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Ummera at Cork Airport

Dashing out the door to do a couple of days In-Store tasting at Cork Airport in the Duty Free Shop – so if passing through on the way to the sun (or rain!) today or tomorrow, come and say hello!

We will also have some cards from LouderVoice which will show you how to send instant reviews by SMS of anything you want! See the left hand side bar of this page for some examples…..

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Ummera at The Butler’s Pantry Artisan Week

As part of The Butler’s Pantry Artisan Week in Dublin, I will be tasting some of our smoked products at:

Rathgar on Wednesday afternoon from 3.00pm to 7.00pm,

Greystones on Thursday morning from 11.00am to 2.00pm,

Mount Merrion Avenue, Blackrock, Thursday afternoon from 3.30pm to 7.00pm.

Come and say hello!

Full details of locations at http://www.thebutlerspantry.ie/Contact_Us.aspx

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Special Offer to The Real Food Festival

If you are planning to go the Real Food Festival in Earls Court, London this week, and you are booking the tickets online, then save yourself some money by clicking here and enter the Code RFP258.

This will reduce the Door price from £18.00 to £12.50!

And if you do get there on either the Thursday or Friday, you will find us at Stand P76.

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Real Food in London – with a little help from Ireland!

We are taking part in the Real Food Festival at Earls Court, London at the end of next week – or rather from Thursday April 24th through to Sunday. The first day is a Trade Only day and I have some complementary entrance tickets available; so if you are going to be in the Big Smoke, and would like to go, do let me know.

Full details can be found at www.realfoodfestival.co.uk

By the way Ummera will be on Stand P76, but I am afraid that we will be there only on the Thursday and Friday.

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Slow Food For Kids

Come to Hosfords Garden Centre, on the Bandon Clonakilty Road, from 12 Noon to 5.30pm this Sunday, April 6th fora Slow Food For Kids Day.

Denis Cotter of the renowned Cafe Paradiso in Cork will be opening the day at 2.pm.

There will be a Farmer’s Market, talks on worms and vermicomposting, puppet shows, lessons on strawberry growing by Denise Bushby, music and of course John Hosford and his Garden Centre will be there for all to see.

Raffle for hampers will be raising funds for Slow Food Ireland’s Terra Madre in September – details at www.terramadreireland.com

Come along and enjoy!

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Ummera Leap Day News

February 29th may not be a very propitious day to write a newsletter – it may only be read every four years! But March will be here tomorrow bringing with it St Patrick’s Day and Easter within a few days of each other!

If you are thinking of celebrating either or both of those dates with Ummera Smoked Salmon or any of our other products, then please let us know as soon as possible. Remember, that Easter Week will be only three effective working days; as St Patrick’s Day is on the Monday 17th., and Good Friday is at the end of the week, that just leaves Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for us to deliver to you.

So please go to www.ummera.com and put your order in NOW!

Last Friday, RTE’s Nationwide series showed a 6 minute film on Ummera and what and how we do it. If you missed it, or would like to see it again, you can view it online at:

http://www.rte.ie/news/2008/0222/nationwide_av.html?2340975,null,228.

If you can’t view it, we can send you a CD of it with your next order!


While we are looking forward, here are a couple of dates for your diary where you can meet up with us:

March 15th/16thSt Patrick’s Festival Market, St. Patrick’s St., Cork City

www.goldiefish.ie

April 6th:Slow Food Day at Hosfords Garden Centre, Enniskeane, Co. Cork

www.hosfordsgardencentre.ie

April 24th – 27th The Real Food Festival, Earls Court, London

http://www.realfoodfestival.co.uk/

June 27th – 29th: Taste of Cork, Cork City Gaol, Cork. Ummera will be there on the Saturday 28th on the Good Food Ireland Stand

www.tastefestivals.ie

www.goodfoodireland.ie

September 4th to 7th: Terra Madre Ireland, Waterford. This is a major all-island gathering of Slow Food enthusiasts, sustainable food producers, preparers, providers and presenters. Details will be available on the website as they become available.

www.slowfoodireland.com

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A heart warming feeling!

For humble smokers to get a mention in the newpapers is always good news! And to get a mention in the Financial Times, or FT for those in the know, is great news!

Interestingly enough they make the comment “Irish smoked salmon is something of a connoisseur alternative to the stuff that comes from Scotland or Scandinavia but stocks of wild salmon of the Irish coast are so depleted that environmentally minded smokeries are taking it off their lists until numbers recover.”

We have had a number of enquiries for wild salmon as the Chrsitmas orders for smoked salmon come in, but we have given them our position and converted most! There will always be those who won’t listen and don’t understand the pressures that the wild salmon have been under, and will continue to be so for a while yet.

I was walking along the banks of the River Argideen which runs below the smokehouse the other day; it was very heart warming to see so many wild salmon in the river, more than I have ever seen before; in recent years, to see one salmon was a red letter day. If this is replicated on many Irish rivers, and they are left alone, then they will spawn and in 3 to 4 years time it will be exciting to be beside an Irish river.

Of course, there are other real problems which must be addressed such as the quality of the spawning beds and the quality of the water which now is so adulterated with pollution from agriculture and sceptic tanks.

[tags] Financial Times, Argideen, FT, wild salmon[/tags]

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Eco Chic!

To celebrate National Organic Week, The Irish Sunday Tribune Magazine published last Sunday, October 21st, an A-Z of Eco Chic, edited by Jillian Bolger and Claire O’Mahony.

Deighted to see that Ummera is included in the list of 26 of “all things cool and organic”! But then what else begins with “U”!

[tags] Sunday Tribune, Jillian Bolger, Claire O’Mahony, National Organic Week[/tags]

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Speciality & Fine Food Fair Olympia – Stand 638

This is the third visit of Ummera Smoked Products to the Speciality and Fine Food Fair. It is irresistible!
Ummera is a tiny company, employing four people (and not all fulltime!), but somehow their name and reputation has spread to many places far from their home in West Cork, Ireland.
In this year’s Bridgestone Irish Food Guide, written by John and Sally McKenna, they say of Ummera “….seems to pick up culinary awards as often as the rest of us have hot dinners.” They go on to say, “It’s no surprise that his smoked foods should be so garlanded, for they have a delicacy, a subtlety, that shows the smoking process being used at its zenith.
In March 2007, Ummera were honoured with the Irish Guild of Food Writers Award for their Smoked Silver Eel. Sadly, the eel stocks are in great difficulty so this is almost a posthumous award.
In August, the Irish Food and Wine Magazine had their annual Restaurant of the Year Awards in Dublin. A new Award was introduced this year for Best Artisan Supplier; Ummera was one of the nominees for the award and received a Highly Commended.
Ummera’s new product for 2007 is an Organic Gravadlax. Launched quietly early this year, Ummera has been delighted with the response to this simple marinated salmon.
By using the very finest of ingredients in the marinade, Ummera has lifted the simple to a complex. The organic salmon are sourced from the west coast of Ireland; the salt comes from traditional saltpans at Tavira, on the Algarve, Portugal. The dill and peppercorns are organic and Ummera uses a raw cane sugar organically grown in Costa Rica; the last international element to their Gravadlax comes from the London & Scottish Distillery in London, an organic whisky.
[tags]Olympia, Speciality and Fine Food Fair, Bridgestone Irish Food Guide, Food and Wine Magazine, Gravadlax, Organic Whisky, Tavira, saltpans[/tags]