The Irish National Dairy Council has something to please all tastes at this year’s National Ploughing Championships with an exciting programme of events.
There are cooking demos, tastings, education, healthcare experts and sports stars at its stand over the three days – as well as one or two surprise guests.
Inspired by the new NDC advertising campaign – Love Irish Dairy – its all things romance at the stand on day 1.
RTE’s Marty Morrissey will be bringing Grá Island to the Ploughing with a special dating contest. The council is looking for some eager male and female participants to take part and win some great prizes! There will also be a special surprise guest from one of this summer’s biggest shows!
Ever heard of a milk sommelier? NDC searched all corners of the planet and found the world’s first Milk Sommelier – Bas de Groot from Holland.
De Groot’s conception of milk mirrors what most of us have of wine, believing that terroir matters. A region’s climate, soil, and surrounding flora will affect the end result we taste.
“Milk and wine are both made from living products,” explains de Groot in the video. “One is made by soil in the plants. The other is also made by the soil … with the cow in between.”
Food Writer John McKenna will be chatting to Bas and conducting a special “milk tasting”.
2019 is the year that has really focused everyone’s mind on the importance of sustainability and climate change. This is crucially important to the agri-food sector and NDC has designed its very own Climate College – an interactive maze full of entertainment, activity and education to feed the senses and the imagination.
Children can learn about climate change, animal welfare, Irish farming’s best practices, sustainability and much more through memorable and fun activities. Soil, grass, water and energy will be a key focus on the journey.
There is also a dedicated health screening area at the stand manned by expert nurses from Cappagh Hospital in Dublin.
Why not get your blood pressure taken at the Health Heart centre, check your weight and BMI and check out those tired feet with the specula Foot and Wellie Clinic and get expert advice from the podiatrists!
From gorgeous Gouda to magnificent Milleens, cheese addicts will be well catered for at the stand this year.
Chef Donal Skehan will be in attendance to chat about his life in LA and to show visitors how to make some of his delicious cheese recipes, produced through his ambassadorship of the European Milk Forum’s “Cheese. Your Way” campaign, implemented locally by the National Dairy Council to encourage more Irish consumers to enjoy quality cheese from Europe.
There will also be cheese tastings throughout the three days and a discussion on the history of cheese with Kevin Sheridan and food historian Regina Sexton.
On day 2 the fabulous Clodagh McKenna will be cooking up some delicious recipes at the demo area and talking about her role as Food Ambassador for the NDC and Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards.
Lilly Higgins will also be cooking up a storm with some delicious dishes in the demo kitchen on day 3.
As always, the NDC stand will have a showcase of the cream of Irish dairy produce from its co-ops with sampling throughout the three days.
n The NDC stand can be found at Block 3, Row 18, Stand 397.