Enjoy some of the finest tastes of Ireland at the CHQ’s ‘Taste The Island’ event, held at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, winner of Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction 2019.
Date : 1st October 2019
We should never underestimate the vast importance of the role that food and drink play in the culture of a nation. When people are displaced and arrive in a foreign land, they bring with them traditions and rituals that are bred in the bone and vital to their sense of who they are and where they come from.
Religion, language, music, dance, sports, and literature – all of these are at the heart of a national culture. And the whole culture surrounding food and drink can be a daily reminder of the old country and the old ways.
In the talk, Margaret Hickey, bestselling author of Ireland’s Green Larder, will look at the way that the Irish brought with them attitudes to food and drink that they shared with their newfound neighbours. As the Irish became accustomed to new foods and new ways of preparing and eating food, so, too, they exerted an influence, introducing their own ways of dealing with, often, the same ingredients but in a different way. A symbiotic relationship grew up wherever the Irish settled. They learned from the customs of their new land, and they taught what had been passed down over the centuries in their native land.
Specifically, she will look at bread making and baking in general. The Irish methods of distilling and how they were taken up overseas. The many manifestations and permutations on cooking with oatmeal. Irish stew and its evolution. The rituals attendant on food preparation and cooking.
There will also be a traditional musical accompaniment on the night.
This event is part of Taste the Island.