A Celebration of Milleens Farmhouse Cheese

 Media Release
The Cork Character Café Series
supported by Taste Cork
 A Celebration of Milleens Farmhouse Cheese
 a Veronica Steele Creation
From Monday 24th – Sunday 30th April, The Cork Character Café Series comes to life and joins Taste Cork in celebrating and honouring the lifetime achievements of Veronica Steele, a woman who lived vivaciously, inspiring the Irish farmhouse cheese movement.
Veronica Steele, a true visionary of her time, chiselled a culture and history of farmhouse cheesemaking into not only the bedrock of West Cork, but into the very heart of our nation’s food heritage. 
In recalling the journey and evolution of Milleens Cheese in 1986, Veronica Steele writes, “Milleens is no longer lonely as a cloud but forms a nucleus for the whole new industry in both farmhouse and, dare I say it, factory. A generation of new cheeses has developed in its wake. A dream is being realized.”
Even then, Veronica possessed a profound understanding of the potential for Irish farmhouse cheese and recalls, “On first meeting with Declan Ryan, some eight years ago, we discussed the future and I confided in him a dream or ambition that in twenty years time Ireland would have a genuine regional cheese industry to be proud of…”
And how right she was. 
The Cork Character Café Series, led by owner of URRU Bandon and Failte Ireland food champion, Ruth Healy, aims to gradually build consumer awareness of what makes Cork food ‘Cork’ and to promote where people can access Cork food in its most authentic form. Throughout the year, the cafés will champion various themes in order to effectively showcase the outstanding variety of producers in Cork.
Ruth Healy comments “Cork excels at food production and casual eating. We are growing a community of cafes that personify Cork’s food and hospitality personality. We tell the Cork food story collectively as well as individually on a daily basis. Our aim is to create more visitor awareness of and ease of access to distinctive Cork regional, casual food experiences.”
Across the week, participating cafés will share their stories and fond memories of Veronica Steele and Milleens Cheese, and showcase the cheese across their menus and in signature dishes. 
Urru Culinary Store, Bandon will be showcasing Milleens with an Open Sandwich Special (featuring Milleens, Spiced Nuts, Wild Fruit Cheese with local Picalilli and Spring Greens). There will also be daily Milleens cheese tastings and serving suggestions.

Further Participant Details for Milleens Week, 24th – 30th April 2017
The Sandwich Stall at the English Market: A special Milleens sandwich.
Toonsbridge Café, Macroom:  A Milleens salad.
Kalbos Café, Skibbereen: A special Milleens dish which changes daily throughout the week. 
Alis Kitchen, Cork City: Dish details to be confirmed.
Nash 19, Cork City: A Cork cheeseboard featuring Milleens, Gubbeen and Ardsallagh cheese, served with homemade oat biscuits & Nash Fig Confit. Milleens will also feature on the Nash 19 producer tasting plate. 
Diva Boutique Café, Ballinspittle: On offer in the deli, as well as a special Milleens mini cheese board on the café menu.
The Stuffed Olive, Bantry: Milleens Cheese & Apple Scones; Milleens Cheese, Beetroot & Pea Tart; and a Smoked Salmon & Milleens Cheese Sandwich.
Mannings Emporium, Bantry: Milleens will be showcased as part of their tapas menu, and tastings of Milleens available throughout the week. 
The Lemon Leaf Café, Kinsale: Dish details to be confirmed. 
The Café at Stephen Pearce Pottery, Shanagarry: Milleens Cheese Bruschetta with Roasted Pear & Caramelised Walnuts served with Ballymaloe Cookery School Salad Leaves.
On the Pigs Back, Douglas: Details to be confirmed.

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