In The Media

St Tola and Smoked Mackeral Tart

23 November, 2020

Delicious recipe from The irish Chef!  See video to the right for full details and instuctions 

Caramelised red onion St Tola Goats Cheese Tart

23 November, 2020

A Classic recipe! see video down the side for full instructions

Homemade ham & cheese jambons

23 November, 2020

A yummy Irish twist on an French Classic

Video to the right for full ingredients and instructions! 

St Tola and Western Herd Brewery

18 November, 2020

This year the Burren Food Fayre became a virtual event due to COVID restrictions. The Burren Food Trail which is part of the Award winning Burren Eco Tourism Network made a series of films about producers and chefs in our wonderful region.  So grab a Western Herd beer and a chunk of St Tola Cheese and settle back and watch Siobhan, Maeve & our lovely ladies walk you through beer and cheese tastings! 

If you are in the mood for a little bit more of St Tola in the media have a look at 

Marie Claire Digbys article on 12 of the Best Irish Food Boxes here, we are honoured to have been included https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/food-and-drink/12-of-the-best-irish-food-boxes-delivered-to-your-door-1.4229768?mode=amp

Please listen to Siobhan's interview with Brendan O Connor 4th April discussing the effects of COVID 19 on our business and the Irish Farmhouse Cheese industry.

https://www.rte.ie/radio/utils/share/radio1/21745345

You can watch Siobhans interview with Ruth Hegarty all about the changes we have had to make on youtu.be/ihc1Sn_jp7Q or have a look at her blog on http:/eggandchicken.ie/irish-food-and-covid19/ 

 

Beer and Cheese Tastings

13 October, 2020
St Tola’s Cheese and Beer Tasting Notes   When it comes to pairing food and beer, you can either compliment the flavours or contrast them. Taste buds are as individual as a fingerprint, so two people taste the same. There is no right or wrong pairing. They are a few classical pairings but again, everyone is different. Sweet and salty pairings, effervescent and creamy textures and matching intensity should all be considered when pairing beers and cheese.   St Tola’s Goat’s Cheese & Western Herd Blue Jumper IPA This is a pairing that on paper should not work; pairing a delicate cheese with a powerful IPA. But it is so good. The bitterness of the IPA cuts through the soft creamy texture of the goat’s cheese without overpowering the elegant cheese. The bitterness of the beer is the perfect counterbalance for the rich cheese. The carbonation of the beer melts into the creamy goat cheese to cleanse the palate while the acidity refreshes the palate.   St. Tola’s Hard Cheese & Western Herd Atlantic Red Ale The sweet honey and malty, breadiness of the beer is so good with the nutty flavours of the cheese. It’s like chocolate and peanut butter, classic and timeless. The toasty malts combined with the cheese create an almost praline effect. Beer and cheese work in harmony and it is oh so good!!!   St. Tola’s Greek Style Irish Goat’s Cheese & Western Herd Back Beat Witbier The salty, briney cheese is not going to be dominated and works well with lighter dishes. While the beer is light and full of character, the understated witbier allows the cheese to star. The sweetness of the orange peel in the Belgian style beer pairs perfectly with the salty feta. 

St Tola Autumn News

5 October, 2020
We were delighted to announce that we won a Gold Star at The Great Taste Awards for our St Tola Log! It is a great boost to our team here to be able to have something to celebrate after a difficult year so far. The log is available on deli counters at all good Supervalus, cheesemongers and delicatessens around the country as well as pre packed as the Original in our new green tub.  We were due to have a market stall  and offer a tour of our farm with the The Ennis Food and Drink Fleadh https://clarefooddrinkfleadh.ie/ is once again due this weekend 10th and 11th October, however due to current COVID restrictions, these two events have now been cancelled.  We have been making our yummy hard cheese once again and this is now available in our on line shop and in all good gourmet shops in Ireland.  https://st-tola-irish-goat-cheese.myshopify.com/ We are so thankful for the amazing support that our customers have given to us and other Irish producers in the last few months.  Above all we want you all to stay happy, safe and healthy.   Siobhán and all the crew at St Tola.  

 

 

New Ways to Order St Tola

4 April, 2020

In the past week, we have been working with a number of local and national initiatives to try and boost our retails sales in these strange times we live in! We have lots of new ways to order St Tola and other lovely gourmet goodies on-line for home delivery and pick up at farmers markets these include : 

Burren Smokehouse are offering two Burren Baskets that include Burren Smoked Salmon and St Tola and locally produced puddings https://www.burrensmokehouse.com/burren-food-trail-basket-medium

Clare Local Delivery : Delivery to North Clare on a Friday for a range of goods and gourmet cooked meals including artisan bread, fresh vegetables and St Tola Cheese https://deliverclare-801f.gr8.com

Neighbour Food is a new way to do your weekly farmers market shopping in one go! Join your local market, pick and pay for your goods and pick up at the specified time! St Tola now selling for Limerick market (pick up on a Thursday eve) and Glasnevin (pick up on a Saturday) https://www.neighbourfood.ie

