“On April 19th last (2005) Euro-Toques Ireland participated at the European Parliament Event held at the delegate’s Restaurant, Parliament Buildings, Brussels. Commissioner General, Martin Dwyer was accompanied by Food Committee member Brid Torrades ( Bríd’s daughter Fiona Torrades travelled to the event) and Euro-Toques Project Coordinator Abigail Colleran. The event was an opportunity to showcase to the Members of the European Parliament the range of quality foods specific to each Euro-Toques country with the specific intention of highlighting foods or Culinary Traditions under threat in some cases due to changes in European Law or alternatively requiring changes to protect these foods or traditions.
The array of foods on display at the Irish stand included Wild Irish Smoked Salmon (Traditional & Hot Smoked Honey Roast Salmon) from the Connemara Smokehouse, served with traditional Irish Soda Bread and Sheila’s Farmhouse Country Butter from Co. Mayo. West Cork Scallops supplied by Shellfish de la Mere accompanied by Dry Cured Bacon from Moyallon Foods. We presented a selection of Raw Milk Irish farmhouse Cheeses form across the country, including; Bellingham Blue, Cooleeney, Drumlin, Desmond, Durrus, Mount Callan and St. Tola, accompanying the Cheeses were Ditty’s Oatcakes produced in Co. Antrim…”