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Three Clare producers make Blas na hÉireann finals

THREE Clare food producers have made it to this year’s finals of the Blas na hÉireann food awards. The finalists shortlisted from Clare across a range of categories are Meere’s Pork Products, The Burren Butcher and St. Tola Cheese. The Burren Butcher, aka Neil Hawes, has operated as an artisan butcher since 2008 and specialises in local Burren meat. He was nominated for his six ounce steak burgers. Neil sells from a pop-up stall at his home in Lisdoonvarna and is also to be found at Ballyvaughan Farmers Market. Meere’s Pork Products have made it to the finals for the first time and have been nominated for their sausages. The family have been making award-winning pork products since 1975 from their base on the outskirts of Quin. They were awarded Dunne’s small producer of the year in 2017 for their contribution to the ‘Simply Better’ range. We are absolutely over the moon … for the first time and after some …

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St Tola welcomes cheese-lovers

THROUGHOUT May, as part of the recently launched Discover Farmhouse Cheese programme, farmhouse cheesemakers around the country will be opening their doors and gates to the Irish public. The next visit in the Bord Bia series will take place on May 13 at St Tola Goat Farm,  Maurice Mills. The St Tola goat farm visit will feature a talk about the different breeds of goats, feed procedures, milking, the history of cheesemaking in Ireland, the history of the farm and St Tola cheese. There will then be a demonstration of cheese-making and all visitors can taste the cheeses made at St Tola goat farm. The Discover Farmhouse Cheese programme, an EU co-funded campaign organised by Bord Bia, is a celebration of farmhouse cheese in Ireland. Bord Bia is encouraging the public to discover the unique character of the individual cheeses and how products are produced on the farm, the transparency of the supply chain and the story of the makers …

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