Cherished memories of Christmas cooking embodied in edible history will be displayed by a Tipperary producer at the second annual Bite Food Festival in the RDS between November 18-20
Bite 2016 will showcase the best of Ireland’s artisan food and drink producers to audiences of over 20,000 in the run-up to the Christmas season, and gives festivalgoers the chance to try their hands at making gourmet recipes at the Bite Cook Along classes.
Florrie Purcell, of The Scullery in Nenagh, will show how she has captured the essence of Christmas in her puddings, mincemeat, brandy butter and ham glaze, which are still made with the same recipe for over four generations of her family.
“While it is all about taste and texture, my products also evoke much-loved, happy memories of times past with loves ones. It’s about putting miles behind your smiles when eating,” she said.
“I spent many years cooking with my own mum Florrie at her AGA and have to say she has been my true inspiration.
“The Scullery traditionally was a room in the house where food was stored to keep fresh so in this vein, I’ve created a range that is totally free from artificial colours, flavours, preservatives, MSG or GM ingredients.
“The Scullery now works closely with some of the biggest food brands to come up with groundbreaking new ideas for a hungry market.
“We have built up an award-winning range including various sauces, pickles, relishes and Christmas plum puddings.”
Bite 2016 will feature top chefs and food experts as well as a huge range of producers, who are there to sell, sample and educate people about their unique products.
This year’s Festival will feature a range of winners from the Blas na hEireann Irish Food Awards, the biggest competition for quality Irish produce.
Bite 2016 takes place at the RDS Main Hall from November 18-20. Full details and booking can be found at www.bitefoodfestival.ie