It's the most important meal of the year and why not make it extra special by using food & drinks from the Boyne Valley. We are home to a plethora of passionate growers and producers who create the most delicious food & drink. So this year when you are planning your Christmas dinner make sure to think local and we guarantee you won't be disappointed!
The Main Event
Rock Farm Slane
The Rock Farm Slane Christmas Shop is now open for Christmas orders for our Organic Bronze Turkeys, Hams and other meats, as well as a selection of other Boyne Valley produce for your Christmas feast. All meat is organic and free range. All their produce is on sale at the online farm shop, for collection from 11-4pm 21st to 23rd December at the farm & for collection points on the M50 at Malahide, Finglas & Sandyford on 22nd and 23rd December.
JM Food Service
In 2013, Mairead Finnegan set about creating a range of pastry made using only Irish butter in her home kitchen in Kells, Co. Meath. Mairead wanted to create delicious all butter pastry, that tasted as good as home made pastry, but was convenient and ready to use and she succeeded! Her multi award winning range is perfect for all your sweet and savoury pastry needs this Christmas and is available in supermarkets nationwide
Vegetable are one of the most important parts of Christmas dinner and from farm to fork, the Meade Farm grows, packs and distributes premium fresh and prepared fruit. Available in supermarkets nationwide.
Some beautiful fresh leaves are the perfect match to a Christmas day stater and at McCormack Family Farms, they believe in keeping their leaves and herbs honest; honest to the goodness that nature provides. Which is why all their salad leaves and herbs are grown in natural soil, under natural light. Discover their fresh salad mixes, leaves and herbs on supermarket shelves nationwide.
Newgrange Gold produce award-winning Irish Rapeseed Oil & Wild Flax Oil in the heart of the Boyne Valley. Perfect for roast potatoes, dressings and much more.
“Finnegan’s….Powered By Potatoes!” Brothers Paul & Joe Finnegan are 5th generation farmers, based in the heart of the Boyne Valley region, near Navan in Co. Meath. Traditionally supplying fresh potatoes from field gate to your dinner plate they have introduced a new pre-cooked chilled potato range that includes chips, wedges, baked potato, marinated baby potatoes, mash and sweet potato mash which will make cooking Christmas dinner much easier!
Available in supermarkets nationwide.
“The Fresh Turkey Specialists” brother’s Fintan and Paul Hogan are 2nd generation turkey farmers, based in Kells, Co. Meath. Hogan’s Farm have been rearing turkeys for over 50 years.
Using their extensive knowledge, the brothers have developed their expertise into rearing their own specialist turkey breed – the Charlesfort Turkey. With an ingrained passion for rearing and producing multi- award winning fresh turkey products, the Charlesfort Turkey range expanded with the development of the Award Winning Traditional Free Range Woodland Bronze Turkey. These slow rearing traditional American black turkeys are reared outside in the woodlands on Charlesfort Estate, home of Hogan’s Farm. Free to roam all day and night in the woodlands and grasslands, these exceptional turkeys are reared exclusively for the Irish Christmas market.
Visit their onsite Farmer's Shop, order direct from their website and watch out for their products on supermarket shelves.
Oriel Sea Salt
The company harvests a mineral sea salt with a taste profile that is full of intensity and depth. 100% Irish Natural Sea Salt, that is harvested through a sealed system, to retain the taste and depth of flavour, while also retaining all the other minerals making it a healthier option with less sodium. The perfect way to season your Christmas dinner!
How about some homemade brown bread using Martry Mill flour? Martry Mill is a fully functional watermill on the River Blackwater, with the earliest records dating back to 1641. Using local grain, Martry Mill grinds stoneground wholemeal flour that makes delicious brown bread.
For something fresh how about some beauiful leaves from Coole Farm? They harvest and deliver to customers within 24 hours, to ensure they can enjoy some of the freshest leaves in Leinster! At Coole Farm, they grow their produce in harmony with nature. No artificial pesticides or fertilisers are used. This fact, combined with the naturally fertile limestone soil, creates the perfect growing environment for their very special produce. These ideal growing conditions, along with their expertise, allows the natural flavours of the leaves to burst through. Available in supermarkets throughout the Boyne Valley.
Brogans Butchers are one of the few truly Farm to Fork Butchers remaining in the country, with their own Family Farm in Athboy and E.U Licensed Abattoir. In addition to the high quality Dry-Aged Beef, Lamb, Pork & Chicken, which was already being produced and sold in the shop, the product range was extended to include a vast range of ready to cook products, all produced in-house by their team and the best selection of local and national artisan products. Their Christmas orders are now open.
Morgans Fine Fish
Fresh fish and shellfish is always an excellent starter or even main course and Morgans Fine Fish have you covered. This family owned seafood processor have a strong rural base in Omeath, Co. Louth where they have sourced and prepared the finest fresh fish since 1860.
Visit their Christmas Shop and watch out for their products in Dunnes Stores, Aldi, Supervalu, Nolans of Clontarf and Independent Retailers
Dowling's Orchard Pork & Bacon
Dowing’s Orchard Pork & Bacon is a family run farm in Julianstown Co. Meath, who produce tasteful free-range pork and bacon products. Ann’s saddleback pigs are like part of the family, they enjoy roaming around the apple orchards, which gives her products a delicious special flavour. Available in butchers in the Boyne Valley.
Hugh Maguire Butchers
Known throughout Ireland as a leading member of the craft butcher fraternity, Hugh has won numerous awards for his sausages, dry cured rashers and black & white puddings over the years. Simply put, Hugh has a love and passion for really good food. He has the greatest respect for Ireland's breadbasket of raw, basic ingredients. Their Christmas Shop is now open.
