There is a wonderful Wild Foods Cusp that happens but once a year, round about this time
As always, in Macreddin Village we have been busy for the last nine months harvesting and preserving Wild Foods and our Wild Foods Pantry is now bursting at the seams. 2013 has been a bumper year, both on the farm and out on the hedgerow. The Wild Ceps Harvest alone provided us with 243kg of beautiful Penny Buns. Best Harvest since 2006!
And now as we take stock with three seasons of Wild Foods safely preserved in our Pantry, we await the Winter Wild Game Harvest. It’s now that we have the opportunity to combine our Wild Foods Harvest with a full Winter Wild Game Dinner.
The Wild Mallard and Wild Venison are already making cameo appearances on our menu. Ballinacor Estate just next to us, have released their Pheasants and The Fabulous Wild Woodcock and Snipe have already arrived, all the way from Russia and Morocco.
At The Strawberry Tree Restaurant we have been hosting our unique Wild Foods Dinner annually for over twenty years. In recent years we have celebrated this as a Slow Food Event. Wild&Slow is now biennial and will take place next November 8/9th 2014. However, as always Irelands largest Wild Foods Dinner, now in collaboration with Wicklow’s Slow Food SugarLoaf, Wild&Wicklow2013 will take place on this November 16th 2013
Commencing with a Wild Foods ‘Dinner Dissected’ Master Class in the afternoon and encompassing The Annual Wild Foods Dinner, Wild Berry Drink Reception, wine, bed and breakfast, special speakers and much more…and with an all-inclusive price of €145 for Slow Food Members or €165 for those that should be Slow Food Members, there is really only one place to be on this very special Saturday in Ireland.
As is normal at this time of year, places are starting to fill fast…but as is normal everyone needs reminding!
The Wild&Slow Crew