Enjoyed a pleasant stroll around the Blarney farmers market in the Grounds of the Blarney Woollen Mills Hotel yesterday.

This market is not all about food and has a few craft stalls. One that catches the ear as much as the eye is Windwalker. You will hear the music of the flute as you approach.

Windwalker (021 4874851 and 086 8168652) makes North American Indian style flutes and crafts, including handmade elk and deer hide moccasins and boots, even feather earrings.

Angel Foods are a stall new to me and here I was challenged to try out one of their baking mixes. Having tasted a few samples, I picked Spiced Oat and Sultana Cookies, enough to make 18. The 560 gram pack costs €4.99. I’ll let you know how I get on!

Also met an “old" friend in Manning Emporium’s stand and left with some Jack McCarthy’s Black Pudding and also some Dunmanus cheese, made by one of West Cork’s leading artisans exclusively for Manning’s.

The Dunmanus was quickly pressed into service as part of an impromptu lunch in the back garden. The other ingredients were Janet’s Country Fayre Wine and Cheese Chutney (bought in Midleton’s Pantry) and the Arbutus Bread Company’s Brown loaf (bought early that morning in O’Keeffe’s Grocery Store in St Luke’s). Buy Irish, but local!

By the way, wasn't Declan Ryan of the Arbutus lucky not to be directly involved in that fatal boat accident in South America?

Back to Manning’s who have announced that they will hold the West Cork Food and Drink Fair on the 18th and 19th of June. If you are in the West Cork, even if you aren’t, that should be worth a visit. More details here