ADARE put its best foot forward for its first Gathering of 2013 when the local heritage centre played host to a Taste of Adare, a pancake evening for locals and overseas visitors to enjoy.
The event was billed as a kickstart for a year of gatherings, aimed at attracting even more visitors to the award-winning village and building stronger links with Adare’s diaspora.
And to get everything off to a “flipping good” start, chefs Janet Shire Williamson and Urszula Hejducka joined forces at the Dovecote Restaurant to create a menu of savoury and sweet pancakes to reflect local produce.
Over 80 people, some from Germany and the US with many from closer to home, were shown how to make the perfect pancake with range of savoury and sweet fillings concocted from local produce.
And to accompany the pancakes, guests were treated to locally made smoothies from Wild Orchard, bread from the Heritage Centre’s new daily freshly-baked range and ice-cream from Adare Farm Foods.
“It was the perfect opportunity to showcase local produce to a global audience and celebrate the many international visitors who travel to Adare annually,” Maeve Martin -Kelly, manager of the Adare Heritage Centre said.
The centre, she added, first opened its doors almost 20 years ago.
“Since then we have become the first stopping-point for visitors to the village. Each year we welcome more than 100,000 visitors to Adare, many of whom are here to find out more about their family roots or the West Limerick region in general.
“It was only fitting that we use our annual pancake evening as a way of paying tribute to every person from overseas and Ireland who has visited Adare over the years and to mark the start of what promises to be an exciting year of gatherings in the village,” Ms Martin Kelly added.
“Adare has already earned the title of Ireland’s prettiest village. It is also fast becoming Ireland’s tastiest village with a plethora of local producers creating a wide range of delicious food.
“Tonight was about highlighting that and giving our friends from overseas and our loyal local customers a taste of what the village has to offer,” Ms Martin-Kelly said.
Adare Heritage Centre employs 50 people on a full- and part-time basis and makes a valuable contribution to the local economy.
Over the years, it has significantly grown its local customer base.