Nine Co Leitrim food businesses have been included in this year’s Irish Food Guide.
In further evidence of the county’s growing status as a foodie haven, Carrick on Shannon businesses, Boxty Bakers and The Oarsman Bar and Restaurant; Dromahair’s Cheese Etc; Dromod’s Homemade Boxty; Carraig na Breac Smoke House and Jinny’s Bakery in Drumshanbo; The Cottage Restaurant in Jamestown; The Organic Centre, Rossinver and The Courthouse, Kinlough, have all received glowing reviews.
Launching the latest issue of the Irish Food Guide, John McKenna said: ”The best food producers, restaurateurs, markets and counties are enjoying unprecedented success. It may seem difficult to believe that things have never been better, but things have never been so good in Irish speciality food. Conditions are tougher than ever in the marketplace, but food producers who have the right product at the right price now have a devoted audience, who are more conscious than ever before about buying Irish foods.”
“The significant aspect of this success story,” McKenna continues, “is the fact that the artisans have triumphed largely on their own. Stubborn, creative and imaginative, they display all the merits of individually-produced and locally-made food. The artisans are out there in the markets, having the craic, making a living, delighting their customers, getting better and better every year. The future is theirs.”
“The Irish Food Guide” by John and Sally McKenna, with Caroline Byrne, is published by Estragon Press at €15. www.guides.ie