A SUCCESSFUl farmhouse cheese, craft beer and whiskey night that was held in No. 32 restaurant in Dundalk recently, sponsored by Bord Bia.
Event organiser Peter Thomas spoke to the paper about the night and the locally produce that it showcased: “This was the first of many tastings that we hope to do locally to encourage more people to try locally produced craft food and drink.
“The event was a great success, with those attending getting the unusual opportunity totaste and evaluate paired/matched samples of cheese, craft beer and whiskey.”
The cheese was supplied by Bellingham Blue, Glebe Brethan, Boyne Valley Blue. These are award winning cheeses all produced in Co. Louth.
“2011 was a particulary successful year for all three cheeses, with Bellingham Blue gaining a Gold medal at the British cheese awards and a Silver medal at the Irish Cheese Awards, (having won Irish Supreme Champion in 2010), Glebe Brethan won Gold at the Irish Cheese Awards and also graced the banquet table for the Queen’s banquet in Dublin Castle during her visit to Ireland in May.” Finally Boyne Valley Blue was awarded two stars from the British Fine Food Guild in its very first year of production. Peter Thomas (Bellingham Blue and Boyne Valley Blue), and David Tiernan (Glebe Brethan) are both members of the Slow Food Organisation’s Irish Raw Milk Cheese Presidia.