fruit Farm compote and much more.
Attendees also got to hear more about the 2018 Boyne Valley Food Series of events. From food festivals and weekend farm retreats, to street feasts and food safaris, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this year’s calendar of events.
There are over 45 experience-lead events, which will celebrate the land, the heritage, the people and the produce of the Boyne Valley region with events running right throughout the year.
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