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An event to highlight the importance of Local Food Production-Sunday 28th September, 11.30am-7pm.


Due to the rising costs of fossil fuels and the effects of climate change, the security of global food production is in jeopardy. As awareness grows, the importance of producing food locally is becoming apparent and tangible solutions need to be developed.


This year An Sanctoir – a 30 acre holistic community owned and run project just outside the village of Ballydehob, West Cork, has begun to look at community food-growing activities and is taking part in this year’s Growing Awareness farm walk programme. The guided walk will take in the Nature Trail which supports a wide variety of wildlife and habitat areas, and will finish in the new Forest Garden Project begun this spring. The full days’ programme will include a selection of speakers, demonstrations and activities on topics such as: Beekeeping; Working Horses: Community and Schools Gardens; Allotments and Vegetable Box Schemes; Fruit and Nut Growing; Basket Making; Seed Saving and much more.

Come along and enter the Heaviest Pumpkin and the Largest Diameter Sunflower Head competitions, and enjoy the on site Cafe from the deck of a 40ft Pirate Ship whilst being serenaded by local musicians! People are also welcome to bring a picnic.

The Café will be raising funds towards the running costs of the event and there will be no admittance charge. We therefore encourage people to donate generously, and all profits will be put forward to help pay for the wheelchair accessible pathways recently put in place in the An Sanctoir Forest Garden.


Event Co-Ordinator: Caz Jeffreys email: cazjeffreys@gmail.com 028 25978

This event is supported by Sustain West Cork and West Cork Community Partnership. Further volunteer support and sponsors welcome.

Check out our website for the full programme at www.ansanctoir.ie


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Dianne Curtin

Dianne Curtin

Provided by Dianne Curtin:

Sherkin Island is the pearl in West Cork’s crown of culinary beauty. This nugget of rock has a gastronomy all its own. Atlantic waters off the island are famous for finest oysters, mussels, periwinkles, shrimps, crabs, and an array of fresh fish. Come and join us to celebrate all these and more in an idyllic setting just ten minutes by ferry from the mainland.


Saturday 5th July 2008

A day of workshops dedicated to island life:

This day is packed with gastro-education, tastings, and above all – fun

Venues and times: Various. Call Matt Stephens at Sherkin Island Development Office 028 20802 for details.

Workshops include:

  • Kids in the kitchen! with Dianne Curtin – Cook, Food writer, Author. A Cookery Demonstration specially for kids and their mums – fresh fruit smoothies, real burgers and more – with lots to taste!
  • The Art of Traditional Seed Saving – the secret of growing veggies from your own seeds with Madeline McKeever, Ardagh Organic Farm, Church Cross West Cork
  • Start a Kitchen Garden: A small patch of ground is all that’s needed to produce a glut of homegrown herbs and vegetables with Marian Crudge – Horticultural expert
  • Cookery Demonstration: Utilising garden vegetables for summery salsas and relishes with Karen Austin, Acclaimed Cook of Lettercollum Kitchen Project, Clonakilty
  • How to keep a few hens in the garden – and enjoy your own free range eggs every day. Workshop with Giana Ferguson, Rare Breed Hen expert of Gubbeen Farmhouse
  • Food Integrity: Get to know where your food comes from and how it’s produced, and enjoy a tasting of Caherberg and Roscarberry Recipes award winning pork products with Avril Allshire Howe, Caherbeg Free Range Pork, Rosscarbery
  • Home brewing and Wine making: Taste some delicious home brews made from wild and cultivated Sherkin island fruits with Chris Dobin, Sherkin Island wine and beer maker

Saturday Evening

Go Fish!

A simple supper of the freshest fish, caught in the waters of Sherkin – who could wish for more? Catch of the day, cooked on the barbie by food writer and Slow Food campaigner Dianne Curtin and artisan producer Iain Flynn of McBride and Flynn. Enjoy the feast in the company of a traditional story teller weaving a magical tale of the sea – an evening designed to bring out the big kid in all of us! Music till late.

Venue: Jolly Roger Pub Food served 6.30pm – 8 -30pm


Sunday 6th July

Ireland’s First Ever Off-shore Artisan Food market!

Yes it’s true – it’s never been done before! Stallholders from Sherkin and the mainland come together, to bring an array of artisan specialities to the island. Browse the stalls of hand made farmhouse cheese, fresh Sherkin vegetables and seafood, artisan sweets, chutneys, preserves, and dressings, pastries, hand made breads, speciality west cork charcuterie and Caribbean pickles – we’ve got them all. Guest of Honour, Darina Allen of Ballymaloe Cookery School. After all that gourmet retail therapy, you’ll need a good lunch with a Slow Food theme – and we’ve got that too! Tuck into spit roast whole hog, fresh Sherkin oysters and mussels and delicious salads from island vegetables and herbs , and enjoy some trad music while you munch.

Venue: Hotel Garden , Time: 12pm – 5pm Lunch served 1pm – 3pm.

Music for Sunday evening venue to be decided

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