Congratulations to Pearse O’Sullivan and his crew at Toddies Restaurant for wining the 2008 Kinsale Transition Town award yesterday with their fantastic salad made from Tom The Veg’s Kinsale grown Beetroot, Pearse’s own Watercress and Ummera’s Smoked Eel.!
For some reason the mention of Smoked Eel as a dish has a strange reaction from many people, but Pearse’s recipe won over all the happy people on the Mad Hatter’s Tour on the Saturday.
The idea behind the competition during the Kinsale Gourment Festival is to inspire restaurants to source their products locally as much as possible. No plaice or sole from Iceland for example when superb locally caught fish IS available from fishermen landing in Kinsale.
The bad summer prevented a real coup – bananas grown in Co. Cork! This photograph was taken not 12 miles from Kinsale last Friday! But maybe next year……
The 32nd – would you believe it!- Kinsale International Gourmet Festival begins today.
Tomorrow there is the Mad Hatters Taste of Kinsale :
Join Alice, the Mad Hatter, March Hare and the Fieldmouse for the Highlight of the Festival – an escorted tour of the 12 Members of Kinsale’s Good Food Circle who will present spectacular dishes from their kitchens bearing testimony to the culinary skills of the chefs of Kinsale.
Pearse O’Sullivan and his team at Toddies Restaurant will be using our Smoked Eeel in one of his dishes. I might be there!
Our Smoked Eel is now becoming stocked around the country – and overseas – but in Kinsale you can find it at the Mange Tout Delicatessen in the centre of town!