The one common ground between all these entrepreneurs is their love and passion for what they are producing. As I spoke with many involved they all claimed that their business's are doing fairly well, even tough it is a lot of hard work they are seeing a good return. I would love to see more of these such days organised as it highlights the wonderful producers and local products that are available in the Midlands. I think it is so important to do our part and support local businesses, whether it is heading to the local Farmer's Market on a Saturday morning or picking up a locally made apple tart in the supermarket, we can all help to keep Irish jobs and businesses strong!
Paddy O' Connell had his Granola for sale which is delicious. This guy set up his business while still at college!
This is some of the cheese that Mossfield Organic Farm had to offer. Mossfield Organic Farm is located six miles from Birr in County Offaly at the foot of the Sleive Bloom Mountains. In 2005 Ralph Haslam began producing an organic gouda type cheese which has since gone on to win many awards. There is always some Mossfield Cheese in my fridge-it is one of my favourite cheeses as it is so tasty and versitile.
Ballyshiel is a family run business based in Ferbane, Co. Offaly. They spesialise in a luxurious range of speciality confectionery and chocolates which are all hand made to a truly authentic family recipe. Their latest product is a speciality Hot Chocolate made with pure chocolate(52%) and not a trace of hydronated fats which are associated with many other varieties. If you like a real choclate treat this is a real luxury product!
There were also some of Tullamore's finest restaurant giving out samples of their dishes. This is Sirocco's Italian Restaurant which have won many awards and have a fantastic take away menu.
Lough Boora Farm had a beautiful display of organic fruit and veg.
Yaadgar Indian Restaurant were giving out samples of some of their delicious dishes.
This is Orla Clancy from Clanwood Farm.Until 5 years ago herself and her husband had a dry stock farm then they decided to go Organic and started selling beef direct from their farm as well as eggs, soups, hummus and pesto. All that and a young family - truly amazing!
I still have some of Derryvilla Blueberries in my freezer from last year but I picked up a bottle of their blueberry tonic which is a wonderful, natural vitamin supplement.
Coolfin Gardens Organic Bakery had an impressive selection of fresh breads.Yvonne Carty from the boutique catering business, Hey Pesto! gave two cookery demos and produced a three course meal using all local ingredients. I had a taste after the demo and each dish was scrumptious.
Well done to all involved who made this such a sucessful event!