“Tum Ease” is Listowel Judges’ Cup of Tea

press release
Kerry’s “Tum Ease” is Judges’ Cup of Tea
at 2017 Best Emerging Artisan Food Product Competition

Listowel Arms Head Chef Mary Julian
now has hard task of feeding the winners on gala awards night
“Tum Ease”, a tea to support good digestive health and well being by the Busy Botanist, has been announced as the winner of the 2017 Listowel Food Fair Best Emerging Artisan Food Product Competition which is sponsored by Kerry LEO.  The Glenbeigh company was established earlier this year by best friends and master herbalists, Clair Kelly and Jo Arbon.  

The overall winner of the Kerrygold Listowel Food Fair Cheese Competition is a garlic and thyme flavoured goats’ cheese by Cordal.  Visitors to the 23rd Listowel Food Fair will have an opportunity to taste the award winning cheese in Garvey’s Supervalu, the official festival partner for 2017 who will host a Spin Southwest outside broadcast on Saturday 11 November.

Other Kerry winners include a gluten free soda bread by Wellness Bakery in Listowel, a honey and mustard dressing by Camos Bistro in Cahersiveen, Dingle Sushi and strained kefir.  Other cheeses that received awards were made by Cork’s Bo Rua Farm, Coolea Farmhouse and Bluebell Falls, Cooleeney Farm in Co Tipperary and Co Limerick’s O Brien’s Farm.  Shannon Riva IPA by Treaty City Brewery in Limerick was also successful in the beverage category.

Listowel Arms’ Hotel head Chef, Mary Julian, is now tasked with creating a sumptuous menu incorporating the winning products to serve at a gala awards’ dinner on Friday 10 November.  The evening is an annual highlight in the Listowel Food Fair calendar as is opening night which takes place on Thursday 9 November. Following a welcome address by Jimmy Deenihan who will invite 2017 Rose of Tralee, Jennifer Byrne, to formally open proceedings, the traditional cookery demonstration will commence.  TV3 presenter and actor, Simon Delaney, will join local Flogas Ambassador and Sunday AM regular, Lizzy Lyons, from Lizzy’s Little Kitchen on the Flogas demo stage.  The duo will prepare dishes from Simon’s recently published cookbook, “Simply Simon’s: The Diner Cookbook” for VIP chef’s table guests, 2017 Rose of Tralee, Jennifer Byrne, and Kerry team nutritionist, Kevin Beasley.  The proceeds from this year’s opening night raffle will go to nominated charity, Nano Nagle.

Jimmy Deenihan, chairman of the organising committee said, “We are tremendously excited about this year’s programme.  It is an opportunity to showcase Listowel’s culinary attributes locally and further afield.  We look forward to extending a warm welcome to familiar faces and making new friends from November 9th – 12th.  With something for food and drink lovers of all ages to enjoy, Listowel is the perfect food destination this November.”  

Other events on this year’s programme include a morning of talks for secondary school students, a farmers’ market, a children’s baking workshop, a guided taste trail, a literary whiskey tasting and a workshop about herbs with expert Greta McCarthy, author of “Greta’s Herbs, Growing Wild in the West of Ireland.”  For up to date details about the full programme of events, visit the Listowel Food Fair Facebook page orwww.listowelfoodfair.ie

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