Patrick Whyte, UK editor of Skift, a travel industry intelligence platform, will speak at the conference in Croke Park.

Global forum in Dublin attracts industry leaders in food, tourism and culture

More than 30,000 people are expected to attend the Savour Kilkenny food festival later this week. Photograph: Pat Moore.

Bank holiday weekend food festival has big plans for its 10th birthday celebrations this week

Hereford stripoin from SuperValu took bronze at the World Steak Challenge in London

Marie-Claire Digby rounds up this week's food news

“The jar is transforming into an aerobic environment, it is producing carbon dioxide, it is allowing good bacteria to dominate,” says Reynolds.

Dearbhla Reynolds’ book features kombucha, kefir, kimchi and other live culture delights

Catherine Fulvio: She will talk about her new book A Taste of Home at a supper club at the Itsa cafe in Dundrum.

A fresh food offering in Dunnes; dining with the stars at Itsa; and say goodbye to Thornton’s

The Liberties Whiskey Peach ’n’ Keane cocktail at JT Pim’s bar in South Great George’s Street in Dublin (€11)

Seventy venues taking part in competition, reflecting explosion of interest in distilling

Garrett Fitzgerald: “For me, it is about creativity and enjoyment, enjoying the end result but actually enjoying the process of cooking too.”

Garrett Fitzgerald says food should be ‘designed to offer nourishment and pleasure’

Sarah Gough of Mileeven FineFoods. Her Wonderful Honey range will be stocked by Sainsbury’s in the UK.

The latest food news from around the country

For National Potato Day, we find some of the best Irish Times recipes for the humble spud

Recipes for those who say it’s not dinner if there’s not a spud on the plate

Danni Barry, chef at EIPIC in  Belfast, retained her Michelin star: “you have that pressure... it was more relief than anything.

A Michelin star is the pinnacle for many chefs – but often there is a price to be paid

On the Heron and Grey menu the night a Michelin inspector dined at the restaurant: asparagus (above left), liver parfait (above right), langoustine, pork, strawberries. Photographs: Marie Claire Digby

Blackrock restaurant with a reputation for creating unique dishes was open just four months when ‘the man in jumper’ paid a visit (...)

Amandip Uppal: “I combine the way both of my parents taught me to cook.”

Amandip Uppal’s first cookbook offers a bright, modern interpretation of classic Indian dishes

Aine Kinsella and Niamh Duffy. Photograph: Andres Poveda 

Cheese to crumble for, yummy fungus and Belfast appetite

InishBofin has a feast in store for its food festival visitors

The latest food news from around the country

Tim Daly, Executive Chef at  Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort and Eamon Bourke of Kilmullen Farm

The latest food news from around the country

Ciaran Cummings, manager of Elbow Lane Brewery and Smokehouse, at the Start-Up Stall at Cork’s English Market, where the makers of Smokehouse Sauce are running a 24days24ways initiative during their guest trader residency

Businesses invited to showcase their products at the market’s new stall

Sinead Hennessy, left, Fáilte Ireland food tourism officer, with US filmmakers Daniel Klein and Mirra Fine of The Perrennial Plate, at Food Connect in Slane. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Food conference hears that the US filmmakers behind ‘The Perennial Plate’, which has more than 10 million global viewers, are to m(...)

Chef Rob Krawczyk of Brabazon restaurant at Tankardstown House, Slane, Co Meath, pictured in his smokehouse. Photograph: Barry Cronin

Enthusiasts across the country are experimenting with pork, beef and even buffalo meat

Diana Henry's pappardelle with cavolo nero, chilli and hazelnuts, from her 10th cookbook, 'Simple'

Northern Irish chef and food writer Diana Henry lives in London and has just written her 10th cook book, ‘Simple’. She shares some(...)

Chickpea empanadillas, piquillo pepper salsa and lovage oil

Chef JP McMahon marries Irish food with Spanish cuisine in his Galway restaurant, Cava. Here, he shares the secret to making tapas(...)

