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When: 22 March 2017, 18:00 – 20:00
Where: Blas Cafe, 26 King’s Inns Street, Dublin

Slow Food Dublin presents a hands-on evening of fermentation exploration with Herbel Crest and Blas Cafe in the heart of Dublin City. We will be learning how to make delicious fermented beverages and food using water and milk kefirs that can help improve your digestive health. Everyone will get kefir grains and recipes to take home.

Activities of the evening:

  • Introduction to Fermentation
  • Basics of water and milk kefirs
  • Recipes and tastings of fermented foods and drinks

Event starts at 6.00pm. Please arrive early. Blas Cafe will be providing fermented snacks on the evening for guests to enjoy.



Herbel Crest

Chocolate Factory resident Gerry Scullion has been brewing water kefir since 2012 and other ferments for a few years more. Gerry started out with one simple ambition, to produce a healthy alternative to sugary soft drinks. Hand-crafted in small batches, using water kefir and natural herbs and spices, the drinks are packed with beneficial cultures which promote good gut health.

Blas Cafe

Eoin is a co-owner and head chef in Blas cafe and has a background in Health foods. He has been fermenting for a number of years and more recently introduced a few basic ferments to the cafe menu. Blas Cafe opened in Oct 2014 and is the in the building to meet, eat and work. It was floored using decommissioned scaffolding planks and its furniture is mainly up-cycled materials, primarily a necessity at the time rather than by design! Also in the space is “Untitled,” a design shop which represents the best in Irish makers and designers including producers from the building itself.

When: Wed 22 February 2017, 19:30 – 21:30
Where: The Hopsack, Rathmines Road Lower, Swan Shopping Centre, Dublin

Join us for a hands-on evening of discovery with The Proper Chocolate Company and learn how chocolate is actually made – from the cocoa plantation to the chocolate we buy in shiny packaging.

Understand the types of cocoa beans, how to sort them, roast them and extract the precious cocoa nibs.

Delve into the science of making chocolate – see nibs getting liquefied, observe chocolate crystals and understand chocolate tempering. Activities of the evening:

  • Examine, sort and roast cocoa beans from various origins
  • Winnow cocoa beans, and collect cocoa nibs
  • Create cocoa liquor
  • Learn what goes into a bar of chocolate and how to identify quality chocolate
  • And of course, we will taste chocolate at various stages of development!

Event starts at 7.30pm. Please arrive early. The Hopsack has a Deli for anyone who would like to grab some dinner before the event takes place. Space will be reserved for Slow Food Dublin from 6.30pm.


About The Proper Chocolate Company

The Proper Chocolate Company, founded by Patrick and Kelli Marjolet in May 2016, produces bean-to-bar chocolate in micro-batches in Dublin. Their passion for chocolate making began in 2013 while living in San Francisco. Having received a bag of cocoa beans from a local small-batch chocolate maker as a gift, Patrick decided to have his hand at making his own chocolate and an intense passion ensued and endures.

Much like a winemaker seeks out the best grapes, they source the finest beans and carefully roast them to bring out their optimum flavours. When treated just right, cocoa beans release an incredible variety of savours and subtleties that you just don’t find in mass-produced chocolate.

They currently trade year-round on Saturdays at the Honest2Goodness Market in Glasnevin and at The Green Door Market at New Market Square. Their bars are also available at a few select retailers, one which is The Hopsack, with more to come on stream in the coming months.

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About The Hopsack

The Hopsack is one of Ireland’s longest and best established health stores. It was established in 1979 by Jimmy and Erica Murray and has evolved to become one of Dublin’s best sources for organic, fairly traded, ethnic and special dietary foods. The shop is now run by the second generation of Murrays, Finn and Kate, who after the untimely death of their father jumped in to take the shop into the 21st century. His spirit of engaging with the local community and encouraging customers to take responsiblity for their health back from the conventional medical pathway lives on and will be fostered well into the future as we continue to push against the tide of increasing over-regulation of complementary and alternative therapies.

Jimmy and Erica’s commitment to living an informed and healthy lifestyle has manifested itself in a shop that has an ongoing dedication to education and advice, and in their current manifestation, with the incorporation of their own kitchen, deli and organic farm are more deeply committed than ever to engaging with the public and encouraging them to think more deeply about the foods they put in their mouths and on their families’ plates.

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Join Slow Food Dublin on 23rd October for a Foraging Walk at The Whole Hoggs Farm in Slane, County Meath. Led by our host Peter Whelan, we’ll discover what foods nature has to offer on his farmland. We’ll be joined by Theresa Storey, owner of Green Apron artisan preserve company and author of a new cookbook, Fruit on the Table (http://www.obrien.ie/fruit-on-the-table).
After our walk Theresa will present a Harvesting the Hedgerows demonstration to prepare some seasonal recipes for us to taste and Peter will share some of his products as well.

Peter Whelan runs The Whole Hoggs Farm with his wife Susan. Their herd of Irish Grazer pigs (aka Tamworths) are free to roam their 60-acre farm in Meath. The Whelans’ pork products have won a number of awards and are featured on many restaurant menus.


Theresa Storey, an environmental scientist and botanist, began running the family preserve business in the 1990s. In addition to producing award-winning, small-batch preserves, sauces, mustards, and pickles, the Green Apron also runs courses, workshops, and lectures on Sustainable Living and all aspects of kitchen gardening.


Both Whole Hoggs and Green Apron recently won 2016 Blas na hEireann Irish Food Awards. It will be a great privilege to spend a Sunday afternoon with these two dedicated advocates for Irish food.

Tickets are €15 for members/ €20 non members.