If you want to see a flourishing food and leisure enterprise, check out the Kinsale allotment scheme, situated on the outskirts of town, overlooking the Sandy Cove estuary. On land provided by local farmers Derry & Mairead Desmond, it is a pleasure to sit under (OK near..!) newly planted fruit and nut trees and just admire the view, in between the weeding, mulching and tasting ! [more]
Grow Great Food
Not only can you eat & buy great food in Kinsale... you can grow it too! With our Edible Garden Programme and our Allotment Scheme, we really have gone back to nature. Our "50 Mile Meal" award makes sure the focus is on locally sourced produce... and Kinsale was the 1st Transition Town in Ireland and the 2nd Fair Trade Town!
With so much going on in schools, in hotel gardens, and in public spaces, it only seems right to recognise the efforts of local communities for taking the initiative and planting trees, and attractive, sustainable, productive plants in their own areas. So Transition Town Kinsale awards an annual prize (probably seeds & tools for next year!) for the most innovative open space garden project in the town. Last year the winners planted fruit and nut trees on a public green space in their estate. [more]
If you don’t want to wheel your wheelbarrow through streets narrow and narrower out to your allotment, Kinsale provides a wealth of expertise to home gardeners via its own Edible Gardens Network. Kinsale College is blessed with world renowned expertise in organic horticulture and permaculture design, all of which means some lucky locals have apricots and wine making grapes bursting into their kitchens. The group meets fortnightly in a nice cosy bar. They never throw in the trowel! [more]
The 50 Mile Menu has become the highlight of the local chefs’ year. While the ’50 Mile Menu’ award was 1st presented by Transtion Town Kinsale in 2007, food providers in town are all encouraged to make it easy for people to find good food made with ingredients grown within 50 miles of the town. With the exception of a pinch of salt, those are the criteria for the annual award which has been judged by a series of top class food critics, and won by such as Pearse O’Sullivan of Toddies, Martin Shanahan of Fishy Fishy, and Michael Frawley at the White House Hotel, who grows herbs in his own window boxes. [more]