International gastronomy centre launch at Boyne Valley Flavours’ Samhain Festival
THE end of the old Celtic calendar was marked last November with a move by Boyne Valley Flavours hosts, to bring the concept of a gastronomy centre into actual being.
Speaking to Pynck.com at the Samhain Food Festival based in Kells and Virginia in Meath Ireland, Rebecca Meade of marketing and public relations said that with around 20 different food producers, artisans and growers already involved the well developed concept was ready to launch in the region and beyond.
“The belief that between so many different areas from food education to agriculture to producing, everyone has the one vision that this can happen,” said Rebecca Meade. “We have the opportunity and the idea and we can make it happen.”
The nationwide Sheridan’s Cheesemongers is already a big part of the gastronomy centre concept along with Cork based couple John and Sally McKenna, founders of the renowned McKenna’s Guides to Ireland’s restaurants. Cork’s On the Pig’s Back artisan food producer and The Burren Smokehouse in County Clare have as well joined forces with Boyne Valley Flavours.
The Boyne Valley region covering Meath and Louth Ireland has long been synonymous with food production as far back as 10,000 years ago and the group intends to establish a permanent gastronomy centre within the region to welcome food and drink producers, chefs and the restaurant and accommodation industry.
Boyne Valley Flavours is currently chaired by Bronagh Conlon, Listoke Distillery & Gin School in Louth: “We are launching the concept of the gastronomy centre, which we did at a (Samhain Festival) symposium with Paolo Ferrerani of the University of Gastronomic Science in Pollenzo Italy. We also had Asier Alea, director of Global Development at Basque Culinary Centre in San Sebastian Spain and Devenish Nutrition.
“Samhain itself is the end of summer, the start of winter so we were celebrating all that is food and also all that is the landscape,” Bronagh Conlon added. “It is regional (food) but also national and this year for the first time we launched the international element. Everyone is coming together and Boyne Valley Flavours wants to work together and help each other. It really brings through the passion.”
For information about Boyne Valley Flavours and international gastronomy see https://www.boynevalleyflavours.ie.
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