Fiona Falconer with her product Wild About with Claire Maguire and Paul Dowling from Swords at the opening of the Bite 2015 Food Festival at the RDS. Over 20,000 Irish food and drink lovers are expected to attend the first annual Festival, showcasing the best of Ireland’s artisan food and drink producers, between Thursday and Sunday

It’s one o’clock at the Bite food festival at the RDS and, even for me, it’s too early to crack into the drink. Some of us are meant to be working. T(...)

Adam Murphy, marketing director, Ornua

INNOVATION AWARD COMPANY: GALLAGHER’S BAKERY - PURE BRED Innovation has been central to the success of the Pure Bred range and the business has(...)

Kate Packwood set up Wildflour Bakery to offer cakes that have a distinctive style, an eccentricity and strong attention to detail . Photograph: Rincy Koshy

WILD BAKING Kate Packwood describes herself as a “British woman working with Irish ingredients”, which is how she found herself a finalist(...)

Last week’s homemade ketchup has to be paired with this week’s hand-cut chips. Chips are one of my favourite things to make from scratch and I woul(...)

Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan said the changes are aimed to offer viable alternatives to third level education. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

A major overhaul of state-sponsored apprenticeships has been unveiled, aimed at providing school-leavers with a “viable, legitimate, positive alternat(...)

Jamaican/British musician and chef  Levi Roots brings a taste of the Caribbean to The Big Grill Festival in Herbert Park next month. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Levi Roots, Jamaican British reggae musician, chef, author and food entrepreneur leads a strong line-up of participants in The Big Grill Festival whic(...)

A view of a Moy Park plant. The poultry producer has been sold by its owner to a 	Brazilian company in a deal worth €1.32 billion. Photograph: Brian Hallam/Moy Park

Moy Park, Northern Ireland’s biggest private employer, has been sold by its Brazilian owner to a local rival in a deal worth €1.32 billion. Debt-la(...)

Moy Park  is the largest producer of poultry in the UK

Brazil’s JBS, the world’s largest meat packer, has agreed to pay about $1.5 billion for Moy Park, the British unit of rival Marfrig Global Foods. JBS(...)

St Ives harbour, Cornwall:   this part of England  gets the best weather, yet doesn’t get too hot for children. Photograph: Matt  Cardy/Getty Images

I am parenting my 12-year-old daughter on my own. Holidays are always a bit of a challenge as she does not like the heat and is a very active child so(...)

Kale farmer Christopher Keane: “We can’t keep it on the shelves. I think it was some model over in America mentioned a few years ago that she was eating kale and the next thing was, everyone wanted to eat kale.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Gwyneth Paltrow’s dietary whims were the last thing on Christopher Keane’s mind when he began growing kale after he left college many years ago. Back (...)