Slane Food Circle Tours

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Crafting Modern Food from Ancient Methods. The modern pioneering food producers of the Slane Food Circle harness the rich flavours of the Boyne Valley to create nutritious, flavoursome food with a provenance that connects people, land, and heritage.

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Meet the Makers 

Boyne Valley Farmhouse Cheese

Meet goat farmer, Michael Finegan at Mullagha Farm, see the goats, and taste Michael’s award-winning Boyne Valley Blue and Bán Cheeses. Mullagha Farm – home to Michael, his wife Jenny, their family, and 400 goats – dates back to 1510 and is built on the foundations of an original iron age fort. With Michael, walk through the centuries-old farmyard and learn about its history and what modern daily life is like for the Finegans. Then, continue on to the cheese-making facility and visit the maturation room and sheds where you’ll meet the adorable goats responsible for producing the milk that gives Boyne Valley cheese its unique taste. 

The Cider Mill

Meet Mark Jenkinson to learn about Irish heritage apple varieties and the craft and heritage involved in cider-making. On his land, set around a picturesque Georgian farrmhouse, you’ll learn about the propagation and preservation of Irish heritage apple tree varieties and the centuries-old techniques Mark uses to mill and press apples. You’ll discover how The Cider Mill became home to Ireland’s only keeved cider before enjoying a tutored tasting of ciders made using this natural, traditional method in the atmospheric tasting room where Mark’s fascinating collection of Irish vernacular furniture is on display. 

Newgrange Gold

Meet Jack Rogers at Crewbawn House and take in the stunning views across the Boyne Valley as you learn about the people who have been drawn here to farm and compete over this fertile land for thousands of years. The valley’s old traditions as well as its landscape influence Jack’s work, as you’ll see when he demonstrates the ancient techniques he uses to cold press oilseeds (including the ancient Camelina Sativa) on the Rogers’ family farm where Newgrange Gold oils are made. A delicious tasting will introduce you to the flavours, as well as the impressive properties, provenance, and health benefits of Newgrange Gold’s modern and ancient oils. 

Rock Farm Slane

Meet organic farmer Carina Conyngham (Countess of Mount Charles) at the pioneering 100% sustainable Rock Farm Slane. Take a tour of this unique family-run organic farm with Carina as your guide to gain insights into daily life for the self-sufficient and hard-working Conynghams and be inspired by the sustainable vision that informs every aspect of their management of this peaceful, award-winning, 90-acre farm within the historic Slane Castle Estate. You’ll visit market gardens brimming with organic fruit and vegetables, and learn about Rock Farm’s fully sustainable eco-glamping spaces, strawbale buildings and the history of the land around them. You’re likely to meet the happily roaming farm chickens, Dexter cattle and Tamworth pigs, too, as you walk past fields where the barley used to make Slane Whiskey is grown.