Hussey Fruit and Veg in Dubin are a 4th generation distributoer of Fruit and Vegetables in Dublin. They do amazing home deliveries and are now supplying a range of gourmet and dairy products including St Tola!  see@jtattshotmailc1  on Twitter or ring 01 8644300 for details

And of course our on-line shop! We only launched this this last week and have been blown away by the response! The link is up the top of the page, delivery by courier is included and its great value! Thank you to all our loyal customers

Finally, have a listen to Siobhans interview with Brendan O'Connor this morning 4th April discussing the effects of COVID 19 on the Farmhouse Cheese Industry 

https://www.rte.ie/radio/utils/share/radio1/21745345

Be Safe

26 March, 2020

We wish all our loyal customers a safe time during this Covid19 crisis. As we can't find the off switch on our goats,  we have reduced our production of soft cheeses and we will soon be making our St Tola Hard Cheese. Please support Irish food producers at this critical time. Our soft cheeses are available on a 20% discount from today at Supervalus Nationwide! Stay safe. from Siobhan and all the crew at St Tola x

in the meantime, here is Petru our Farm manager and some lovely kids from earlier in the year! x 

St Tola Irish Goats Cheese

26 February, 2020

Spring has sprung and there is kidding to beat the band out on the farm! We had a very succesful public tour last Friday, loads of people came with their 2 legged kids to see our 4 legged ones and a great time was had by all! We will do another tour again at Easter so watch out for dates here and on social media.  

In other news we are on promotion with our logs, divine, original and greek in all Supervalus across Ireland until Wednesday 4th March and Gráinne had a great time meeting customers old and new in Supervalu Castletroy a few weeks ago. 

Come along this Friday from 11am to 3pm to Sheridans in Galway - our Gráinne will once again be tasting out our cheeses to all you Galweigans! Also Siobhán will be in Sheridans in Cork on the Sheridans counter in Dunnes in Bishopstown.  

 

 

Public Tour

18 February, 2020

Mid term Goat Therapy! So our kids can meet your kids come along to our public tour this Friday 31st February at 10.30am! Its a one hour tour and you get to see our lovely goats and kids and taste all our delicious goats cheese! €10 adults, €5children or €30 for a family of 2 adults and 3 children. All welcome!

Christmas News!

13 December, 2019

What a year at St Tola! Siobhan celebrated her 20th Anniverary in style here at the farm and more visitors came to see us than ever before! 

As our St Tola Ash (which wins all the awards!) is difficult to come by in the market place we have decided to have the farm open to the public from Monday 16th December to Monday 23rd December from 9am to 4pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 10-12noon.  Pre-order if possible to guarentee orders.  We will have the full range of our St Tola cheeses,  specially designed St. Tola Cheeseboards, Sheridans crackers, & other Irish Farmhouse Cheeses to make up delicious hampers! Ring Carmen or Grainne on 065 683 66 33.

We wish all our customers a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful and Prosperous New Year 2020

PUBLIC TOUR

13 August, 2019

Public Tours are still running here at St Tola! Come along every Wednesday at 10.30am for a tour of the farm, a simple cheesemaking demonstration and a taste of all our cheeses! SSo that is the 14th, 21st and 28th August!  €8 adults, €5 children or €25 family ticket. Great craic whatever the weather!

Awards and more

14 May, 2019

Delighted to announce our St Tola Salad cheese is now available in Dunnes Stores all over Ireland! This is a firm cheese with a salty bite and great in salads and sandwiches! We are also delighted to have won 2 awards at the recent Artisan Cheese Awards in the UK. Silver for the ash log and GOLD for the Classic Log!

Lots of events coming up including Sheridans Food Festival in Meath and the   Taste the Loop Festival in Kilkee Co Clare

 

May Day Open Day

26 April, 2019

We can't promise Brian will be in full pagan gear but come and join us at our May Day Bealtine Public Tour on Wednesday 1st May at10.30 for a one hour tour! €8 adults, €5children €25 family ticket!

Don't just visit the Burren, Taste It!

23 April, 2019

Video from Rebecca Bingham

23 April, 2019

Lovely video from a few years back from visitor Rebecca Bingham!

Easter Open Day

17 April, 2019

Public Tour on Wednesday 24th April, see all our lovely goats and taste our delicious cheese too! Gates open at 10.15am for 1 hour tour starting at 10.30am sharp! €8/adults, €5/children ad €20 family ticket. See you then!

Spring has Sprung

13 March, 2019

Spring has really sprung here at St Tola! Our goats are kidding well and there are lots of lovely babies and of course lovely fresh goat milk and cheese!

Some calendar dates to remember:

Sheridans Cheesemongers Galway 23rd March 11-4pm,

Burren Food Trail Long Table events 07/06, 06/09 and 21/11 see www.Burren.ie/food-dining for more details

Slow Food Clare Festival 11/12 May www.slowfoodclare.cm

Sheridans Food Festival 26/05/2019 www.sheridanscheesemongers.com

Open Day here at St Tola Wednesday 24th April from 10.30 to 12noon! gates open at 10.15 for tour starting sharp at 10.30, €8/adult,  €5/children €20 family ticket

 

 

 

Happy New Year!

