June 12, 2017
Big shout out to da East Cork Massive!
Maybe Ballymaloe are partial to their most local East Cork cider, (we’re only 5 or 6 miles away), or maybe they just have great taste in cider, but we’ve been fortunate enough to have been asked to talk on Ciders and Perries on a few occasions at the Cookery School and the fabulous LitFest hosted down there. As I’ve heard said, there are three levels of understanding….I’ll spare you the lenghthier version but in summary ‘If you want to become an expert at something, teach it to someone else, (who knows nothing about it!)’
Not that we’re experts, but its a great exprience to have what seem like basic questions to be asked, and to realise that although they seem basic, there are still facets of the question that are not immediately answerable….eg
Can you cry under water,
why does a round pizza come in a square box or Do blondes have more fun?!
At LitFest we also got the opportunity to be part of the panel chat with Kristen Jensen of Edible Ireland and part of http://www.irishfoodwritersguild.ie/kristin-jensen.html, where some of the philosophies and trials of small producers were discussed…..don’t start me on Duty rates!
We also did s amll Fringe talk on Perries, where we went through grafting, varieties, the issues with making perry and gave the audience a few waker-upper tastings fo a bitter sharp perry wine, and a rather bracing Perry Pommeau….well, bracing for 11.35 am anyway!!!
Looking forward to doing a few more courses @Ballymaloe this year, and of course getting down to try the fabulous all home grown produce and local fish they have on offer.
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