Say Cheese! Limerick company to showcase at the Bite Festival

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

Say Cheese! Limerick company to showcase at the Bite Festival

James and Jim O’Doherty of Old Irish Creamery Cheese in Effin

AN acclaimed Limerick cheese company, which has won over 100 awards, will be showcased at the second annual Bite Food Festival which takes place in the RDS from November 18 to November 20.

Over 20,000 food and drink lovers are expected to attend the major food festival, which will showcase the best of Ireland’s artisan producers in the run-up to the Christmas season.

Bite 2016 will feature top chefs and food experts as well as a huge range of producers, who are there to sell, sample and educate people about their unique products.

The Old Irish Creamery Cheese, Effin, Kilmallock, was started by master cheesemaker and grader Jim O’Doherty, alongside his wife Lulu and son James.

Jim always had a love of cheese and after 30 years as a cheese-maker with Golden Vale Foods Ltd, he started JOD Food Products in 1992.

“We manufacture a range of cheddar with and without additives in the shadow of Ballyhoura Mountain, in the heart of the Golden Vale region,” said James.

“Since we started production, we are very proud to say that we have won over 100 national and international awards from the World Cheese Awards, Nantwinch Cheese Awards (England) and Blas na hEireann.

“All products are made from natural ingredients and cheese varieties include oak smoked, garlic and herbs, chili, Irish Porter, seaweed and chocolate.”

Bite 2016 takes place at the RDS Main Hall from November 18 to November 20.

For a full timetable of free events on the main stage, drinks masterclass and hands on kitchen, please see www.bitefoodfestival.ie.