Around the Table, Around Ireland
Eat out? Or eat outside?
By Samuel Bishop
I grew up around the table. Well, a shed door on legs to be more precise. The hinges and handle were still attached, providing the children with entertainment during less-interesting discussions. The dark green door was perched on the frame of an old oak table – tablecloths were draped over it when guests came and we used a larger shed door when we were expecting more guests!
Around this table, family life revolved. It’s where stories were recounted, school-work completed, arguments settled, and of course, meals shared. It was at the core of our lives and probably one of the primary reasons I work on events and initiatives that have a table at their centre now.
I’m a firm believer that community happens best when people sit around a table and share food. To taste that this summer, here are a delicious collection of projects and activities with food at their heart.
Katie Sanderson (Living Dinners and Fumbally Café) and Jasper O’Connor (Fumbally Café) are encouraging us to venture out west this summer. They’ve spent the past few months converting an old boat shed into a temporary restaurant in a far corner of Connemara. A garden has been created as part of the project and those who embark on this food pilgrimage will be rewarded with an array of foraged or locally-grown, seasonal dishes. Open just for the summer months.
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