June 4, 2023


Be Inspired By Food

Top Wicklow chefs to bring new ideas to the table at Taste of Wicklow

With only a few times to go until Taste of Wicklow 2022, some of Wicklow’s major chefs are planning to carry some revolutionary new dishes to the table.

icking off this Friday, June 26, the three day occasion will see Wicklow Town play host to a extensive array of foodie festivities which include a VIP Midsummer Start Banquet, Artisan Food Stalls, a Craft Village and far more. Having said that, it is the Chef’s Theatre that will genuinely place Wicklow foods in the spotlight, as a slew of movie star cooks consider to the stage to showcase some of their prime dishes.

A single of them is chef and foods author, Tadgh Byrne. He describes himself as a “locavore chef”, this means that his dishes comprise only or principally of locally-grown or generated meals. In his demo at this year’s Taste of Wicklow, he designs to provide up something that marries community elements and traditions with fashionable concepts.

“I’m greatly included with Wicklow Normally, the foodstuff and drink community for County Wicklow,” he spelled out. “I have aided to develop signature dishes for Wicklow. This weekend, I’m likely to show a single of the dishes we arrived up with called “Wicklow Stampy”. It is really comparable to boxty or potato cake, really simple to make and pretty multipurpose. You can pair it with plenty of items. I am likely to get ready it with local pudding and bacon.”

When Wicklow Stampy will be Tadgh’s dish of the day this yr, it was not his very first assumed when he was invited to do the demo. 

“I in fact tried out to get badger meat as I would like to try to get men and women to take in much more badger. I was heading to do bunny burgers as very well but determined to go with a thing else for this calendar year,” he stated.

Although Byrne has however to check out badger meat himself, he believes they can be a sustainable foods resource exactly where they are being killed by now, as they do not need land, feed or fertiliser. 

“I did an MA in Meals Research and have a foods historian qualifications and it is imagined that individuals employed to eat badger here,” he continued. “When I convey to men and women about the idea, they are curious and shocked at the identical time. It could be a point down the line but I think we want to get people’s hearts and minds. Folks are not completely ready for badger.”

Acquiring developed up in Portugal, Tadgh’s dishes are intensely influenced by Mediterranean flavours. A 5-12 months stint as manager of a Center Eastern cafe in Melbourne has also impacted how he approaches his dishes, with lots of of them such as a lot of herbs, spices and yoghurt.

When Tadgh will be at the celebration representing Wicklow Normally, he is also there symbolizing his personal organization – Fed Up Catering. This Arklow-based catering company operates around County Wicklow, Dublin and North Wexford for corporate and non-public occasions.

“The company name arrives at first from falconry. When birds of prey take in, they get very lazy. The chicken doesn’t want to go hunting for the reason that it is previously full. It is claimed to be fed up,” he stated. “Of study course, human beings can also be fed up as nicely!”

Tadgh will choose to the stage at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

A further Wicklow-dependent chef who is receiving prepped for this weekend is raw/ residing food items chef Veronica O’Reilly from Wholesome Behaviors in Wicklow city. With her new dish “NikNib”, Veronica will showcase how scrumptious and multipurpose raw ingredients can be.

“People never realise they already consume living food. They try to eat an apple or salad typically, but when they imagine of raw foodstuff, they often consider of sushi or steak tartare,” she stated. “The dish I will be making is a vegan option. I’m calling it NikNib. In my guide, I have a recipe for chocolate mousse so I determined a mocha mousse would be magnificent.”

“Nick’s Coffee is nearby so I utilized their coffee and a new child on the block named Nibbed chocolate. Their chocolate is very uncomplicated to get the job done with and flexible. I will also consist of some hazelnut milk and carrigeen,” she extra.

With her demo, Veronica hopes to share the benefits of raw food stuff with other people, a information she has shared in her recently posted cookbook, Raw in a Cold Local weather 2.

“If you’re hoping to strengthen your health and fitness, owning a bit much more dwelling foods in your diet would assist as it in a natural way is complete of enzymes, natural vitamins and minerals.”

Veronica will take to the stage on Sunday at 5 p.m.

Full details of the Style of Wicklow program can be found on their website.