Dr Máirtín Mac Con Iomaire and Pádraic Óg Gallagher, with Maria Flynn

Venue: Headfort Arms Hotel

A discussion and demo with Irish patriarchs of the potato Dr Máirtín Mac Con Iomaire and Pádraic Óg Gallagher & Heritage Potato Producer Maria Flynn of Ballymakenny Farm.

The session will trace the introduction of the immigrant potato from origin in South American origin, to its central position in Irish cuisine and culture. Discussion will span centuries taking in the famine, varieties of potato, methods of production at all levels of society, and will demonstrate how to make a number of quintessentially Irish potato dishes including Boxty, Champ, and Colcannon, all associated with an Samhain, including histories and information from the Irish Folklore Commission, songs, poetry and stories written about the humble spud!

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