There are plenty of foraging and wild food trails happening for this year’s National Heritage Week. Why not get out and learn how to forage just like our ancestors did. Learn how to identify, preserve and cook edible plants and fauna in Lisdoonvarna in Co. Clare. Discover edible, medicinal plants as part of Loughrea Medieval Festival in Mayo. Hear about the health benefits of wild food in a talk in Edenderry Library in Offaly, take a tour on of an apple orchard at UCD in Dublin or learn about chef Dorothy O'Tuama brown bread recipe in Macroom Cork. There’s lots more happening nationwide to get you started on your wild food journey.
Want to learn some new skills like beekeeping or baking? Get a more hands-on experience at food demonstrations and workshops happening around the country. Here are some highlights.
Heritage Style Famers Market –King House, Boyle, Meath
19, 26 August, 10am - 2pm
Head to the Heritage Style Famers Market in Boyle for an ‘auld style’ theme to include cultural food demonstrations from bygone years. There will be plenty of cookery demonstrations, plant swapping, seed spreading and a High Nellie bike display.
From Grain to Loaf – Martry Mill, Meath
19 August, 11am - 5pm
Fancy yourself a bit of a bread maker well Martry Mill is hosting an open day that will give the public the opportunity to see inside the historic local building and witness the traditional craft of milling up close. In addition to tours, there will be a bread baking competition at 3pm; those who wish to partake simply must bake a loaf of brown bread at home, bring it to the mill and have it judged by James and a special guest judge
Food and Eating in Prehistory – Cork Public Museum, Cork
19 August, 12pm - 4pm
There will be hands-on sessions with butter churning and pre-historic bread tasting at the Cork Public Museum also including demonstrations on how archaeologists reconstruct life and diet from the analysis of animal bones and cereal finds.
Guided Tour: Tea & Home Baking – Castlecoote House, Roscommon
19 - 26 August, 3pm - 5pm
Enjoy a tour of Castlecoote House, followed by tea and home baking. Built on the grounds of a ruined 16th-century castle, the house has been lovingly restored by local craftsmen over the past 20 years.
Smoked Salmon and Beer Tasting – Burren Smokehouse & Burren Storehouse, Clare
20 August, 1pm - 2:30pm
What could sound tastier? Discover the mystery of traditional salmon smoking and taste the salmon. Then, in the Burren Storehouse, enjoy a Burren Brewery beer tasting. Learn about the smoking process of the salmon and see a presentation on the brewery. Booking is essential for this event. Details are on the event page.
International Spud Fest – The Horse and Hound Delgany, Wicklow
20 August, 4pm - 7pm
What could sound more Irish? Spud Fest is an annual event where local potato growers compete for the coveted title of Spud Fest Champion. Spectators are encouraged to enjoy the spuds, and they will be judged by local dignitaries. There will also be a BBQ throughout the day.
Taste Medieval Ale and Mead - Old Mellifont Abbey, Louth
20th August, 2pm - 5pm
Ever wondered how the monks brewed ale and made mead? David O'Shea explains the whole process from the beginning and you get to taste the end result!
Bere Island Blackberry Jam Demonstration- Bere Island Projects Group, Cork
22 August, 11am - 12pm
Head out and pick some wild blackberries. Edel Murphy will give a demonstration on the best way to make Bere Island blackberry jam. Booking is required for this event and the check event for ferry times for more details on how to reach the island.
Beekeeping on Bere Island – Bere Island Heritage Centre, Cork
23 August, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Here is another great event on Bere Island. There are many beekeeping demonstrations happening throughout the country, one to note this beekeeping demonstration on Bere Island. Honey has been a source of food & healing for millennia, enjoy a talk by beekeeper Barry Hanley on the basics of beekeeping. There'll also be an opportunity to buy some Bere Island honey. Check event details for advice on how to get there.
Hearth Cooking & Baking – Sigginstown Castle, Wexford
24 August, 10am - 3pm
Bake in an outdoor clay oven and hearth. Sigginstown Castle is a privately owned ruin on the Norman Way in Tacumshane. They will get the oven and hearth heating and after do a tour with castle history and future use at 11 a.m. Bring your lunch and chair if possible. The tent provided for cover and primitive facilities. Booking is required.
Catch that Shrimp and Crab - Railway Quay, Passage West, Cork
25th August, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Ever gone crab fishing? Well, now is your chance at Passage west, fun for all the family. Catch, cook and learn to make your own shrimp cocktail.
Food Resources - Glendalough (field next to Round Tower), Wicklow
26 August, 11am - 3:30pm
A family Open Day is exploring via stalls and demonstrations the interaction of people with the natural landscape at Glendalough over the last 1000 years for food and raw materials. There will be demonstrations happening all throughout the day, make sure to get there early to get a parking spot.
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