Calendar of Events

Elderflower picking Sunday 5th June 2011

Meet up at location (TBA) at 11:00am an Sunday 5th June to pick some Elderflowers. More info to follow

Don’t bottle out ! Sunday 8th May 2011

Roll up for a masterclass in pickling, preserving and bottling with doyenne Janet Drew. Janet is described as the original Irish artisan chutney and preserve maker and is opening up her kitchen to Sugarloafers and friends, who intend preparing and preserving wild foods for Wild & Slow later in the year.

Janet will cover basic principles and details on, cleaning, preparing, cooking, temperatures, hot-bottling and sterilising techniques. She will also give a demonstration on one of her production runs. You will need to bring an apron, and crucially a pencil and notepad. Ask questions and take notes.

Janet has also very kindly offered jars and bottles at trade prices.

Venue: Janet’s Country Fayre, Unit 13B, Bullford Business Campus, Kilcoole, Co. Wicklow.
Time: 11am for 2 hours approx
Date: Sunday 8th May

Places are limited and booking is essential – book a placey by emailing

AGM and Pig on a Spit 27 Feburary 2011

AGM at 2pm on Sunday 27th February.  Fill out the attached questionnaire and be in with a chance to win an overnight for two in Brooklodge.  A treat not to be missed.

This is a chance for you as a member to take part in the organising, running and planning of events throughout the year and to have your say in what Slowfood means to you.  The main event being planned for this year is Slow and Wild which will take place in Aughrim on 12 and 13th November.  This is an exciting event and a true reflection on what Slowfood is all about. Come along to the AGM and let us know how you can take part in the organising of this unique outdoor festival. We will be covering recognition of wild foods, harvesting tips, preserving tips using traditional methods and outlining what is available, where and from when onwards. We will also be explaining what other stakeholders from the community are on board for this and how each of these have roles to play in this landmark event.  (Agenda to follow shortly)

Wild & Slow
Wild & Slow is intended to be a Winter festival on the closed-off main street of pretty Aughrim, with blazing log fires and hot mulled wine. There will be game handling and tasting workshops during the weekend, a wild food market open to all to participate in selling your own foraged and wild harvested goodies, a wild food photographic competition, foraging lectures, game and wine matching workshops and much more besides..
Pig on Spit
Following the AGM – a sumptuous feast of Certified Organic Pork raised nearby on Gold River Farm, and slow roasted on a spit will be had by all – you will get to learn about the whole process of preparing a pig for consumption, and get to do some spinning/cooking and even a little carving! BYOA ( bring your own apron!)

Cost of event  – Members €15 – Non Members €20 – If you become a member on the day you get the members rate
Booking is necessary – please e mail to book
See you there

Don’t miss your chance of being part of an exciting and eventful year and come along on 27th February.

Big Birthday Bash 2010

1. Birthday celebration
From 5pm to 7pm
We are coming to the end of the Slowfood Sugarloaf’s first year as and are delighted to invite you to a 1st Birthday celebration on 28th November 2010.  Check on our blog for write- ups on the events we had this year and feel free to add any comments.  Click here
The first part of the afternoon will celebrate our 1st birthday and Terra Madre Day which will be combined with an AGM which will give members a chance to voice any opinions or suggestions.   An agenda will be sent before the event.
This will take place from 5 to 7pm on Sunday 28th November in Brooklodge and there is no charge for this get-together.
Terra Madre is an international network of food producers, cooks, educators and students from 150 countries who are united by a common goal of global sustainability in food. The “food communities” of Terra Madre come together biennially to share innovative solutions and time-honored traditions for keeping small-scale agriculture and sustainable food production alive and well. Terra Madre Day is celebrated annually at the beginning of December.  For more information on Terra Madre click here.

2. Dinner at the Big Table
From 7pm until late
The second part of the Big Birthday Bash and Terra Madre Day will be the infamous Dinner at the Big Table.  Starting of with a Bubbly  reception at 7pm followed by a sumptuous selection of  delicious local and organic foods put together by the talented  Brooklodge chefs will be served The cost for Dinner at the Big Table is
Members €50 per person
Non-members €65 per person.
Places are limited – to book for dinner and/or for birthday celebration please e mail
Brooklodge is kindly offering members an excellent reduced rate for B&B for the evening

Members €50 per person sharing  – Single supplement  €25
Non members €65 per person sharing – Single supplement  €25

To book rooms
Contact Brooklodge directly as a credit card is required to book. Members must supply membership number also to avail of membership rate
Telephone:  0402 36444

Sunday 27th June 2010



End of the Line


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.

