St Patrick’s day – 17th March
Saint Patrick’s day owes its heritage to religion, specifically the arrival of Catholicism in Ireland back in the 5th century. The Lenten restrictions on eating are lifted for Saint Patrick’s Day and the consumption of rich foods and alcohol is celebrated. Public festivals are common festivities associated with Saint Patrick’s day with the wearing of green attire and shamrocks strongly represented throughout. Whilst we have a full range of wines, beers and spirits to accommodate such an event, Irish alcohol lends itself perfectly to many wonderful recipes. Think beef and Guinness stew, Jameson whiskey Irish ribs, beef and Guinness pies and salted caramel whiskey bread and butter pudding. If this doesn’t tickle your fancy why not try some traditional Irish recipes such as Boxty pancakes, Barmbrack or colcannon, all of which use great natural products and vegetables, another popular trend with 84% of Millennials agreeing that “freshness is likely to influence their food and beverage purchases”*.
*The Food People 2016