Today is a great day for us here at Goatsbridge Trout Farm as we’ve announced the arrival of Ireland’s first caviar… made from trout.
A long time in the making, it’s already won plaudits from the Russians, producers of the world’s best. Twitter has been alight this morning with talk of our Irish Trout Caviar, as well as the radio and papers. While it’s a busy day for us here, take a read below of our news currently doing the rounds. We’ll be back soon to let you know how it’s all going!
If you ever wanted to know more about Goatsbridge Rainbow Trout Farm and how it all began here in Kilkenny, then settle in for few minutes and watch the video. It takes us right back to the founding of the farm, all the way to our present day business.
On this blog I’m going to share all the news we have as we develop our fantastic Irish trout products. It’s also a place for you to catch up on food related events that we are taking part in, hear about other artisan food producers and join us on the journey as we strive to make the world more aware of our heavenly tasting Irish trout products!
This is a diary kept my my good friend on his first visit to goatsbridge this October. Lets hope we do not lose the magic we have here in Ireland. I think we will always have a lot to offer.
Charles has kindly allowed me to publish his first day here.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2010
Day 1: International Local Food Tour
Last week we had a visit from the Nationwide team much to the excitement of my four kids. The day started with the team filming our chaotic morning ritual although the kids were unbelievably cooperative for a change.
It is all about being in the right place at the right time. We realised a long time ago our fish handling facilities at Goatsbridge Trout Farm did not meet our new found demand for trout. We had spent a long time looking at the various possibilities to solve this issue and I am glad to say that project was completed on the 11th November 2010.
I was down in Clonakility on a lovely sunny day in early August when the big announcement was made that BIM were funding projects after a long battle with the EU. Unfortunately for 95% of the industry Salmon farmers and business in SAC regions were not eligible for this support.
Our application went in on 20th August and we started the project the following Monday. I have faced many challenges in my life to date: toilet training, first tooth, early school days, adolescence, first kiss, college exams, marriage, mother-in-laws, childbirth, parenting, and now old age! No challenge could compare to the mammoth task ahead.
We had 80 days to complete this building from the day the application went in but would not hear until well into the project if we were to get funding or not. It was a big risk but I knew the Gods were with us and we decided to take the risk.
Big thanks to all those who put their shoulder to the wheel. I have to give a special mention to the Foley Construction Brothers. They are a family of 5 men and I must say it was like 7 brides for 7 brothers as times. Actually some of them are looking for a bride and I would recommend them highly because nothing is a problem and they could turn their hand at anything.
I spent an absolutely fantastic evening g at the Food Extravaganza in Clonmel last week. As you can see from the above panel I was in very good company indeed. The idea was very novel and I think it was a great way to communicate to the outside world the great work being done in Tipperary to promote the local artisan food movement. From my point of view I think it was a good opportunity to meet some of the food producers I have learned to admire over the last few years and I also think it is very important to share ideas and hopefully work closely with them in the future.
Hats off to all involved but make no mistake we in Kilkenny will be back next year for the all Ireland hurling final. They have started on their diet of trout already!!
It was another first for Goatsbridge when we participated in Bloom in the Phoenix Park on 27th of May this year. Although sales of my products were important in order to cover the cost of the stand it was’t my primary objective for being there. I could not bring my fresh fish along so I made up lots of smoked trout quiche and pates, products that we hope to bring to market sometime in the New Year.
Good Food Ireland is a beacon for all lovers of good food. It is a network of places that make, sell or serve good food. Goatsbridge Trout Farm joined Good food Ireland a number of months ago and attended its first Good food Ireland event on 18th May in Dublin. It was a showcase workshop for the Irish travel trade .I did not have the privilege of meeting the founder Margaret Jeffares till that night and she certainly left a lasting impression.