Wealth of great food makes for brilliant fair

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - FRONT PAGE -

THE na­tion’s foodies found them­selves in their el­e­ment in the dairy-pro­duc­ing heart­lands of North Kerry as the 23rd Lis­towel Food Fair de­liv­ered yet an­other de­lec­ta­ble plat­ter of ev­ery­thing from ex­cit­ing cook­ery demon­stra­tions to win­ning recipes and well-de­served awards.

And the cream of lo­cal tal­ent fairly rose to the top in an­other ex­tra­or­di­nary in­di­ca­tion of the food-pro­duc­ing ge­nius of the county.

Lis­towel’s very own adoptee Ildiko Farago leaves all her cus­tomers feel­ing the very op­po­site of the coun­try she hails from – Hun­gary. Through her Wellness Bak­ing range, Ildiko has been pro­vid­ing gluten-free prod­ucts of the high­est qual­ity since 2011, leav­ing cus­tomers’ palates deeply sat­is­fied. And she was awarded the Lo­cal Food Hero for her great achieve­ments at the Fair.

Mean­while, Lizzy Lyons served up one of the star turns of the event as she led a live cook­ery demon­stra­tion on Thurs­day evening along­side TV pre­sen­ter Si­mon De­laney. It was the cul­mi­na­tion of Lizzy’s re­cent in­vi­ta­tion to Si­mon to join her to cook recipes from his re­cent cook­book Sim­ply Si­mon’s: The Diner’s Cook­book - an in­vi­ta­tion Lizzy ex­tended in one of her re­cent ap­pear­ances on TV3’s Sun­day AM.

It was a young Knock­nagoshel girl who per­haps stole the show at that open­ing night of the Fair on Thurs­day, how­ever. Caitríona Mur­phy from Knock­nagoshel de­liv­ered a per­son­ally writ­ten trib­ute to the special guest of the night Rose of Tralee 2017 Jennifer Byrne (who of­fi­cial opened the Fair) in an ad­dress that brought the house down, leav­ing none in doubt that the fifth-class Gaelscoil Aogáin Castleis­land pupil is a Rose of Tralee in the mak­ing.

The awards night on Fri­day at the Lis­towel Arms mean­while pro­vided a stun­ning dis­play of the wealth of high-qual­ity food prod­ucts be­ing cre­ated in this re­gion over a nine-course meal cre­ated by chef Mary Ju­lian us­ing win­ning prod­ucts in the Best Emerg­ing Ar­ti­san Prod­uct Com­pe­ti­tion and Ker­ry­gold Cheese Com­pe­ti­tion – the win­ners of which are pic­tured here in a Kerry-heavy re­sult.

Photo by Don MacMona­gle

Clair Kelly and Jo Ar­bon, The Busy Botanist, Glen­beigh, County Kerry, over­all win­ners of the Best Emerg­ing Ar­ti­san Prod­uct for their ‘Tum Ease’ pic­tured re­ceiv­ing their award from Paul O’Con­nor, Su­per­Valu and Mary Cole­man, Lis­towel Food Fair at the pre­sen­ta­tion of awards in The Lis­towel Arms Ho­tel at the week­end.

Niall O’Driscoll and Rory McCarthy, Camos Bristro, Ca­her­siveen, County Kerry, win­ner of the Best Emerg­ing Ar­ti­san Prod­uct for their Honey and Mus­tard Dress­ing in the Condi­ments Ca­te­ory re­ceiv­ing their award from Vic­tor Shea­han, LEO, Lis­towel and Mary Cole­man, Lis­towel Food Fair.

Photo by Don MacMona­gle

Ildiko Farago and Anna Ba­jzat from Wellness Bak­ing, Lis­towel, win­ner of the Best Emerg­ing Ar­ti­san Prod­uct Baked Goods, for their Gluten free soda bread re­ceiv­ing their award from Vic­tor Shea­han, LEO, Lis­towel and Jimmy Deeni­han from Lis­towel Food Fair.

Norma and Wil­lie Leahy, Car­ralea Dairy Prod­ucts, Moy­vane, County Kerry win­ner of the Best Emerg­ing Ar­ti­san Award -Dairy Cat­e­gory, for their Strained Ke­fir pic­tured re­ceiv­ing their award from Vic­tor Shea­han, LEO, Lis­towel, Jimmy Deeni­han, Lis­towel Food Fair and An­gela Shea­han, UCC.

Photo by Don MacMona­gle

Jim and Marie O’Brien, O’Brien Meats, Bal­ly­hahill, pic­tured re­ceiv­ing thier award for thier Greek Style Feta Cheese in the Mar­i­nated and Smoked Cat­e­gory from Tom Mul­vi­hill, Or­nua and Col­lette O’Con­nor, Lis­towel Food Fair.

Photo by Don MacMona­gle

Shane O’Leary, Cordal, Castleis­land, County Kerry who was Over­all Cheese Win­ner for his Cordal Goats Cheese, Cordal Gar­lic and Thyme re­ce­vi­ing his award from Tom Mul­vi­hill, Or­nua and Mary Cole­man, Lis­towel Food Fair.

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