The National Dairy Council has something to please all food tastes at this year’s National Ploughing Championships 17-19th September in Co Carlow with an exciting programme of events, cooking demos, Cheese tastings, Food history and yummy recipes.

Milk It!

Ever heard of a milk sommelier?! We searched all corners of the planet and found the world’s first Milk Sommelier – Bas de Groot from Holland. De Groot’s conception of milk mirrors what most of us have of wine, believing that terroir matters. A region’s climate, soil, and surrounding flora will affect the end result we taste. “Milk and wine are both made from living products,” explains de Groot in the video. “One is made by soil in the plants. The other is also made by the soil . . . with the cow in between”! Food Writer John McKenna will be chatting to Bas and conducting a special “Milk Tasting”.

Cheese Glorious Cheese!

From gorgeous Gouda to magnificent Milleens – Cheese addicts will be well catered for at our stand this year. Much-loved Irish chef Donal Skehan, will be in attendance to chat to us about his life in LA and to show visitors how to make some of his delicious European cheese recipes. There will also be cheese tastings throughout the three days and a discussion on the history of cheese with Kevin Sheridan and Food Historian Regina Sexton.

Chefs Brigade

We will be joined on Day 2 by the fabulous Clodagh McKenna who will also be cooking up some delicious recipes from her new book Clodagh’s Suppers at our demo area and talking about her role as Food Ambassador for the NDC and Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards. Lilly Higgins will also be cooking up a storm with some delicious dishes in our demo kitchen on Day 3.