It’s nearly Spring and most of the stallholders at Bandon have made a comeback, after the festivities of Christmas and the very wet and miserable January. A few brave souls made it out and kept the market alive against all the odds in the worst weeks. What was really encouraging was that shoppers came every week looking for the missing stalls and wondering when they were going to be back, which just goes to show that at last Bandon Farmer’s Market has become part of a regular weekly shopping routine for many.
On Saturday February 24th, Bandon Farmer’s Market will be the venue for the launch of the Slow Food Road Show. There will be literature handed out to explain the principles of the Slow Food movement, and also a chance to join for those who wish to do so. Annual membership is 50 euros a year and for that you get 3 issues of Slow, the movement’s international magazine, (more like a book) and four quarterly Irish newsletters which have articles, recipes and news relating to Irish topics and what’s happening event wise up and down the country. Slow Food events take place in every area, organised by the local Convivia (or groups). The West Cork Convivia is very active and has lots planned for 2007. Committee members are Giana Ferguson (Gubbeen) Anthony Creswell (Ummera Smoked Products) Ruth Healy (URRU Culinary Store) and little old me – the Convivium Leader!
Our events this year will include this Roadshow, a membership drive that plans to visit all the West Cork markets throughout the Spring. If you do come along to the launch in Bandon and want to join Slow Food as a member, you will be supporting the many food projects both here and internationally that the movement supports, as well as getting money off all the fab gourmet events that take place in the region throughout the year. Just to give you at taste…
Ruth Healy will be organising four seasonal gourmet Slow Food evenings at her lovely Urru Culinary Store on McSwiney Quay, The first one will be on Spring, on Thurs April 19th, 7.30pm for 8pm and will focus on seasonal produce, with a guest speaker and tastings. Summer, Autumn and Winter dates will follow later
Also in April, a Slow Food for Kids event at Hosford’s garden centre on Sunday April 15th from 2.00 – 5.30pm will feature a farmer’s market on the terrace (hopefully with many of our faithful stallholders from Bandon in attendance!) and there will be special workshops for the kids on ‘How to grow your own veggies’ plus a fabulous puppet theatre with a foodie theme and lots of other bits and pieces.
Later in the year there will be an Open Day at Ummera Smoked Products, Timoleague, where you can meet Anthony and other Slow Food producers and have a taste of their lovely products, plus enjoy a glass of wine or two.
We’ve also got a picnic on Lough Hyne planned plus an Archaological Walk near Barley Cove, with a Hog Roast afterwards. So you see, there will be lots to enjoy!
But back to the market. We hope to be bringing back a few old favourite stalls for Spring and Summer, plus inviting a few new stallholders to join the ranks. Watch this space – and happy shopping!