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The Boyne Valley is home to a bountiful supply of passionate farmers, food and drinks producers, chefs and eateries whose passion is to bring the flavours of our landscape to your table. To understand, you must experience!

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Boyne Valley Flavours Experience- Listoke Distillery and Gin School

Listoke Gin School   School may be out for now but when it's back we know the first school we are heading for- Listoke Gin School!  Based just outside Drogheda in the Boyne Valley region of Ireland you will find Listoke Distillery and Gin School, Ireland’s first official gin school! Here you can learn all about gin making  as well as making your very own bottle of gin! The Listoke Gin School Experience begins with students being welcomed with a delicious Listoke Gin and Tonic followed by a guided tour of the working distillery which involves learning all about the production of their various gins.  With an understanding of the gin making process then it's time for students to try their hand at making their own gin! Guided through the process by gin making experts, students create their own recipe depending on personal preference choosing from citrus, floral and spicy additions to craft their own unique gin. Once the gins have been created the pot-stills are set and it's time for more Listoke Gin & Tonics while students wait for their gin to start distilling. Participants also get to enjoy a yummy feast of local Boyne Valley charcuterie and cheese with their drinks.  Once the Gin has been collected in glass beakers, it is blended down to the preferred alcohol percentage, bottled, sealed, and an owl is placed on the back all ready for the maker to take it home!  The Listoke Gin School Experience is open all year round and is suitable for groups and corporate bookings. Obviously at this point in time it is closed due to Covid 19 restrictions however vouchers are available (https://listokedistillery.ie/vouchers/buy/) and we could think of nothing better than a day out at gin school to look forward to when normality returns! For now Listoke Distillery and Gin School is busy making gin and also hand sanitiser which it is donating to many front line organisations and offering it for sale on its website at cost price.  Listoke Gin can be purchased for home delivery via its online shop and there are several delicious options including    Listoke 1777 Listoke 1777 Original Gin has received several awards, including; Best Irish Gin and Best Gin in Europe. It has subtle Orange and Spice flavours that lead to a robust, refreshing gin that can be served neat with ice or with a peel of orange and a good quality tonic water!   Listoke Cacao & Raspberry Gin Listoke Cacao & Raspberry Gin was our response to the pink gin craze but without the artificial flavours and colours. This gin is light and sweet and perfect for summer! Serve with some fresh berries and a tonic or 7up for the perfect Gin Delight!   Listoke Sloe Gin Listoke Sloe Gin is not for the faint hearted! Our Gin is soaked in Sloe Berries for 1 year before being diluted with Irish Honey which gives it its beautiful natural colour. We recommend drinking this one neat with iced as a sipping gin – also goes down well with whiskey drinkers!   Don’t Miss! Boyne Valley brand ambassadors the Gastro Gays experienced Listoke Gin School recently and documented their fantastic experience here on their blog- https:/

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24th April 2020 @ 11:57 AM

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Boyne Valley Flavours Welcomes the GastroGays as Brand Ambassadors!

