No smoke without fire at Drinagh masterclasses for barbeque fans

July 15th, 2018 7:05 AM

By Southern Star Team


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A trio of masterclasses that will demonstrate practical ways to source and prepare fish or cuts of meat will take place in Skibbereen. 

A TRIO of masterclasses that will demonstrate practical ways to source and prepare fish or cuts of meat will take place in Skibbereen. and Drinagh Co-Op are hosting ‘Féila Feola – Meat, Fish, Smoke & Fire’ in association with Drinagh Co-Op, Holy Smoke, The Fish Station, West Cork Brewing Company and West Cork Distillery from 2-8pm on Sunday, September 9th. 

The Smoke & Fire masterclass will be by Decky Walsh pitmaster and head chef of the city’s BBQ restaurant Holy Smoke. Decky will demonstrate six different methods of cooking over fire, including the first ever demonstration of Hang Fire BBQ to ever come to West Cork.

Meat preparation masterclass will be by Ger O’Callaghan, craft master butcher at Drinagh Co-op. Ger is a talented craft master butcher, and was one of the youngest to ever be awarded this prestigious qualification by the Association of Craft Butchers Ireland at the age of 21. Ger will expand people’s knowledge of what is available from butchers and how to prepare it at home.

Clayton Dooley, a fishmonger with years of experience, will demonstrate fish filleting and shellfish shucking using fish caught locally. 

As well as the classes, there’ll be a ‘Feast from the Fire’ to enjoy with craft feer pairing from West Cork Brewing & Craft Spirits; tastings from West Cork Brewing Company in Baltimore and West Cork Distillers. 

Kate Ryan of said that every course from the ‘Feast from the Fire’ will be paired and matched with one of West Cork Brewing’s hand crafted beers and a selection of spirits from West Cork Distillers, including their multi-award winning whiskey.

Ticket holders will be able to meet the people behind some of West Cork’s most loved artisan brands, sample their produce and talk to them about their own food story, helping to trace the story of food from their farm to thefork.

 Gordon Benn, manager of Drinagh Co-Op/Spar Skibbereen added: ‘Féila Feola is an opportunity for us to showcase the great quality produce we source from our local farmers and also the abilities of our talented people who work with us in store.’

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