Sunday 25th April 2010

The Slow Food Sugarloaf Convivium and the OOOOBY Community Food Store invite you to rediscover and celebrate your family’s food heritage on “Grandmother’s Day”.
Speak to family members to find out what local/wild foods were used in your family, what the special recipes or techniques were, and then bring along something to share that you made yourself, based on what you learned.
This is a day out for the whole family (including grandparents!); come and bring your dishes and taste other family’s treats at the OOOOBY (Out Of Our Own Back Yards) Store in Glenealy Village. Coffee and tea will be served, and children are welcome and can play in the children’s art and dressup area.
The cost is €4 per adult / €10 per family, which includes coffee & tea. There are limited places for this event, so booking in advance is required
When: Sunday 25th April from 2-4pm
Where: The OOOOBY Store is located in the Glenealy Landscape Centre, Glenealy, Co Wicklow
Booking/more information: contact Mike at the OOOOBY Store: – (0404) 69570

Wednesday 14th April at 7:30pm in the Buttery Café

A Sugarloaf Scoop! First time for a pudding tasting.

Deal is that two more pigs have a contract out on them and are in all probability not gonna see Monday of next week, hence the short notice!  So fresh pudds… An organolaptic indulgent adventure mid week….. a mini event. (Wednesday 14th April at 7:30pm)

Unctuous and Under Threat… or … Pride in our Puddings!

Slow Food Ireland are currently working on a Presidium for traditional Irish puddings, when this is established there will be a measure of protection afforded to these delightful, unique, age old and nutritious Irish foods.

With this in mind, The Sugarloaf Club is thrilled to invite you to an organoleptic tasting and exploration of this fast disappearing gem, to let us all know what we will be missing unless we can get the protection in place.

Both black and white puddings will be made using only  freshly prepared local, pork,  offal, some oats, barley and of course some fresh blood! There will be no preservatives, colourings, artificial flavourings,

On the night we will get to taste and rank each of the puddings, and all of the data collected will be forwarded on to the National body as part of the project. You will be asked to evaluate and score the various sensory attributes and compare this with an industrially produced version. We will also post the results on our blogsite.

At the end of the tasting we will each get 1 ring of Black and 1 ring of White to bring away and share with others and impart our new found knowledge!!! These will keep for a full ten days chilled, but are at their most fantastic if eaten within 3!

Wednesday 14th April at 7:30pm in the Buttery Café in Newtownmountkennedy adjacent to Fishers. Parking in upper car park. See Bring an apple to compliment the pudding  and a pencil for the tasting notes. Apple juice will be served with the pudding to clear the palate.  Wine will be available to buy from the Buttery Café by the glass before & after the tasting if required.

Cost: €15 for members and €20 for non members

booking is essential
To book contact or 086 234 7629 asap

First Event Sunday 13th December 09

Launch of The Sugarloaf Club, a new Slow Food Convivium in conjunction with celebration of Terre Madre Day will take place
On Sunday 13th December @ 4pm in The Brooklodge Hotel, Macreddin, Aughrim. Co. Wicklow.

To launch the club, we will have cheese, wine and more, to explore and taste, in a convivial and relaxed atmosphere. We’ll have a calendar of events for 2010 to unveil, with a firm focus on taste, fun and up to our elbows in as much local food as we can.
More about us @   www.

On the day for adults we will have an organoleptic cheese tasting, where we can delve deep with doyenne of Slow Food Ireland ’s Raw Milk Cheese Presidium, Silke Cropp. This will be accompanied by Janet Drew’s Chutney for Cheese, made in Kilcoole, and John Hempenstall’s fantastic soft Wicklow cheese, made in Arklow.

…. Oh and there will be some wine too!

For kids we will have a taste/smell workshop, exploring different food smells, and some cheese. Guessing, matching and describing what we smell, taste and touch.

Each of you will get some aged hard and soft cows milk cheese and chutney to take home with you, and a new view of what can be done with milk.

Cost     €15 members
€22 non members

Accompanying kids are free.

Terre Madre (Mother Earth) Day
The Sugarloaf’s launching event is also our contribution to the Terre Madre Day. Slow Food is launching Terra Madre Day around the world, to be held for the first time on December 10 this year. Slow Food convivia, Terra Madre food communities and all people supportive of our ideals are invited to organize an event, however small or symbolic, in your local area. For more info see

More about Slow Food @

Membership is annual, costs €50 single or €60 household. Attached is membership application form …cash or cheques payable to “ The Sugarloaf Club”


The Calendar has not been written stone yet but here is what is proposed for the next 6 months

February or March – Bangers and Beer – in Hicks with a talk on history of pigs

April – TBC  – Sourdough Bread making – including how to make your own buttermilk

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