Charity food and wine evening will get you in gear for Christmas

Get your Christmas preparations – the edible and floral ones at least – all wrapped up in one very enjoyable evening at the Rotary Club of Clonmel’s Christmas Food and Wine Evening in aid of South Tipperary Hospice.

Get your Christmas preparations – the edible and floral ones at least – all wrapped up in one very enjoyable evening at the Rotary Club of Clonmel’s Christmas Food and Wine Evening in aid of South Tipperary Hospice.

It’s all happening at Raheen House, Clonmel, on Wednesday, December 7, at 8pm.

Last year’s event was a sell-out and a most enjoyable success, so make sure you get your ticket in plenty of time for a great evening.

Chef Jenny Flynn of The Sweetest Thing Cookery School will demonstrate seasonal recipes – with plenty of tastes for the audience.

The Wine Buff (whose delicious range of wines are now on sale at the Honey Pot shop in Clonmel) will conduct a tasting of wines for festive entertaining.

And florist Ann Fitzpatrick will give you lots of inspiration for flower arrangements to brighten up your Christmas.

A new addition to this year’s event is a display by The Black Bee Shop and Gallery, Cahir, which was opened almost a year ago by proprietor, ceramic artist Denis Ryan.

The shop has a lovely selection of ceramics, Max Benjamin candles, limited edition prints, equestrian art, bags, scarves, silks, kitchen accessories and a selection of locally-made artisan foods.

There will be goody bags for everyone going home.

Tickets are on sale now, priced at $20 each, from Cluain Training Centre, Nelson Street, Clonmel; O’Sullivan Insurances, Mitchel Street; and Marian O’Flaherty Chiropodist, St. Patrick’s Terrace.

The evening is also the launch of the Rotary Club’s annual Remembrance Tree, also in aid of Hospice, which is a much-loved part of the Christmas season in South Tipperary.

The Remembrance Tree will be outside Superquinn in Market Place over the weekend before Christmas.

Members of the public can visit the Tree and purchase a ribbon in memory of a loved one who is deceased, ill or maybe has emigrated and won’t be home for Christmas.

The ribbons will all be attached to the Tree and at the end of the Christmas season a prayer service will be held to pray for all who are remembered in this way.

The amount you donate is up to yourself, and all funds raised will go to South Tipperary Hospice.