First taste of Louth event this Friday

FUCHSIA House in Ardee will host their first ever Taste of Louth event this Friday evening from 7.30pm.

FUCHSIA House in Ardee will host their first ever Taste of Louth event this Friday evening from 7.30pm.

The event will take in eight courses, encorporating the best of food produced the length and the breadth of the county. There will also be seven tastings of wine throughout the courses, all of which is being supplied by Alan MacGuinness of Dundalk Wine Circle.

The idea of a Taste of Louth evening is a new venture for Fuchsia House but Sarah Nic Lochlainn, proprietor of the award-winning restaurant along with her husband Sarajit Chanda says it will be a testament to the quality of food being produced throughout the county.

She said: “When we started Aruna Sauces we began to look further into the local artisan food scene. We’ve always used local producers as much as possible as we’ve always been conscious of things like carbon miles but the more we looked into it the more we realised the great choice there is within the county.

“Over time we’ve got to know many of these producers personally and we’ve seen how proud they are of their products and rightly so so we decided what better thing to do than to showcase them.

“It’s a great way of supporting local people and it will hopefully make people more aware of the local producers that are out there,” said Sarah.

Amongst the items on the menu are Clogherhead Langoustie Bisque, Carlingford Oysters, a Coastal Trio made up of Annagassan Smoked Salmon on Caffrey’s Brown Bread, scallops sautéed in lemon-infused rapeseed oil and Clogherhead Langoustines with smoked rasher butter sauce.

That will be followed by Ardee beef ribs smothered in Aruna Madras Sauce, followed by Ardee Rack of Lamb with redcurrant jus, braised savoy and leek and crushed new potatoes.

There will then be a Co Louth Cheese Plate featuring Glebe Brethan, Boyne Valley and Bellingham Blue cheeses. That will then be followed by dessert, which is a deep dark chocolate cheesecake, made from Danucci Chocolate in Ardee.

Freshly ground coffee or special brew tea will then be served from Greenbean Coffee Roasters in Dundalk and Lily’s Teashop, Termonfeckin.

In between, wines will be served by Blackrock man Alan MacGuinness.

Amongst the local producers involved in the event are Kirks Fisheries, Clogherhead; Termonfeckin Delicious Free Range Duck; McCloskey’s Artisan Bakery, Drogheda; The Real Irish Food Company, Drogheda; Coastguard Seafood, Annagassan; Caffrey’s Bakery, Ardee; Derrycamma Farm Rapeseed Oil, Castlebellingham; Callaghan’s Butchers, Ardee; Aruna Sauces, Ardee; Hickey’s Farm Shop, Ardee; Tiernan Family Cheesemakers, Dunleer; Thomas Family Cheesemakers, Castlebellingham, Danucci Artisan Chocolatiers, Ardee, Greenbean Coffee Roasters, Dundalk and Lily’s Teashop Termonfeckin.

Tickets for Friday’s Taste of Louth event are available from Fuchsia House or from the Dundalk Wine Circle, with an all inclusive price of €65 per person. For further details call 041-6858432 or email