May 01, 2015

The Boyne Valley Food Series 2015

So I know I haven't blogged in a really loooog time so hopefully noone totally dismisses this post as spam! Life got a bit hectic and the blog took a bit of a backseat but I'm hoping to fix all that in the next while. My plans however may be scuppered for a little while though with the impending arrival of baby number 1. So please forgive me in advance!

What better way to start back afresh though than with the announcement of the return of the 3rd Boyne Valley Food Series which kicks off this weekend!  For the last two years this wonderful series of events has turned the summer season into one full of food trails, festivals, farmers markets and fun. Personally it has allowed me to discover a whole new side to the county that I call home and its neighbour, Louth. 

Over 40 food events will take place over a 5 month period from May to September across almost 50 venues & locations throughout the Boyne Valley region. This  year the series will include foraging, farm walks, beer tastings and tapas trails, but also some more unusual events, such as a Mad Hatter’s Dinner Party, Braveheart Banquet and Gourmet Electric Bike Tour, and no less than 6 festivals.

Speaking at the launch of this year’s programme of events, food writer John McKenna said;“This is an inspired idea…the range of events, covering every aspect of food, cooking and artisanship in the region, reveals the rich fabric of its culinary creativity and reflects the seasons as the year unfolds. Nobody else has ever organised a festival of food in this way, as a series of stand-alone and yet related events with food at the centre of everything, and it’s a great tribute to the Boyne Valley area that they have such a wealth of local food and creativity to offer to locals and visitors as part of the Boyne Valley Food Series”

So let's have a look at May. May offers 2 festivals; the Seafood Festival in Kells and the Sheridan Irish Food Festival, as well as a craft beer & food pairing at Bru Brewery and a Dawn Chorus & Artisan Breakfast with Birdwatch Meath and Newgrange Gold farm. There are also three walks happening; an Orchard Blossom Walk, a Walk, Talk and Taste with McCormack Farms and a Farm Walk & Angus Steak Dinner at Donegans. I'm off to two of the walks so I'll blog about those in a few days but here's last year's blog post about the Craft Beer and Food Pairing at Bru Brewery. It was well worth going to and I'm looking forward to a bottle of BrĂș Rua in a few weeks time!!

Have a fab May Bank Holiday Weekend and if you go to any of the events during the month I'd love to know what you thought of them.

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