Airfield Estate, Dublin announces the inaugural Airfield Estate Food Series on Thursday April 27th from 1.30pm – 5.15pm. The first in a series of food talks at the Dundrum farm and gardens, the April session will fo 1916 - 2016cus on ‘The Irish Foodscape, 1916 – 2016’, an engaging exploration of how food in Ireland has evolved and diversified throughout the century. This lively discussion and debate will be hosted by journalist and broadcaster Pól Ó’Conghaile, in the company of many guest speakers. The event will examine land use, food production, food sustainability, regulation and policy, changes in food consumption and much more. The afternoon will conclude with a Social Supper on the Estate.
Joining Pól in The Hive at Airfield will be a diverse gathering of speakers. Broadcaster Micheál Ó Muireachtaigh takes an entertaining look at the changing diet over the years with particular focus on GAA players; food critic Ernie Whalley explores how restaurant menus reflect changing tastes; a speaker from the CSO Barra Casey will share decades of CPI statistics, which will provide an intriguing insight into Ireland’s food consumption patterns; farmer Joe Hayden of the award winning Orchard Centre and Bailey’s Farm in Wicklow, speaks about the evolution of the Irish family farm over the years, from farming practices and diversification, through the development of agri-tourism. Journalist and author Paddy Woodworth discusses natural interest and natural capital.
Education and Learning Co-ordinator with Airfield, Dr. Kirstie McAdoo will discuss how policy has impacted Animal Welfare. Food historian Regina Sexton examines the national and international perception of Irish food over the decades. David Meredith joins from Teagasc to discuss the changing face of land use, food production and the future of Irish agriculture; Morton’s Fine Foods, the Ranelagh based family business trading since the 1930’s, looks at the history of food retailing in Ireland; UCC Researcher Helena O’Connor debates current farming policies around productivity and how we can meet market demand in a sustainable way, while food and travel writer Joe McNamee delves into Ireland’s “cracked” foodie culture.
The evening comes to a close with an optional Social Supper, a chance to enjoy some of the Estate’s incredible produce, for which it was awarded Ireland’s Best Food and Beverage Experience 2016 at the recent Irish Tourism Industry Awards.