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26 Nov, 2021

Ifac Christmas Gift Guide

One thing the COVID-19 pandemic has all made us all appreciate is the importance of buying Irish and supporting local wherever possible writes Doireann Breathnach of the ifac Food and Agribusiness team.

Our food producers are among the best in the world, and we are lucky to have access to a wide range of premium quality homegrown products in Ireland. With this in mind, we’ve rounded up some of the best offerings from Ireland’s artisan producers to help you buy Irish this Christmas. From protein bars to craft beer, there’s an Irish gift sure to please everyone in the family. We’ve also include some gifts for the farmer in your life.

All Real Nutrition

With gift vouchers available from €10 - €200 and a variety of flavours including festive Gingerbread, All Real protein bars are the perfect stocking filler for the protein-obsessed gym buff in your life.

All Real Natural Protein Bars | Sustainable | Plastic Free Protein – All Real Nutrition (eatallreal.com)

Hungry Crow Handmade Chocolates

Handmade by Niamh in Co. Cork, Hungry Crow Chocolates are every bit as delicious as they look. From chocolate covered dates to mouth-watering truffles, Hungry Crow offer a gourmet alternative to your traditional box of chocolates this Christmas. Available online at Hungry Crow

Kylemore Farmhouse Cheese

Christmas and cheeseboards go hand in hand and Kylemore Farmhouse Cheese have all you need for an impressive spread. Hampers packed full of cheese and other locally sourced Irish goodies are available online and can be delivered nationwide.

Kylemore Farmhouse Cheese

Velvet Cloud

Based in Co. Mayo, Velvet Cloud sheep farm produce a range of exquisite products from their quality Irish sheep’s milk including everything from yogurt and cheese to soap and sheep milk fudge. Their hampers are a unique Irish gift, sure to please any foodie in your life. Gift vouchers and subscriptions are also available to purchase online.

Products – Velvet Cloud Sheep's Milk

O’Brother Brewing Irish Craft Beer

Brothers Barry, Brian and Paddy O’Neill have been producing Irish craft beer at their microbrewery in Co. Wicklow since 2014. With merchandise available from their online store to go along with their colourfully labelled cans, they make a great gift for any craft beer enthusiasts. See full list of stockists on their website. Home - O Brother Brewing | Irish Craft Beer

Ballykeefe Distillery

Ballykeefe Distillery produce an award-winning range of spirits including whiskey, gin, vodka and even poitín. They also run a Distillery Tour Experience at their eco-friendly on- farm distillery in Kilkenny, so whether it’s an experience gift, a Christmas tipple or a drink to set your Christmas pudding alight, Ballykeefe have all you need.

Ballykeefe Distillery – Super Premium Irish Whiskey, Extra Dry Irish Gin, Artisan Irish Potato Vodka and Traditional Poitin

Boundary Blade

The Boundary Blade electric fence tester is a multifunction pocketknife which doubles as a bolt turner and a gadget to safely check electric fence voltage. Perfect for those who love a practical gift! Electric Fence Testers - The award winning BOUNDARY BLADE®

Marteye

Marteye, the online mart platform have a broad range of merchandise available from their online store. 100% of profits from their exclusive “All Heart All Mart” range have been pledged to charities Embrace Farm, Cancer Fund NI and Air Ambulance NI. The MartEye Store

J Grennan and Sons

J Grennan and Sons, the agri – trading business based in Offaly and Westmeath, have a range of toys available for any budding young farmers or hauliers! They have an impressive black Friday deal available on their website featuring their J Grennan novelty ride-on remote control truck, J Grennan novelty pullback model truck and a J Grennan branded backpack. See full details online.

BGT BLACK FRIDAY BUNDLE – J Grennan and Sons Online Store (grennansonline.ie)

And for Christmas entertaining

Whether you’re feeding an army of loved ones this Christmas or simply want to make sure your Christmas dinner champions as much local produce as possible, here are the Irish products you need for festive feasting!

Taylor’s of Lusk

The Taylor family grow Irish onions, garlic, and chilli at their family farm in Lusk, North County Dublin. Available to purchase in Dunnes nationwide, their produce is Bord Bia Quality assured and provides the perfect base to any Christmas cooking. Taylor's of Lusk – Producers of Irish Grown Chilli, Garlic & Swede (taylorsoflusk.ie)

Finnegan’s Farm

Based in Co. Meath, Finnegan’s are self-proclaimed potato specialists and judging by their delicious products, we have to agree! Look for their range of perfectly cultivated potatoes in supermarkets nationwide. From bags of roosters to trays of pre-prepared roasties, they have all the Irish potatoes you could need this Christmas.

Finnegan's Farm - Potato specialists - Fresh potatoes and ready made potatoes (finnegansfarm.ie)

Killowen Farm

Killowen have been producing Irish yogurt from the milk produced on their farm in county Wexford for many years. Check out their website for some delicious dessert recipes featuring their creamy yoghurt to mix up your Christmas desserts this year. Available in supermarkets nationwide. Our Products | Killowen Farm | Killowen Farm

Goatsbridge Trout

From smoked trout paté to trout fishcakes to cold smoked rainbow trout, Goatsbridge Farm have got all you need for some delicious fish dishes this Christmas. They also have hampers of their produce available online which would make a beautiful gift to give alongside a copy of their Fishwives charity cookbook for some culinary inspiration.

Hampers | Product categories | Goatsbridge Trout Farm

The Proper Dairy Company

Based in Tipperary, The Proper Dairy Company use locally sourced milk to produce 100% Irish halloumi cheese. Available from Dunnes nationwide and other local stockists around the country, see full list of stockists here. Stockist (theproperdairy.com)