THE best food producers, restaurateurs and markets are enjoying unprecedented success, according to John McKenna of the Irish Food Guide.
“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,” he said.
The “continuing boom” for Irish artisan food producers is evidenced by the fact that the 2012 edition of “The Irish Food Guide” has 700 pages - 100 more than the last issue in 2010.
The first edition was published in 1989, when the book was little more than 200 pages!
The Kilkenny entries in rthw new edition are: Nicky Mosse Pottery , Bennettsbridge; Keogh’s Model Bakery, Callan; Jarrow Café, Castlecomer; Cramer’s Grove Ice Cream; Coolepump Dairy; Highbank Organic Orchards; Mosse’s Apple Juice and Ryeland House (all Cuffesgrange); Gathabawn Farmhouse Ice Cream; Glasraí & Goodies, Gowran
Ballyogan House and Waterside, graignamanagh; The Inn @ Ballilogue Clochán, Inistioge.
Kilkenny city: Bridie’s General Store; Café Sol; Campagne; Le Caveau; Chez Pierre; Foodworks; The Gourmet Store; Kilkenny Design Centre; Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel; Marble City and Tea Rooms; Café Mocha; Nourish; Rinuccini; Shortis Wong; A Slice of Heaven; The Wine Centre and Zuni
Harney’s Bakery, kilmacow; Lavistown Farmhouse; The Little Apple Co, Piltown; Mileeven, Piltown; Kilkenny Free Range, Shellumsrath.
Stoneyford: Knockdrinna Farmhouse Cheese; Lavistown Farmhouse Cheese
Thomastown: The Blackberry Café; Goatsbridge Premium Irish Trout;Kylemore Farm Produce; Sol Bistro; Truffle Fairy; Wine Academy Ireland
Oldtown Hill Farmhouse Bakery , Tullaroan; Second Nature Oils, urlingford.
“The Irish Food Guide” by John and Sally McKenna, with Caroline Byrne, is published by Estragon Press at €15. www.guides.ie