Munster Wine & Dine Reminder on upcoming events 2017

Dear MWDC Members

I hope you're all enjoying the long weekend! 

Just a quick reminder that our first official event of 2017 is happening this Wednesday 22nd March with a Trip to Barry's Tea including a tour of the plant and tea tasting with Tony Barry. 

This is a free event, but numbers are extremely limited. We do have a couple of spaces left, so can you let me know if you'd like to join us? 

We will meet in the car park at Barry's Tea on the Kinsale Road at 2.15 pm

And don't forget the next event to mark in the diary is the trip to Kinsale on Friday April 21st late afternoon/evening which will include a tour of "Black’s Brewery" and tasting of their craft beer and gin, followed by an aperitif pit-stop in "The Spaniard" before dinner in "Man Friday" prepared by the younger generation in the long-established restaurant. Full details (time, meeting point and price) to be announced shortly.  

We look forward to seeing some of you on Wednesday for a spot of tea! 

All the best
Beverley 

MWDC Branch Secretary

Munster Wine & Dine Dates for 2017

Thanks to everyone who came to the 2017 Programme Launch in The Club Brasserie on Wednesday 15th February. It was great to see so many members out and many people signing up for another exciting year of events.  

The evening kicked off with a prosecco reception, courtesy of Gary O’Donovan, followed by a presentation by Cal McCarthy, from Clonakilty Black Pudding and a series of tasty tapas-style dishes expertly prepared by The Club Brasserie kitchen. Each dish was accompanied by news of an event already confirmed in the calendar- see calendar of events below. As usual Billy Lyons has captured the evening wonderfully in his blog, which you can read for yourself here: http://www.corkbilly.com/2017/02/munster-wine-dine-2017-launch-at-club.html  

2017 Programme: 
Wednesday 22nd March/Afternoon: Trip to Barry's Tea with Tour of Plant and Tasting with Tony Barry Numbers are extremely limited, so if you'd like to join up for this event, send an email expressing your interest. Full details (time, meeting point and price) to be announced shortly.  

Friday April 21st Late Afternoon/Evening Trip to Kinsale (Blacks Brewery/The Spaniard/Man Friday
Tour of "Black’s Brewery" and tasting of their craft beer and gin, followed by an aperitif pit-stop in "The Spaniard" before dinner in "Man Friday" prepared by the younger generation in the long-established restaurant. Full details (time, meeting point and price) to be announced shortly. 

Wednesday May 24th Super-Valu Wine Selection Panel in L'Atitude 51 
Tasting with Super-Valu's Top Buyer Kevin O'Callaghan. Kevin will present some of Super Valu's proposed new wines in a fun tasting where the MWDC members will form a Selection Panel and see what choosing wine for a large scale wine retailer is like. Full details (time, meeting point and price) to be announced shortly.  

Friday 7th July. Midsummer Trip - a day out in West Cork to Gubbeen Farm in Schull. The Ferguson family have worked Gubbeen Farm for many generations and are well known for their cheese, salami and, more recently, knife-making! Our hosts will be Fingal and his sister Clovis who will lead us on a tour of the farm, tell us about the cheese, the smokehouse where they produce chorizo, salami and more, and about the knife-making for which they are building quite a reputation. We will finish off the day with a special farmhouse dinner prepared by Clovis. Full details (time, meeting point and price) to be announced shortly.  
   
Saturday 16th September Walking tour of Cork's historical food sites and lunch in Jacques Bistro. Cork Billy will lead the tour around some of Cork's best-loved food sites, including the Coal Quay and Shandon, areas long associated with Cork food. We'll finish off the tour with a late leisurely lunch in Jacques where the menu may well feature some tastes that hark back to  "the good old days"! Full details (time, meeting point and price) to be announced shortly.  
     
Sunday 19th November Sunday Lunch in The Long Room in Ballymaloe 
We'll close out the year in style with a trip east to Ballymaloe for Sunday lunch in the famous Long Room. You'll be free to take a walk in the gardens beforehand and there'll be some local producers on hand to give a tasting/presentationFull details (time, meeting point and price) to be announced shortly.  

This is a programme that we feel offers something for everyone. Details for some of the events still need to be finalised (dates times of some of the events for the latter part of the year may be subject to change) , but we think that 2017 is going to be very exciting for MWDC members! Please note that spaces are quite limited for some events, so if you are interested in attending any of them, our advice is to sign up early. But please don't hold spaces if you think you may not be able to attend.

We'd like to thank Beth and Harold and all the team in Club Brasserie for hosting a fantastic launch, to Gary O'Donovan for the prosecco reception and to Cal McCarthy for his presentation on Clonakilty Black Pudding.  

For anyone who wasn't able to make it to the launch, membership renewal forms and cheques can be sent to: The MWDC C/O L'Atitude 51, 1 Union Quay, Cork. The deadline for renewing is March 8th. Per my previous mail, we are capping membership numbers at 70 for this year, so once all existing members, who wish to renew, have renewed, we will open up subscriptions to new members.     

We look forward to seeing you at one of our next events! 

All the best 
Beverley 
MWDC Secretary    

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