Even though we're all practicing physical distancing and most of us are working from home, we still want to help support Irish food and drink producers.
We've decided to help our readers #ShopForIreland, so we'll be posting every day to highlight great food and drink businesses around the country. Get in touch on our social channels with your suggestions on who we should write about.
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The Le Levain pop-up at Dollard & Co, Dublin
Missing your fix of Le Levain bread from the stall at the Temple Bar Market, which is temporarily closed? Worry not, because the bakery is popping up tomorrow, April 25, at Dollard & Co On Wellington Quay in Dublin city centre. Dollard & Co’s food hall and deli – which includes a butchers’ counter, cheesemonger, off licence and bakery - opens at 9am on Saturday, and the Le Levain stall will be there until 3pm. More info here.
Essential Food Trails, deliveries nationwide
When Siobhán Sloane set up Essential Food Trails, which offers food road trips in the Sliabh Aughty region of east Galway, the only transport issue she had to think about was the best bus to hire. Now she has swapped coaches for couriers, and has turned her business into an online farmers' market delivering hampers all over Ireland. “We can't visit the farms, markets and restaurants in the area at the minute, but I wanted to keep some focus on the region for when we travel again,” she says.
The range of hampers on offer include the Taste of Sliabh Aughty box, which is €35 and includes Kylemore farmhouse cheese, Sliabh Aughty hot honey, Gran Grans Food chutney, Irish whiskey marmalade, rosemary and garlic-infused olive oil, and Foods of Athenry multi-seed toasts. Sloane is also selling a ‘honey and herbs’ natural skincare box for €20; inside is a beeswax and lavender hand cream, beeswax, peppermint and orange foot cream, and beeswax lavender and orange lip balm.
Standard delivery within Ireland on all boxes is €7, and you can order here.
Daddy’s Café, Dublin 8
Having initially closed due to you know what, Daddy’s Café in Rialto in Dublin 8 is back open for takeaways from Wednesdays to Saturdays from 10am to 3pm – and its Insta feed will have you drooling into your phone. How about a slice of brie, buttered apples and confit onion tart? Or maybe a sandwich with Annascaul black pudding, celeriac and horseradish remoulade and rocket on Tartine sourdough? We could go on, but you get the drift. Have something delicious for us while you’re there. Check out its Instagram for more.