Food heritage project participation needed

by Rachel Cunningham
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Blas, Fingal’s Food Heritage project, was officially launched by Mayor of Fingal Cllr Adrian Henchy at the Tasting the Past Heritage Week event on Sunday, August 20,, writes Rachel Cunningham.

The recent discovery of a Cobbe Family recipe book dating back to the Georgian era, which was on display at the event, helped to inspire exploration into the culinary past of Newbridge House and the Fingal region.

Blas will investigate, record and share traditions, attitudes, beliefs and practices that surround how we produce and consume food and introduce different food traditions to new audiences.

The project is currently gathering food memories, photos and recipes from the community to share on a digital map celebrating food heritage as part of the social history. 

“It could be the cake your nana baked or that you still remember the smell of, or the taste of the liver and onions your mother made you eat, so you’d be full of iron,” said Christine Baker Fingal Heritage Officer.

“Whether it was picking fruit in summer or baking potatoes in winter, we all have food memories good – and bad – that tell us about our culture and traditions in Fingal and beyond.

“We’re trying to capture those memories and celebrate our food heritage as part of our social history.”

To contribute, fill out the Fingal Food Memories Form and return to [email protected].

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