Archive for July, 2012

Wild&Slow returns to Macreddin Village.

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Ireland’s, Wild&Slow Festival 2012 returns to Macreddin Village, Co. Wicklow on Saturday and Sunday, November 10th & 11th.

Presented by Slow Food Ireland and celebrating all that is good about Irish foods – fresh, local, traditional & wild – in a WinterFest Style Market, that will run from afternoon into crisp dark evening.

Last year’s event was a huge success with over 1,100 people attending workshops and demonstrations, and nearly 3,000 people attending the Winterfest style market that went on over the entire weekend.

Picture yourself wandering down a frosty winter street in a rural and picturesque Irish village, your breath hanging foggily in the air, and your hands warmed by blazing wood-burning braziers and a cup of spiced, mulled wine. Imagine the feeling of a unique European Winter-Fest style market, here in Ireland. So now, visualise rows of wooden stalls lining both sides of the street, with hundreds of homemade foods on display. This is the culmination of Wild&Slow 2012, an exciting national event, which is designed to showcase and celebrate the best of wild foods that the Garden of Ireland has to offer.

In addition to the fantastic Wild Foods that will be on sale from the stallholders, there will be Wild Workshops, Tastings, Talks and Demonstrations…something to spark the interest of all.

The Wild&Slow Festival promises to be a great weekend, and if you want to really spoil yourself, why not stay a night or two? B&B is available in the BrookLodge on Saturday November 10th from €70 pps and on Sun, Nov 11th from €60 pps. There will be a unique Wild Foods Dinner on the Saturday night at a cost of €65 per person including wine, and dinner will be available on the Sunday night in either The Strawberry Tree or La Taverna Armento. Bookings can be made online at BrookLodge Reservations.  If you’re interested in becoming a member of Slow Food Ireland, you can get details by emailing

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As Good As It Gets…

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Ok, it may not be the summer we hoped for, but it looks like this is as good as it’s going to get! Actually, the last three weeks have been quite nice here in Macreddin Village – some very warm days and a few nippy ones, and some great sunny spells with the occasional monsoon, but generally it’s been reasonably ok, and virtually all our guests have managed to sit outside with the daily newspaper, or sunbathe outside the Wells Spa, or get a big walk or a round of golf in. And even when it’s been a bit disappointing, well, it’s a good excuse to curl up with a book and a glass of wine in the Waterside Lounge.

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There’s a new buzz in Macreddin village…

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

Our latest addition to the Village is a bee-keeping enterprise, which will provide honey to our kitchens, and for brekkie, and also for sale in The Store Rooms. Our beekeeper Sarah will manage and take care of the beehive, which is situated in our walled organic herb garden.

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The Germans are coming… (hopefully!)

Monday, July 9th, 2012

The German offices of Tourism Ireland organised a select and targeted “Sales Blitz” of leading Tour Operators and Event Management companies last week in the Munich Area, with just three representatives of the Irish Tourist Industry attending, along with one of the Tourism Ireland team. Our own Suzanne (who anyone that has ever booked a Conference or Team Building break in the BrookLodge will know) attended, along with Bernard from Joe O’Reilly Tours and Dymphy from The Dylan Hotel.  Tourism Ireland had made 25 appointments over the three days, and the feedback from everyone they met was fantastic.

Part of the presentation that Bernard gave was that, Ireland is on everyone’s “To Do” list and when people are looking at their holidays Ireland is frequently considered, but often his or her partner will opt for the sun holiday instead.  So, when they get the opportunity to attend a conference in Ireland, they jump at the chance!   This has often resulted in original numbers being increased all because of their dream of coming to Ireland!

Suzanne said on her return on Friday that “the promotional trip, though exhausting, was really inspiring as it showed the incredibly strong opinion that most Germans still have of the Irish and Ireland, and hopefully we’ll see this convert into increased visitors over the next year”. She went on to thank Aoife in Tourism Ireland “who was our driver and guide for the three days, bringing us from appointment to appointment – bless her, there is no way I would have been able to make my way around Munich at that speed without her.  She was the perfect hostess”

Suzanne also took this photograph of one of the offices where they had a meeting. Now that’s what we call an office block!

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