Fundraiser at cookery demonstration for special care baby unit

Top TV cook, Rachel Allen, is to team up with Tipperary Food Producers next month for a Christmas Cookery Extravaganza.

Top TV cook, Rachel Allen, is to team up with Tipperary Food Producers next month for a Christmas Cookery Extravaganza.

Up to 500 foodies are expected at the Clonmel Park Hotel on December 7 to see the celebrity chef create special festive dishes from the best of local Tipperary artisan food produce.

Rachel Allen, who is part of the world famous Ballymaloe Cookery School in East Cork and well known from her regular television shows and for her bestselling cook books, will prepare a variety of delicious dishes for the Tipperary food showcase. As well as her unique take on traditional Christmas favourites, she will also be offering exciting new ideas using the finest of local ingredients.

There will be a fund-raiser during the evening for the South Tipperary General Hospital Special Care Baby Unit, which is badly in need of much needed equipment.

Tipperary Cheese and wine will be served at the informative Christmas Cookery demonstration. Clonmel-based wine expert, Gary Gubbins of Red Nose Wine, will be giving guidance on wines to accompany the variety of dishes. Well known food blogger Imen McDonnell, will give a live butter-making demonstration.

“I am very excited about coming to Tipperary to do this demonstration. Tipperary food has such a fantastic reputation and the local producers are doing great work to promote this wonderful asset. I will be doing traditional recipes but there will be a few surprises thrown in there too” said Rachel Allen.

The evening has been organised by the Tipperary Food Producers Network, which is appealing to consumers this Christmas to support small, artisan food producers and to shop and buy local.

“For every €10 spent with local food businesses, €34 goes back to the local economy. But for every €10 spent with large retail multiples, only €16 is returned to the local economy. We have some of the best food on our doorstep here in Tipperary and we urge local people to support their local producers,” according to Chairman of the Tipperary Food Producers Network, Pat Whelan.

“This Christmas we are urging consumers to visit their local baker, butcher, farm shops, cheesemonger, retailers and farmers markets - all who provide top quality food at reasonable prices.”

Mr Whelan said the network is delighted to have someone of the calibre of Rachel Allen coming to Tipperary to do the Christmas Cookery Extravaganza. “She is a huge supporter of local food and we look forward to seeing her put her unique twist on the ingredients we have to offer here in our County.”

He said it is hoped the attendees will also dig deep to help out the Special Care Baby Unit which needs equipment and whose dedicated staff do amazing work for sick children.

This is a ticket event only and tickets will NOT be available on the door on the night. Tickets for the demo which is at 7.30p.m in the Clonmel Park Hotel, Clonmel, on Wednesday December 7, are €20. Tickets are only available from James Whelan Butchers, Clonmel, Hickeys Bakery, West Gate, Clonmel, Red Nose Wine, Cashel Road, Clonmel, Inch House, Thurles or from any other members of the Tipperary Food Producers Network.