Irish festival welcomes Scottish butchers for demonstration

Scottish and Irish butchers united to take part in a butchery demonstration at the recent Pigtown festival in Limerick.  

Jamie Syme – winner of the Meat Skills Scotland 2017 competition – of Alex Mitchell Butchers in Glenrothes, and Daniel Earl from Kilnford Farm Shop in Dumfries were invited to showcase their abilities at the event by Garrett Landers, team manager for the All Ireland World Butchers’ team 2018. The butchers worked with Landers’ staff to produce a special display at an open evening in Castletroy.

"Our two team members were excellent representatives and they should be proud of their work," commented Douglas Scott, chief executive of the Scottish Federation of Meat Traders Association.

"The event took place in front of a very interested public audience and the products created by Jamie and Daniel produced much interest."

The festival also gave the Scottish and Irish butchers the opportunity to share their knowledge and abilities. "Meat skills are an important point of difference used in both the Republic of Ireland and Scotland to underline the advantages of sourcing meat and meat products from craft butchers’ shops," continued Scott. "We will now look forward to the Irish coming over to Scotland."

The Pigtown festival is designed to celebrate Limerick’s pork butchers, bacon processors and the food heritage that has been established in the region. Other events that took place during the festival included The Pigtown Smoke BBQ, A Pig’s Tale – exhibition, and a Neighbourhood Pig-Nic celebrating local foods.

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