I have just returned from the Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal full of enthusiasm & love for my country, its people & the fruits of its land. Donal Doherty, the person behind this event is an inspiration in himself. Championing his restaurant- Harry’s Restaurant in Bridgend, he has managed to live up to a philosophy that many aspire to- that is to source everything locally on the Inishowen peninsula. There are many more experienced bloggers there who have written detailed accounts of the weekend so I am going to keep mine brief and give you what were for me, the top ten highlights of the event:
1.Darren Bradley’s Pizza: because the amazing pizza (my favourite was the potato & rosemary) from his wood fired oven in his garden was delicious but, just as importantly, the warmth of his hospitality was remarkable
2.Linsfort Castle’s Warm & Cosy kitchen: amhránaíocht ar an Sean-nós agus scéatla na seanachaí and a big bowl of venison stew.
3.Ed Hick’s Black Pudding Demonstration: because he himself is a fantastic presenter but also because having had gasps of horror from the audience when he tasted the raw mix, he managed to inspire most to taste it themselves!
4. David Tiernan’s Glebe Brethan Cheese Talk: because he is a passionate artisan producer who spoke from the heart (but also because I love his cheese and he is also from the Wee County :0) )
5. TJ Crowe, Jack McCarthy & Ed Hick’s Pork Curing Hand On: Because I love to get stuck in and because I now have some belly of pork curing in my fridge!
6. Imen McDonnell’s Farmhouse Butter Making: Inspiring ideas for making it, compounding it with other interesting ingredients & presenting it beautifully
7. Harry’s Restaurant Marathon Tasting Menu: Seaweed bread, trio of terrines, breaded langoustine & cognac bisque, prawn scampi, salted cod fishcakes, pork belly, venison carpaccio, chocolate, mint & pistachio black pudding, shin beef ravioli with wild garlic, horseradish & celeriac cream (my favourite!) and whiskey cheesecake. Note:This is not the whole menu, but my personal highlights.
8. The Hard Work and Effort of Kirstin & Caroline from the IFBA: You’ve got to hand it to them. That is all.
9. Meeting all the other Foodies in Person : Great to meet Twitter friends in person and talk about food, eat food and dream food all weekend!
10. Winning a Hamper in the Raffle: because I have never won anything in a raffle before :0)
Great blogs on Inishfood here: