Old Butter Roads Food Trail Festival
Launch April 29-30 in Blarney
A Food Festival to launch the Old Butter Roads Food Trails will take place in Blarney from 29/4 to 1/5 2017. The initiative is being developed by the producers, eateries and visitor attractions to celebrate the range of foods grown and produced in the Muskerry, Duhallow and Avondhu areas of County Cork. The idea started in Blarney through which the Old Butter Road used to bring produce from Kerry via Millstreet into the Butter Market in Shandon to serve the great maritime trade.
The Old Butter Roads Food Trail escorts visitors through the fertile valleys—the breadbasket of Co Cork—where the rich pasture lands provide the most wholesome and delicious dairy, meats, grains, fruit and vegetables in the country.
The Festival will start on Saturday 29/4 with butter making demonstrations at 12pm and 2pm at the Butter Museum. In Blarney there will be talks between 2pm of 4pm at the Hydro Farm Allotments near Tower on the importance of growing food. A pony and trap will leave the Hydro Farm Allotments to deliver milk churns, the symbols of the Old Butter Roads, to businesses involved in Blarney on the Saturday afternoon about 4pm and be displayed by businesses involved in the Food Trail throughout the year.
|Butter and Iron-age bread (by Declan Ryan)|
Michael Creed the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine will formally launch the Food Trail at the Church of Ireland, Blarney at 6pm on the Saturday, followed by food tasting from the producers and eateries of the trail.
On Sunday 30/4 there will be a ‘walk & talk’ with Tom O’Byrne at 2pm at the Clogheen Milken on the importance of the ecology. The Gab storytelling competition will take place at 3.30 in the Church of Ireland, followed by Smokin’ Good Time event at 6pm at the Old Blarney Post Office Café showcasing smoked produce of the area. Guest speakers include Tim McCarthy of Kanturk, Patrick Mulcahy of Ballinwillin House and Longueville Cider makers.
The Square Table restaurant Blarney will be hosting a food event at 8pm. It is a tasting menu which will showcase all the producers on the Old Butter Road Food Trail. The Farm in Grenagh is holding an open weekend with butter making demonstrations on Monday 1/5 – International Butter Day.
The Old Butter Roads Food Trail will host events in Kanturk, Macroom, Mallow and Mitchelstown in the following few months to celebrate the food and drink produce of the area.
For Further information Contact OldButterRoads@gmail.com
Maire ni Mhurchu Tricia Cronin Rupert Atkinson
Chairperson Secretary Mallow
Activity Days The Square Table Longueville House Beverages
Tim McCarthy Patrick Mulcahy Lenka Forrest
Kanturk Mitchelstown Treasurer
McCarthy’s Butchers Ballinwillin House The Old Blarney Post Office Cafe
12.00 & 2.30pm
Butter Making demonstration at Butter Museum, 1 O Connell Square Cork (beside Shandon Bells)at 12am and 2.30 pm (€4 entry)
Talks on growing foods at Hydro Allotments Blarney
Pony & Trap deliver butter churns to Blarney businesses, start at the Hydro Allotments and arrive in Blarney
Cobh Animations Ladies in the Square 5-7pm
Michael Creed the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine will formally launch the Food Trail at the Church of Ireland, Blarney at 6pm on the Saturday, followed by food tasting from the trail.
Film The Old Butter Roads by Jasper Wynn in garden of Old Post Office & food from members ( or Church of Ireland if raining)
Farm Grenagh Open day
Walk at Clogheen Milken Fenn with Tom o Byrne Ecologist on the importance of Balance of the Environment
Gab storytelling competition final on topic of ‘Old Butter Roads’ at the Church of Ireland Blarney organized by Toasmasters and the Gab. Free Event/donations
Smokin’ Good Time an event at the Old Blarney Post Office Café showcasing smoked produce from the Food Trail Area. Guest speakers amongst others include Tim McCasthy of Kanturk and master of the art of butchery and Patrick Mulcahy of Ballinwillin House. Delicious Longueville Cider will keep all refreshed.
Taste of the Old Butter Roads at the Square Table, Blarney (tasting menu showcasing all producers from the trail; pre booked €55)
Butter Day - Demonstration of Butter making at The Farm Grenagh all day
Week 1 May
Blarney Library - display of books on Cookery, Farming, Dairy Science and Old Ireland and Cookery Meeting to discuss cookery books on Wednesday am.
Thurs 4th Historical Society Magic, Faries and Stories at Secondary School