Lisloughrey Lodge in Cong, County Mayo, was the perfect setting for a group of like minded food-lovers to gather on Sunday for the inaugural Slow Food Mayo event.
Over 50 people attended SlowFood Mayo’s first event on Sunday, November 24th, 2013, organised by Aran McMahon (Café Rua, Castlebar) and John Masterson (James Nicholson Wines), who are leading the way in establishing the Slow Food Mayo Convivium and they were excited to see a huge amount of local interest already.
Their first event was supported by several local business and chefs from all over county Mayo, which included but was not limited to:
Jonathan Keane (Chef, Lisloughrey Lodge), Stephen Lenehan (Chef, Beleek Castle), Kate O’Connor Kennedy (Killary Fjord Shellfish), Andrew Pelham-Burn (Carrowhowlly Cheese), Mark Cadden (Chef/Owner Bar One, Castlebar), Michelle Costello (Cuinneog Dairy), Aran McMahon (Café Rua, Castlebar), and Seán Kelly (Kellys Butcher, Newport).
Also present to show their support for the inaugural event were several members of the Slow Food Galway convivium. Barbara Buckley, (Treasurer of Slow Food Galway), Anne Marie Carroll (Food writer with the Galway Advertiser), Ray McDonnell (Graphic Design Artist at Link Associates), and Ron Wise (Master Baker at Morton’s of Galway).
The new Slow Food Mayo convivium, charging a modest annual membership fee (€50), plans to hold quarterly events (March/June/September/December) and are looking forward to growing their membership during the first year. Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization linking the pleasure of good food with a commitment to local communities and the environment.
A non-profit member-supported association, Slow Food was founded in Italy in 1989, by Carlo Petrini, to counter the rise of fast food, fast life, and the disappearance of local food traditions. Slow Food encourages members to reignite their interest in the food that they eat, know where it comes from, and get a better understanding of how our food purchases affect the world we live in today.
To join the local Slow Food Mayo organisation you can apply for a membership online at www.SlowFoodIreland.com or you can keep abreast of upcoming events by connecting with Slow Food Mayo on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/pages/slowfoodmayo.
Pictured above: At the Slow Food Mayo inaugural event in Lisloughrey Lodge in Cong were Katie Cadden (Bar One, Castlebar), Aran McMahon (Rua, Castlebar) and Mark Cadden (Bar One, Castlebar). Photo: Móna Wise