Pat Whelan (right) with Tom Carton at James Whelan butcher’s shop in Avoca, Monkstown, Co Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The latest food news from around the country

Nathan Outlaw, chef proprietor of the two Michelin star  Restaurant Nathan Outlaw in Port Isaac, Cornwall, is coming to Ireland to put young chefs to the test

Inspiration is the theme for a competition to find the best new culinary talent in the country

Michael Flatley with an array of sandwiches and pâtisserie inspired by his artwork

The former ‘Riverdance’ dancer’s paintings – which sell for up to €340,000 – are the inspiration for a new afternoon tea in a Dubl(...)

Peter Hannan of Hannan Meats with  John Farran (left) of the Guild of Fine Food  and Michael Ward of Harrods after he won the top Great Taste award in London on Monday

Hannan Meats first company to win top prize for a second time as Dunnes Stores sticky toffee pudding takes Republic of Ireland(...)

Sean Smith, head chef at the Cliff Townhouse, giving an oyster masterclass

The latest food news from around the country

  Patrick Ryan of the Firehouse Bakery with his sourdough loaf. Photograph: Eric Luke

Baking bread can be fuss-free and fast, plus it’s an ideal staple for school lunchboxes

James Kavanagh  and William Murray’s Curabinny will be at  the Spirit of Dublin summer craft fair in the Teeling Whiskey Distillery in Dublin 8.

Currabinny at Teeling Distillery, River Cottage at Airfield and pottering about

 John and Sandy Wyer at their home in Ringsend, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘I get very bored easily, but I always love a bit of glamour’

Saba chef Tao and owner Paul Cadden

Plus: Clodagh McKenna demonstrates breadmaking; west Cork gears up for its annual food festival; and Italian chef Alberto Magnano(...)

As well as making sorbet and dairy-free ice-cream, Louise Ryan and Aisling Murphy run a branding and design agency in Cork called Ball & Socket

An award-winning sorbet from Cork; don’t fear the Reaper and milder chillies

Eddie Attwell . . . a new Irish TV chef in the making

Eddie Attwell, head chef at a hotel in Virginia, Co Cavan, competes for a chance to cook at a 90th birthday banquet for Queen Eliz(...)

The siblings behind successful Dublin restaurant Coppinger Row set their sights on waterside venue

Owners of Ristorante Rinuccini in Kilkenny, have opened up the work space to the extended bar area, so diners can see the team of nine chefs at work

A food business incubator in Cork, an open kitchen in Kilkenny and making a wedding cake

Ashling O’Carroll's Twisted Honeycomb flavoured popcorn beat some 12,000 entries and will be stocked in shops in October.

Twisted Honeycomb, one of 12,000 flavours entered, triumphs after 16,000 public votes are cast

Robert Collender, James Ellis and Luke Matthews of Mews, Baltimore, Co Cork

A new breed of Irish food professionals are taking the plunge and opening their own restaurants

John Wright is  visiting Croan Cottages for a weekend Walk on the Wild Side (August 27th-28th)

River Cottage weekends; mushroom vinegar ketchup and cep oil from Ballyhoura; curry awards

Award winner: Pat Whelan (right) with Tom Carton at James Whelan butcher’s shop in Avoca, Monkstown, Co Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Over 600 products take top honours in blind-tasting competition

Some like it hot:  Carolina Reaper chilli peppers

The Carolina Reaper measures 1.5m Scoville units – 400 times hotter than the jalapeno

Chef Eric Heilig of Luna restaurant and and his front of house colleague Floriane Loup of the Pig’s Ear take charge

Ballymaloe Cookery School. Photograph: Eric Luke

A celebration of island produce from vegetables to dairy, and from Ireland to Ibiza

Chef, food product developer and herbal medicine advocate Freda Wolfe has set up Wild Irish Foods

Chilli pastes, therapeutic teas and fresh sprouts

French lawyer, journalist and activist Maria Canabal is a keynote speaker at Athrú 2016, a conference on gender equality in culinary arts, which takes place in Galway on July 18th and 19th

Conference in Galway to address gender balance in the catering and hospitality industry

Béatrice Peltre has turned her food blogging hobby into a profession, learning how to feed her growing family using healthy ingred(...)

