Monthly Archives: June 2010

Domhnach na bhFraocháin… Fraughan Sunday 25th July

Fraughan Sunday traditionally takes place on the last Sunday in July, although it had previously been known as part of the Lughanasa festival in pre-Christian Ireland. We are assured that changes in ancient calendars, rather than global warming seem to have brought the harvest forward!

This year as part of our journey with wild foods, we are going to harvest, pick, eat, store, bake, preserve and gorge on Wild Wicklow Bilberries! This will take place at a secret location in the county ( somewhere between Rathnew and Rathdrum!)

This event is FREE!

You will need appropriate clothing/ footwear as the spot is about 15-20 mins walk from the road, in forest. Suitable for all ages, bring along a basket or bag for your berries, and a small picnic. We expect to spend about four hours in total, and picking bilberries is thirsty and hungry work!

DETAILS FOR SUNDAY 25TH JULY
We think it is a good idea to car pool. Will meet as follows:
Meet at Recycle Point opposite King’s Pub in Glenealy, Co. Wicklow @ 11.30 am. Depart 11.45 am. We can car-pool from here.
 
Directions to Barnbawn: Take the Rathdrum road out of Glenealy and turn right onto L 2116, this is just before the railway bridge on a bad bend. Continue uphill for 1.3 miles and take the first left. Continue for 1.9 miles keeping left at next junction. Forest entrance is on RHS. Park cars considerately on verges.
 
GPS:
52° 57’ 49.75”N     6°11’ 57.01” W
15 Mins walk into woods following the Sugarloaf signs! Wear appropriate clothing/footwear as while the walk-in is on track, the foraging is most definatley not!
Expect to spend 3-4 hrs in total, so bring some light refreshments. Excess bilberry harvest you might have will be purchased from you on the day for The Strawberry Tree Restaurant.

Bilberries transport you more thoroughly into the role of Hunter-Gatherer than perhaps any other wild food       – Richard Mabey Author of  “Food for Free”

Slowmotion Film Night Sunday 27 June 2010 – new date

THE SUGARLOAF PRESENTS ITS INAUGAURAL MOVIE CLUB NIGHT ON THE BIG, BIG, BIG SCREEN IN BROOKHALL AT MACREDDIN VILLAGE. ONE FOOD DOCUMENTARY, ONE FOOD MOVIE, TOGETHER WITH SLOW NIBBLES, SLOW WINE AND SLOW FRIENDS. SUNDAY 27TH JUNE AT 4PM. CONTACT aislingnicra@gmail.com TO RESERVE NOW
€10 FOR MEMBERS, €15 FOR NON MEMBERS.

End of the Line followed by Bottle Shock

End of the Line is made by people who are clearly very well informed. It was conceived by the environmental writer Charles Clover; you can feel, as you watch, that this is someone who’s been intrepid in his research. It’s a bit like a thriller. We see every stage of the market, from criminal boats on the high seas to the expensive eating houses in Japan and London. It’s very courageous and witty.
Director Randall Miller delicately composes Bottle Shock as a cinematic love letter to California’s wine country, where he shot the film in its sun-soaked entirety. Based on a true story, the film reveals America’s initiation into and contribution to vinification, along with the brave and enterprising artisans who love nothing more than to bottle it.