Dessert & Cheese
Christmas dinner has to end with a cheeseboard and Sheridan's Cheesemongers have you covered. Their online store offers a huge selection of cheese, wine & all the accompaniments or pop into their Meath HQ in The Old Forge Restaurant next to Virginia Road Station, Pottlereagh Carnaross Co. Meath to purchase in person.
Their shop and cafe is open 7 days a week and they have their Saturday Farmer's Market takes place each Saturday 10-2pm.
A Bit on the Side
At A Bit on the Side, they have taken jelly to a whole new level with their hand-made, all natural Gourmet Savoury Jellies. Each one is a unique, novel combination of flavours, that can be served as a condiment, glaze or salad dressing base. These jellies are a total taste transformation...titillating, tempting, tantalizing. Whether you fancy a Hot, Tasty or Boozy Bit on the Side, their three lines of Savoury Jellies will satisfy all your wants, needs and desires.
Bohó Nibz is an online artisanal chocolate shop, locally produced in Navan, Co. Meath, in which exquisite treats, such as, Bon bons and Chocolate Bars are offered. Each of these beautiful chocolates are handmade and hand-painted in small batches, using the finest ingredients possible.
Tastees is based in Clogherhead, County Louth & specialises in Jam, Chutneys and Sauces, along with spice & herb mixes, using locally sourced ingredients and supporting local businesses.
Their delicious Pear & Date Chutney is perfect for your Christmas Cheeseboard
What's for Pudding
At What's For Pudding, they make their puddings with great care for you, and add that ‘special something’ that comes from years of experience cooking for family and friends. Based in the Boyne Valley at Kilmessan, County Meath, the Flaherty Family work hard to produce the very best dessert puddings, with high quality ingredients and absolutely no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives. The perfect decadent Christmas dessert!
Beverages of all kinds
The Studio Coffee Roasters
Studio Coffee Roasters are proud to roast coffee from all over the world to create their own single origin coffee's. The quality of their roasted coffee depends on their green bean suppliers, they source beans from 18 producing countries. They have an extensive range of coffees and blends available on their online shop.
Boann Distillery is renowned for its innovative distilling techniques and unparalleled craftsmanship, making it a standout in the Irish drinks industry. This Christmas, it has an array of exceptional and distinctive spirits, poised to delight during the festive season.
- Silks Irish Gin
- 1848 Apple Brandy
- The Whistler 10-year-old French Oak
- The Whistler 16-year-old Palo Cortado “El Misterioso”
Kells Gin originated in Kells Co Meath famously known as the Monastic Capital of Medieval Ireland.
The distinct notes in Kells Gin are influenced by the Victorian era, which saw Kells rise in prominence again for its craftsmanship when the women of Kells produced the famous Kells Lace. The Kells Lace patterns were deliberately chosen to represent the local foliage and so were predominantly floral and foliate. Today, the ingredients of Kells Gin mirror the innovative lace designs and ensure a taste of Kells in every pour.
McEntee's Tea have a great selection of different teas perfect for a special Christmas day brew.
Listoke Distillery & Gin School
Listoke Distillery a family run business that produce an award winning premium gin, whiskey and vodka. The perfect for a special Christmas cocktail.
King of Kefir
King of Kefir is Ireland’s and Europe’s first dedicated water kefir brewery using traditional water kefir grains since 2014. All of their flavors are created from scratch using only organic botanical ingredients by brewing herbal infusions.All of their drinks are 100% natural and free of artificial flavourings, preservatives, and additives.
A perfect and unique non alcoholic pairing for Christmas dinner
Jumping Church Brewery
Jumping Church Brewery is located just outside Ardee, Co. Louth, and was established by brothers Oran and Robert Durnin, on their family farm in the Boyne Valley. The team at Jumping Church Brewery are passionate about producing exciting beer, using as much locally sourced ingredients as possible.
They currently have five beers Pale ale (Gae Bolga), Red ale (Ferdia Red), Stout (The Turf Man),Juicy IPA( Bitter Sweet),and IPA (St Ledger), all named after local myths and legends, and it's where they get our inspiration to keep creation new and exciting beers for everyone’s taste.
Irish cream liquer is a must for many peoples Christmas and Coole Swan is made with heart, right here in the Boyne Valley. Coole Swan was born of a vision to reinvent Irish Cream Liqueur for a modern world. It is an unruly re-creation of a classic Irish product, a perfect blend of whiskey, chocolate and cream.
Dan Kelly's Cider
Dan Kelly’s Irish Cider is made from apples harvested in Boyne Grove Fruit Farm, their own family farm in the Boyne Valley at Drogheda.
The Dan Kelly’s Cider family has a range of four different blends:
- Original Cider
- Whiskey Cask Cider
- Single Variety Cider No 1
- Coll’s Craft
All are available to purchase online.
Dreambeans sells multi-award-winning, hand-roasted coffee, directly to consumers throughout the Boyne Valley & Ireland. Run by husband-and-wife team, Pat McArdle and Caoimhe O’Dwyer they source and buy small batches of the very finest beans available and roast them to perfection in Dundalk, Co Louth. Once you try Dreambeans, you’ll never want to go back to ordinary coffee ever again.
Mark Jenkinson produces premium craft cider on his historic Farm, just outside Slane, in County Meath, using apples from his own orchards. His naturally sparkling Keeved cider is unique in Ireland, being the only Irish Cider to be made using the ancient technique of Keeving.
Delicate fresh apple aromas and rich fruit flavours, a robust and full bodied, complex cider with a soft natural sparkle, bittersweet twist and long dry finish. Serve chilled in a stemmed glass (never over ice in a pint :-) enjoy on it's own or as a food accompaniment. An ideal Irish and local alternative to Prosecco, Champagne or Cava etc. and perfect for Christmas Day!