Brooklyn is where to find on-trend food in New York, and Michelin three-star Brooklyn Fare,  serves a tasting menu featuring ‘really precise cooking’, in ‘simple surroundings’, according to chef Graham Neville

From Michelin-starred meals in Spain and New York to simple Italian suppers, Irish chefs recommend their favourite holiday meals a(...)

Jette Virdi: ‘I like cooking with lamb. My boyfriend is from New Zealand, so we have a love of lamb in our household’

In between readying her first homewares collection, Jette Virdi gives tips for outdoor dining and three recipes

Mussels go into shock if over-handled, so do it immediately before you cook them

Bord Bia has launched a new campaign – #flexyourmussels

Guess who’s cooking dinner? Fifteen of Ireland’s top chefs are swapping kitchens  and tickets have just gone on sale

Euro-Toques Ireland is celebrating its 30th anniversary with three collaborative pop-up dinners

Italian chef Massimo Bottura, whose restaurant was recently voted best in the world, will speak at the Food On The Edge symposium in Galway in October

More than 40 internationally renowned chefs, including Massimo Bottura, whose Osteria Francescana was recently voted best restaura(...)

Valoriani wood-fired ovens: “a professional quality wood-fired oven in a domestically friendly format”

Marie-Claire Digby rounds up this week’s food news

Sasa Sestic from Australia, World Barista Champion 2015, during a judging session at the championships in Seattle last year. Photograph: Jake Olson for World Coffee Events

As competitors in the World Barista Championship get put through their paces at the RDS in Dublin, we get some brewing tips from (...)

Baz Ashmawy (centre) with  GAA All-Stars Kilkenny hurler TJ Reid (left) and Mayo footballer, Aidan O’Shea. Photograph: Brian McEvoy

GAA All-Stars hurler TJ Reid and footballer Aidan O’Shea make breakfast, lunch and a nutritious snack for the celebrity Bainisteoi(...)

Marie-Claire Digby rounds up this week’s food news

Fáilte Ireland’s new food champions (front row, l to r) Jacinta Dalton, Gabriel Faherty, Olivia Duff, Ketty Elisabeth, Garrett Fitzgerald, Chris Molloy, Ruth Healy and Brid Torrades. (Back row, l to r)  Kevin Ahern, Seáneen Sullivan, Claire Dalton, Tom Flavin, Judith Boyle, Ivan Varian, Aine Maguire, Pádraic Óg Gallagher, Patrick Ryan, John Relihan, Anthony O’Toole and Niall Sabongi. Photograph: Pat Moore

Chefs, brewers, bakers, writers and publicans appointed as food ambassadors to tell visitors how to find the best Ireland h(...)

Chefs and Euro-Toques members Ross Lewis (left), and Sunil Ghai, with  Darina Allen.

Myrtle Allen (92), founder of Euro-Toques Ireland, honoured at awards presentation

 Patrick Powell, head chef at London’s Chiltern Firehouse: “Managing 50 chefs and ensuring we continue to deliver the high expectations that surround us.”

Head chef at hip restaurant Chiltern Firehouse is headlining at Taste of Dublin next week

The capital’s doughnut craze continues as The Rolling Donut adds a flagship store on Bachelor’s Walk

Marie-Claire Digby rounds up this week’s food news

 Our Table, an open air banquet for 400 people took place on Cork’s Oliver Plunkett Street on June 14th as part of this year’s Cork Midsummer Festival. Picture Clare Keogh

Plus sauces in Bloom and prideful potatoes

The Timing of Fires was the title of his talk at Litfest, and that meant a 4am start for  the Argentinian master of cooking with fire Francis Mallmann (above right), with Fingal Ferguson. Photograph: Joleen Cronin

It was another memorable weekend at the fourth Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine, with another sell-out crow(...)