We are delighted to announce that Food and travel writers Patrick Hanlon and Russell Alford, better known as ‘GastroGays’ have joined us as Brand Ambassadors for the coming months.  Based in Drogheda, the pair have a local knowledge, pride and pure grá for the food and drink produce - and restaurants, hotels and bars - of the region and together with Boyne Valley Flavours will help spotlight and support BVF members on and offline throughout the rest of 2019 and beyond. Beginning this week, Patrick and Russell and the BVF team are embarking on the first of a number of key site visits to produce content and to meet with key players, whilst consulting on how to amplify the Boyne Valley Flavours ethos and events.  Began in 2013 as a hobby food-based blog, GastroGays has developed in the last six years into a nationally, if not internationally known brand name in the digital sphere. The pair have been regular contributors to the likes of RTÉ, Irish Times, The Journal, TodayFM, The Six O’Clock Show and have just joined Newstalk as regular food tourism contributors on Moncrieff. Winner of all-Ireland Blog of the Year in 2017, the media-savvy pair have spent the last 18 months  amping up their digital presence and product whilst producing a hugely popular new food podcast Chew The Fat. Counting Nigella Lawson and Donal Skehan among their guests, three female Boyne Valley food/drink producers (Marita Collier of Drummond House, Blánaid O’Hare of Listoke Distillery, Maria Flynn of Ballymakenny Farm) were featured on the very first episode of the production. Their first live podcast episode took place just a few weeks ago in the Iveagh Gardens in Dublin with three more local producer/retailers –– Michael Finegan of Boyne Valley Farmhouse Cheese, Seamus Daly of Quintessential Wines and Eoin Bird of The Wooded Pig.  Having travelled extensively across Europe and making their way beyond, the pair know a thing or two about what makes a region stand out, what makes a destination a “destination” and how food and drink is leading the way with the current wave of food tourism. Their experience will be invaluable to the Boyne Valley Flavours brand as they continue to develop their food strategy which began in 2016 and is designed as a 5 year plan. The GastroGays will specifically focus on showcasing the Place On A Plate initiative which was created to encourage businesses to adopt an ethos of offering fresh, locally sourced, seasonal food on their menu and just as importantly, make sure they are telling their customers about it.  Their official involvement began with a visit to BVF member The Glyde Inn situated in the scenic village of Annagassan in County Louth. The restaurant offers the freshest of local and seasonal produce especially seafood. During their visit Patrick and Russell experienced locally caught razor clams and clams, Clogherhead langoustines and hake along with local oysters. To recognize their involvement in BVF’s Place On A Plate initiative BVF presented Conor O’Neill proprietor of The Glyde Inn with a framed copy of our illustrated producers map which highlights all the BVF members across the Boyne Valley Region.  This announcement happily coincides with Fáilte Ireland’s newly launched Taste the Island campaign which will see many events taking place across the Boyne Valley including SAMHAIN- a celebration 5000 years of Food & Culture, past, present and future, with an array of culinary contributors, taking place this November 2nd & 3rd in Kells, Co. Meath. The Gastro Gays will feature throughout the 2 day celebration. Patrick Hanlon, GastroGays- “What we do in our writing, interviewing and broadcasting in general is shining a light on what’s special. Finding what makes a destination different and unique, what makes it incredibly individual –– that’s worth shouting about,” Patrick says, adding “we are absolutely thrilled to be working with the Boyne Valley Flavours team. Having personally grown up in Drogheda, it’s with great pride and interest myself and Russell take on this role, sharing about the richness of produce the Boyne Valley has and demonstrating what a wonderful food destination it is.” Patrick says.  “Food tourism is fuelling the wider tourism sector right now and the Boyne Valley is perfectly placed for visitors to eat their way around this region, from #PlaceOnAPlate to farm tours and markets to entertainment that goes hand in hand with food and drink like the upcoming Púca Festival, the Boyne Valley Flavours’ time to shine has only just begun and the future is blazingly bright,” Russell adds. Bronagh Conlon, Chairman of BVF-  “We are delighted to welcome the GastroGays as our ambassadors. They have always been champions of Boyne Valley produce and are absolutely passionate about locally produced food and drink making them an ideal fit with our values.” Boyne Valley Flavours welcomes the GastroGays as Brand Ambassadors!  We are delighted to announce that Food and travel writers Patrick Hanlon and Russell Alford, better known as ‘GastroGays’ have joined us as Brand Ambassadors for the coming months.  Based in Drogheda, the pair have a local knowledge, pride and pure grá for the food and drink produce - and restaurants, hotels and bars - of the region and together with Boyne Valley Flavours will help spotlight and support BVF members on and offline throughout the rest of 2019 and beyond. Beginning this week, Patrick and Russell and the BVF team are embarking on the first of a number of key site visits to produce content and to meet with key players, whilst consulting on how to amplify the Boyne Valley Flavours ethos and events.   Began in 2013 as a hobby food-based blog, GastroGays has developed in the last six years into a nationally, if not internationally known brand name in the digital sphere. The pair have been regular contributors to the likes of RTÉ, Irish Times, The Journal, TodayFM, The Six O’Clock Show and have just joined Newstalk as regular food tourism contributors on Moncrieff. Winner of all-Ireland Blog of the Year in 2017, the media-savvy pair have spent the last 18 months  amping up their digital presence and product whilst producing a hugely popular new food podcast Chew The Fat. Counting Nigella Lawson and Donal Skehan among their guests, three female Boyne Valley food/drink producers (Marita Collier of Drummond House, Blánaid O’Hare of Listoke Distillery, Maria Flynn of Ballymakenny Farm) were featured on the very first episode of the production. Their first live podcast episode took place just a few weeks ago in the Iveagh Gardens in Dublin with three more local producer/retailers –– Michael Finegan of Boyne Valley Farmhouse Cheese, Seamus Daly of Quintessential Wines and Eoin Bird of The Wooded Pig.  Having travelled extensively across Europe and making their way beyond, the pair know a thing or two about what makes a region stand out, what makes a destination a “destination” and how food and drink is leading the way with the current wave of food tourism. Their experience will be invaluable to the Boyne Valley Flavours brand as they continue to develop their food strategy which began in 2016 and is designed as a 5 year plan. The GastroGays will specifically focus on showcasing the Place On A Plate initiative which was created to encourage businesses to adopt an ethos of offering fresh, locally sourced, seasonal food on their menu and just as importantly, make sure they are telling their customers about it.  Their official involvement began with a visit to BVF member The Glyde Inn situated in the scenic village of Annagassan in County Louth. The restaurant offers the freshest of local and seasonal produce especially seafood. During their visit Patrick and Russell experienced locally caught razor clams and clams, Clogherhead langoustines and hake along with local oysters. To recognize their involvement in BVF’s Place On A Plate initiative BVF presented Conor O’Neill proprietor of The Glyde Inn with a framed copy of our illustrated producers map which highlights all the BVF members across the Boyne Valley Region.  This announcement happily coincides with Fáilte Ireland’s newly launched Taste the Island campaign which will see many events taking place across the Boyne Valley including SAMHAIN- a celebration 5000 years of Food & Culture, past, present and future, with an array of culinary contributors, taking place this November 2nd & 3rd in Kells, Co. Meath. The Gastro Gays will feature throughout the 2 day celebration. Patrick Hanlon, GastroGays- “What we do in our writing, interviewing and broadcasting in general is shining a light on what’s special. Finding what makes a destination different and unique, what makes it incredibly individual –– that’s worth shouting about,” Patrick says, adding “we are absolutely thrilled to be working with the Boyne Valley Flavours team. Having personally grown up in Drogheda, it’s with great pride and interest myself and Russell take on this role, sharing about the richness of produce the Boyne Valley has and demonstrating what a wonderful food destination it is.” Patrick says.  “Food tourism is fuelling the wider tourism sector right now and the Boyne Valley is perfectly placed for visitors to eat their way around this region, from #PlaceOnAPlate to farm tours and markets to entertainment that goes hand in hand with food and drink like the upcoming Púca Festival, the Boyne Valley Flavours’ time to shine has only just begun and the future is blazingly bright,” Russell adds. Bronagh Conlon, Chairman of BVF-  “We are delighted to welcome the GastroGays as our ambassadors. They have always been champions of Boyne Valley produce and are absolutely passionate about locally produced food and drink making them an ideal fit with our values.”    

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11th September 2019 @ 11:41 AM

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