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Workshops 2016

Food and Craft Workshops


Bookings for food workshops can be made by emailing msg.lispole@gmail.com. Alternatively during the festival, you can call in to the festival office.

Bookings for craft workshops can be made by calling 085-1220182

Details below

  • Sat 10.30am: Food as Medicine- Making herbal remedies with Juli Malone: Dingle Druid.
    Courthouse Building, The Mall Admission €10

    It is only a generation or two ago that we understood our wild plants, herbs and fruits as medicine. Now is your chance to learn about this forgotten skill and add remedies such as elderberry winter cough syrup, homemade black- berry cider vinegar and hawthorn brandy, Sloe Dingle gin, lotions and potions to your repertoire. Introducing fermentations, creams, balms, ointments by using honey and beeswax and natural ingredients from the Druid’s garden. In this workshop Juli will help you to reconnect with nature and learn how to use foraged fruits, berries & more as medicine. With lots of samples to eat, drink, and enjoy.

    Juli Malone has over 27 years experience working with nature as a horticulturalist, florist and herbalist & plant spirit medicine.


  • Sat 12pm: Learn to make great coffee in your own home with Marc Kingston from The Golden Bean

    Orchard Lane, Main St Admission €5

    For the past six years Marc has delivered incredible coffee workshops at Dingle Food Festival. This year he plans to give you expert advice to on how to make great coffee in your own home using different brewing methods such as cafetière, Aeropress, Mocha Pot and V60 (filter coffee)

    Marc owns and operates The Golden Bean which is an artisan coffee roastery based in Shanagarry, Cork.

    Originally opened by Marc Kingston on the grounds of Ballymaloe House, the Golden Bean's goal has always been to source, roast and supply the most ethically produced beans from around the world. This year

     To find out more about Marc’s coffee visit his website www.goldenbean.ie

     Facebook: goldenbeancork

  • Sat 1.00 pm Bee-Keeping with Beachairí Chorca Dhuibhne

    Orchard Lane, Main St Admission €5

    Each year the beekeeping workshop has always proved to be extremely popular and has encouraged many to gain an interest in beekeeping. This workshop is a must for all bee enthusiasts, whether you want to become a beekeeper or whether you are already an experienced beekeeper. A demonstration hive will be on location where you can witness how a hive works. There will also be some honey from different beekeepers from the Kerry region to demonstrate the varieties, and to highlight what a beekeeper should be looking for.

  • Sat 2pm Finding and Cooking Foraged Delights With Darach Ó Murchú

    Courthouse Building, The Mall Admission €5

    If you are interested in foraging and don’t know where to start, well this is the workshop for you. Darach who is an experienced forager will share his passion and knowledge of ingredients that are available from both our shores and from the land. He will provide you with some information on what to look for and then will use seaweeds and wild plants to create some dishes to show you how to introduce them to your cooking.  Throughout the year Darach offers foraging courses, for more details on these courses contact Darach at darach@inmyelement.ie or 087-2153758.  

  • Sat 4pm Learn to Ferment With Val O'Connor

    Orchard Lane, Main St Admission €10

    Fermenting is the new black in the food world, but this method has been with us for centuries. Fermenting your own food at home is easy, and transforms simple vegetables into nutritional powerhouse foods, bursting with probiotics and loaded with extra vitamins. Ferments are cheap to do and store for months, are great for your digestive health, boost your immune system and energy levels and keep you regular!  In this one hour workshop, fermentalist Val O'Connor will show us how to make some easy recipes from her book Val's Kitchen. Staples like sauerkraut that require no starter culture, spicy kimchi, easy crudites and kombucha too. For plenty of zingy tasting superfoods and possible exploding things, be sure to come to this fun class. 

    Val O'Connor is a weekly contributor to the Irish Examiner Newspaper and writer for the Irish Independent Health and Living, Food and Wine and Sunday Times. She blogs at www.valskitchen.com and takes her fermenting show on the road nationwide. 

    Twitter: @valoconnor Facebook:

  • Sun 1pm: Managing your Herb Garden for your Kitchen with Greta

    Orchard Lane, Main St Admission €10

    Greta McCarthy O’Brien qualified in Amenity Horticulture at the National Botanic Gardens in 1983 and has specialised on the topic of herbs for almost twenty years. Greta’s Herb Nursery is based in Annascaul where she produces and distributes a wide selection of potted herbs. She is highly regarded locally for her extensive knowledge and for her quality plants. This workshop will give you the knowledge and skills required to grow and manage herbs for your kitchen whether you are a novice or a devotee. Greta has just completed work on a book 'Growing Herbs in Ireland' which should be out next year.

    Further information can be found on www.gretasherbs.com

  • Sun 3pm Nettle Lovin with Fiona Falconer from Wild about™

    Orchard Lane, Main St Admission €5
    Learn how to get thee most from nettles including Nettle Beer!!

    Nettles are part of every Irish childhood, part of our history and our heritage but did you know they are also one of our greatest native super foods?

    Nettles host so many incredible health benefits and properties, not least their ‘hangover free’ brewing potential.

    Fiona Falconer, Irelands FIRST commercial Nettle farmer, will walk you through the uses, juices and brews of our own native Nettle.

    Wild about™ is an innovative, Irish producer making a range of award winning pure artisan foods from the wealth of Irish, seasonal & wild ingredients, sourced locally or grown on our permaculture farm in Co. Wexford.


    Twitter: @WildaboutFoods Facebook: WILD About


Craft WorkshopsOriginal Kerry

Location: Original Kerry Craft Centre, Goat Street, Dingle

Information and Bookings 085-1220182

  • Learn techniques in natural dye with Una Ní Shé, Saturday, 11am

    Workshop cost : €12

    Oileadh Úna Ní Shé i gcéaduair in ealaín a bhaineann le fíocháin fite agus tógtha. Cleachtann sí priontáil agus líníocht cailce. Le déanaí, oibríonn sí le éadach féilte, á dhathú ar shlite nach ndéanainn díobháil don dtimpeallacht is a oireann dá claonadh nádúrtha chun foráiste.

    Úna Ní Shé is a fibre artist and a member of the Original Kerry craftmakers. Her practice also extends to print and large chalk drawings. She has recently been working with colouring fabrics and fibres in ways that do not harm the environment and that fortuitously suit her foraging instincts

    Using seasonal plants and berries to colour paper, spend a playful hour decorating papers using a palette of colours derived from plants as well as iced flowers. We will bind these colours together to make a notebook...ideal for writing down your top tips from the festival.

  • Food lovers: Make your own chopping board with Donachadha O’Connor, Saturday, 2pm

    Workshop cost : €20

    This workshop is all about boards: chopping boards, cheese or bread boards.

    Donnchadha O’Connor is a member of the Original Kerry group and craft maker in wood, who produces hand cut and finished chopping boards.

    Donnchadha will take you through the kinds of wood best suited to use in your kitchen, why some types of wood are better than others in different circumstances, how to treat your well-loved boards to keep them in perfect condition, and how to give your well used boards a makeover to bring them back to their former glory.

    The high point of the workshop, though, is the opportunity for each participant to make their own, personalized hardwood chopping board. You will learn how to select your piece, how to shape, trim and finish your board, and prepare it to withstand the rigours of life in your kitchen.

    This promises to be a fascinating experience for people who really value the tools they work with when they cook and prepare good food.

  • Learn Amigurumi Crochet with Orla Breslin, Sunday 11am

    Workshop cost: €15

    Amigurummi is the Japanese art of crocheting small cute stuffed animals and vegetables. You only need to have very basic crochet skills. Once you master this technique you will be able to create a whole range of beautiful amigurumi toys.

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