The correct cup: the taste of your coffee is influenced by the vessel from which you drink it.

Style and function meet in specially designed hot beverage vessels,

Rory O’Connell (fourth from left), co-director of the Kerrygold Ballymaloe LitFest, pictured with Kamal Mouzawak, Claire Ptak, Cortney Burns and Sky Gyngell and Francis Mallman.  Photograph:  Clare Keogh

With hundreds of events taking place at the Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food & Wine this weekend, it helps to know w(...)

The Campo Viejo Tapas Trail returns to Dublin and Cava Galway is one of the venues taking part

As well as new premium chocolate bars from Lily O’Brien and the Campo Viejo Tapas Trail returns to Dublin

Yotam Ottolenghi, chef and restauranteur. Photograph: Joanne O’Brien

The London master chef and his team develop new recipes at an unusual test kitchen in Camden

The Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food & Wine runs from May 20th-22nd. Illustration: Lydia Hugh Jones

Francis Mallmann, Mya Henry, Claire Ptak and Hugh Johnson among the big names taking part

Yotam Ottolenghi (R) and Ramael Scully (L). Scully is head chef at Ottolenghi's restaurant Nopi.

The head chef at NOPI and co-author of the restaurant’s cookbook is endlessly curious

Sabrina Ghayour: “I chose the name Sirocco because it’s a Saharan wind that starts in the east and blows west, and my flavour palette is very eastern-based, but combined with the everyday western produce I grew up with.”

Following her best-selling debut, Sabrina Ghayour’s second cookbook is a masterful blend of East and West. She comes to Dublin for(...)

Getting in the mood for the 2016 Slow Food Festival with a little trip out on the Atlantic (from left): Liam O’ Brien - manager The Doolin Ferry Co, Birgitta Hedin-Curtin - chairperson Slow Food Clare, John Curtin and Kieran O’ Halloran - Kieran’s Kitchen at The Roadside Tavern. Photograph: Yvonne Vaughan Photography.

Cavan chef promotes gluten-free cooking as Taste of Dublin prepares for its homecoming

The Hang Fire Cookbook: Recipes and Adventures in American BBQ gives instructions on how to build your own smoker, care for it and(...)

Holy Smoke BBQ restaurant, Cork. Photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

John Relihan is cooking low ’n‘slow at Holy Smoke barbecue restaurant in Cork

Risotto Asparagus risotto three ways with parmesan sauce, fish ragout and hard-boiled egg sauce on the Ross Lewis Luciano Tona House of Peroni menu

Chefs Ross Lewis Italian Luciano Tona to delight at House of Peroni pop-up

Cashew nut and paneer koftas: one of the recipes in Chetna Makan’s new cookbook

‘Great British Bake Off’ semi-finalist Chetna Makan’s cookbook is strongly flavoured by her Indian heritage

West Waterford Festival of Food highlights local produce and stars

Tipperary Food Producers members and supporters ahead of the Great Taste Awatds 2016.

From a hot smoky barbecue restaurant in Cork to tip top Tipperary fare and a Sligo trail

Donal Skehan ... back in Ireland for a few months, but  heading to London this weekend to present ‘Saturday Kitchen’ on BBC television

The Irish Times food writer and TV star will take the helm at the live cookery show on Saturday morning

Guardian food writer Felicity Cloake by Alistair Levy

The A-Z of Eating: A Flavour Map for the Adventurous Cook is the carb-loving writer’s fourth book

Léonie Ferguson has built a business based on her childhood recipe for chocolate biscuit cake

Cooking the Pakistani way, buying biscuity treats and pitting Burgundy against Bordeaux

Aisling Larkin and Louise Lennon of

Put your barbecue skills to the test, meet Trish Deseine, cooking for kids

Chefs Paul Flynn and Louise Clarke (front, centre) getting set for the West Waterford Festival of Food

Marie-Claire Digby rounds up this week's food news with Rosemaire Durr’s hand-thrown pottery at sale prices and a spread of amazin(...)

