So it’s been ages since my last post, oops!! But I do have good reason, work
has been non-stop recently so only this weekend am I finally managing to
have a breather, phew! Although I was working all of the bank holiday weekend
last week, it was not the run of the mill type of work – we were at Bloom! This is
my favourite show every year, Bord Bia put on an amazing show in the food village
and I love having a wander down to the show gardens to have a peek too!
Although the weather wasn’t as good this year as recent years (Sunday felt like we
had fast forward to October!), it was still as brilliant as ever. It’s great fun chatting
to people when exhibiting but I have to say it’s a very tiring 5 days. By the time I
got home every evening, after being on my feet talking all day, I would just
collapse into a post-Bloom coma type state on the sofa! The best thing about it
though is being surrounded by such fabulous Irish food producers. Seeing and
tasting all the delicious food on offer makes me really proud to be part of the
Irish food industry. Our neighbour during the show was Hick’s pork butchers
and I spent a large proportion of the weekend living off their unbelievable sausages –
from cajun to bratwurst to boerwors to wine & garlic to greek to italian – the range of
amazingly tasty sausages was huge! I happily brought a different pack home each night
to quickly devour. My favourite I think were the rashages – sausages made
predominantly with rashers, completely awesome! AND not forgetting the show
stopper – Ed Hick’s famous Bacon Jam!
This is pretty iconic stuff! A bacon relish which is so addictive you’d have it
with almost anything, Ed even had us eating it with vanilla ice-cream – a very
wacky but amazing taste sensation!
And when the sun came out, I headed straight over to one of my favourite Irish
brands – Glenilen Farm – for some frozen yogurt with berry compote. I am so
addicted to their yogurt I’m known to go through a whole large tub in one sitting,
it’s just so good! At Bloom they also banged out some delicious homemade
lemonade and here’s the lovely Tadhg serving it out to the masses..
All in all a really great show and one that I’m only just recovering from!
Oh and one of the highlights was An Taoiseach coming over to us to have a
chat about Kooky Dough, you can see the great pic we managed to get on the