One family’s labour of love
Quietly located in some of the most lush and fresh pasture in Co. Meath, you will find one of Ireland’s most successful artisan food producers, Kilbeg Dairies. Here, in an idyllic countryside setting, owners Kieran and Jane Cassidy have developed, with a true passion, award-winning dairy products, from fat free Quark Cheese to creamy, rich Mascarpone.
“The range is very much part of our family,” says Jane. “There are constant tastings at home. My mother laughs when she sees how seriously our children approach each new flavour or product.”
Jane had always been passionate about healthy, natural food, and returned from a Teagasc course knowing what she was destined to do. “The first time I made Quark, I fell in love with the process (smells, flavours, textures, time) and the concept of turning a natural ingredient into delicious dairy products.”
Beginning in the kitchen and selling at local markets, Kilbeg Dairies now produce an award-winning range which is naturally delicious and healthy, with an authentic flavour and texture. “It gladdens my heart, watching Ireland’s finest chefs open our products; first the smile from the aroma, then the absolute pleasure when they taste it. That alone makes it all worthwhile.”