Sample brewer’s paste, make your own wholefood snack bars, visit Val’s Kitchen

Donal Skehan, The Irish Times Magazine’s newest food columnist. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Food writer Donal Skehan will soon take ‘Irish Times’ readers on a global food journey from his new base in Los Angeles. But be(...)

Meet the women who have succeeded in putting Irish food on menus around the world

The 2016 Irish Food Writers' Guild Food Award winners are, from left: Ralph Haslam – Mossfield Organic Farm (Offaly); Julie and Rod Calder-Potts – Highbank Organic Orchards (Kilkenny); Cuilan Loughnane – White Gypsy Brewery (Tipperary); Sharon Greene – Wild Irish Foragers (Offaly); Kirsti O’Kelly – Silver Darlings (Limerick); and standing front: Joe Fitzmaurice – Riot Rye Bakehouse and Bread School (Tipperary). Photograph: Paul Sherwood

Writers give the nod to pickled herring, nettle syrup, milk and stout

Marie-Claire Digby with this week's food news

Pastry chef Will Torrent makes it easy to reproduce classic pâtisserie at home

Marie-Claire Digby rounds up this week’s food news

Avansino’s book has been described as “a healthy eating bible”, but rather than preaching, it gently encourages what is an adaptable and inclusive way to eat.

Calgary Avansino’s ‘Keep It Real’ is persuasive about the benefits of a plant-based diet

Derry Clarke of L’Ecrivain is getting on his bike for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Marie-Claire Digby rounds up this week's food news

 Ali Mitter, Shane Bonner and Katrina Crawford; behind, Clare Wilkinson Naveen Bachani, and Mari Donelan at Newmarket Kitchen at Bray Business Park . Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Commercial food preparation spaces take everyone from start-ups to large firms

Chefs Gill Meller and Steven Lamb, who both feature in the River Cottage TV shows and cookbooks, will be teaching hands-on classes

Marie-Claire Didgy rounds up the week’s food news

Ella Woodward: The eating regime that Woodward devised involved saying goodbye to gluten, dairy, refined sugar, processed food, additives and meat. Photograph: Clare Winfield

Ella Woodward’s health turnaround has inspired her second recipe book and new deli

Knockranny House Hotel

Marie-Claire Digby on this week's food news

Deep fried seabass from Eatzen for Chinese New Year

Marie-Claire Digby rounds up this week’s food news

Superfood granola balls

These nutritious treats are versatile and easy to make

Gareth Mullins, executive chef at The Marker hotel in Dublin: ‘Healthy food doesn’t mean bland food.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Marker’s executive chef devises menus that are as nutritious as they are tasty

Tickets went on sale today for the fourth Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine which takes place in May. Photograph: Joleen Cronin

Booking opened at noon today for the annual festival of food, drink and literature and for some events the sold out sign is al(...)

The weekly food news round-up from Marie-Claire Digby

To spot truffles, you typically look for the brûlée or burn, around the trees. They grow best in south-facing beech, oak, birch an(...)

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It’s been a bumper year for food publishing, so much so that selecting just 10 books to recommend was a challenge

We’ve enlisted Derry Clarke (L’Ecrivain); Ken Harker (Lady Helen); Ross Lewis (Chapter One); Danni Barry (EIPIC) and Aoife Noonan (Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud) to suggest seasonal dishes with a twist for Christmas. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

We asked chefs from Michelin-starred Irish restaurants to tackle five fantastic courses

Marie-Claire Digby rounds up this weeks food news

Chef Gavin McDonagh, at Brioche Restaurant, in Ranelagh, Dublin, with his family, friends and Christmas Dinner.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Chef Gavin McDonagh shares his recipes for a hassle-free Christmas family feast

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