Taste Leitrim Winter Feast

 I went along to The Food Hub in Drumshanbo today for the Taste Leitrim Winter Feast Festival. The Food Hub is a fantastic initiative that houses various food producers.   I’m hoping to cover it in greater detail in the new year.

The Winter Feast consisted of a producers market in the marquee, food talks and arts and crafts for the kids. I was confused at the start as to where the talks were going to be as they were in the community kitchen and not near the marquee – and I didn’t know where the kitchen was.  I would suggest if they have another one perhaps to have all the events closer together. It would also be good if there was a bigger marquee as it was so packed it was hard to see everything.

I did enjoy the food talks though. I heard about the benefits of Kefir (Sean McGloin of Blakes Always Organic), I also tried some and it’s really nice which surprised me. I thought it was going to taste like natural yogurt which I don’t like at all but the kefir was lovely, I even bought a bottle.

I heard about bee keeping and honey (Mary McNutt & Mary Hyland of Mill Lane Beekeeping), I found out that bees dance! They dance to tell their fellow bees what direction and distance the pollen is in – how fascinating!

I heard about making money from your food (Oonagh Monahan, Author of Money for Jam). Oonagh is a great speaker and it was so interesting to listen to her. It almost makes me want to become a food producer, only I can’t cook so that’s a bit of downside.

I bought a few bits from the market, I was hoping to win the Facebook voucher as I wanted to make a Leitrim food hamper that I could have had as a prize on the blog but I didn’t win so sorry folks. I will run a competition for the Jinny’s Bakery Irish Stout Bread mix I bought though, so leave a comment to be in with a chance of winning.

I bought a Bo Peep Preserve and it really bought back memories as I remember my Nan buying Bo Peep Jam years ago. I’m looking forward to having it on my toast in the morning.

I also got a lovely peanut butter cupcake, well it looked lovely but I shared it between the lads! I spent a nice couple of hours in Drumshanbo, I was starving when I left though! I could see some food for sale at the end of the marquee but couldn’t get down there because of all people.

So with a brief stop off in Carrick-on-Shannon and falling in love with a unicorn scarf in Menarys that I didn’t buy (sob) and the delight in finally finding the Acres Lake boardwalk that was my Sunday.



About magnumlady

Photographer, blogger, hooked on social media. Based in Sligo, Ireland. Passionate about Ireland and always looking for the next adventure.

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