18 January, 2019

It might be a little late in January but Happy New Year to all our customers, friends and family! Best wishes and good health to all of you! We are looking forward to 2019 - Siobhan is 20 years in business here in Inagh and we are looking forward to some celebrations here in March! Watch this space as they say!

We are once again open for tours at our farm, we do full farm tours to groups of all sizes so drop us a line on info@st-tola.ie and let us see how we can accomodate you!

We were delighted that so many of our collegues in North Clare in the Burren were featured in Decembers National Geographic! Now the world can really see what delicious foodie wonders we have to offer in our beautiful county!

 

 

Christmas News Letter!

28 November, 2018

What a year it has been for St Tola Goats Cheese! Never before have we won so many awards as 2018!  Firstly the much coverted Irsh Food Writers Guild Environmental Award for our sustainability ethos which we are so very proud of.  St Tola was also one of only 5 Irish Cheesemakers to win 2 Stars at the Great Taste Awards - one of the finest international food competitions in the world!  Our St Tola Ash log also won both Gold at the Blas na hEireann award in Dingle in October and Bronze at the World Cheese awards this month!

As our St Tola Ash (which wins all the awards!) is difficult to come by in the market place we have decided to have the farm open to the public from Monday 3rd December to Friday 21st December from 9am to 4pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 10-12noon.  Pre-order if possible to guarentee orders.  We will have the full range of our St Tola cheeses, including the rare and just released St Tola Hard Cheese, specially designed St. Tola Cheeseboards, Sheridans crackers, Burren Kitchen Garden Winter Jelly & other Irish Farmhouse Cheeses to make up delicious hampers! Ring Carmen or Grainne on 065 683 66 33.

GOLD AT Blas na hEireann

10 October, 2018

Delighted to have won Gold at the this years Blas na hEireann Awards this year for our Ash Log! Also Silver for our Raw Milk! A great boost to the team and well done to all the finalists and organisers for such a great Food Festival in Dingle this year!

 

If you would like to taste our award winning cheeses please join us on our public tours Weds and Fri at 2.30pm €15.00 per head adults or €6 children.

Hope to see some of you at the Burren Food Fayre in Lisdonvarna on the 30th October!

GOLD AT Blas na hEireann

10 October, 2018

Delighted to have won Gold at the this years Blas na hEireann Awards this year for our Ash Log! Also Silver for our Raw Milk! A great boost to the team and well done to all the finalists and organisers for such a great Food Festival in Dingle this year!

 

If you would like to taste our award winning cheeses please join us on our public tours Weds and Fri at 2.30pm €15.00 per head adults or €6 children.

Hope to see some of you at the Burren Food Fayre in Lisdonvarna on the 30th October!

Autumn News!

26 September, 2018

We had a super busy summer here at St Tola and we are now looking forward to some great events coming up this Autumn.

Our delicious logs, divine and greek style are on special offer at Supervalu right now - so get your cheese while stocks last!

Siohan will be representing us the first Cork Cheese Festival this weekend. The Cork Cheese Fair will be held at the Cork Aiport Hotel this Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 5.30pm. There will be a huge range of Irish Cheesemakers and more details on www.corkcheeseweek.com 

Sinead from The Cheese Press in Ennistymon wll also be attending a special market this Sunday dedicated to cheese at The Fumbally Market in Dublin as part of it's 2018  eat-ith festival more details www.eat-ith.com

We will also be opening our doors for some public open tours here at farm...details to follow!

 

 

Tour Dates for St Tola

23 August, 2018

Just a reminder to all that we are not taking any farm tours until Wednesday 5th September. We will book dates after that if you contact us by e-mail info@st-tola.ie  Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays only! Thanks!

OPEN DAY!

24 July, 2018

OPEN MORNING !  Come along to our public open session, Wednesday 24th July for a tour of the farm, tasting and lovely cuddles with our kid goats! Gates open at 10.30am for a tour at 10.45 sharp, adults €8, 2 legged kids €5 and family ticket €20. All welcome for a great morning out!

Spring has Sprung

14 February, 2018

Spring has sprung here after a very long, cold and wet winter. We are finally starting to see some kids on the farm, it so beautiful to see them with their mothers and of course we are looking forward to some great spring milk and some super fresh goat cheese!

We are delighted to have teamed up with Cully and Sully, fabulous Irish soup makers to launch this delicious Beetroot and St Tola Goat cheese Soup. Yum Yum! It's very pretty too, a  gourgeous pink colour and just perfect for Valentines Day! Available from today in all good shops!

 

 

World Cheese Awards

23 November, 2017

We are delighted here to announce that we have won awards at the 2017-18 World Cheese Awards

Our lovely Ash Log won Best in Class and Overall Best Irish Cheese!

Great news and a super boost to the team here just before Christmas!

 

Siobhan x

Blas na Eireann Winners and FOTE lunch

25 October, 2017

STAR STUDDED CHEFS AND JOURNALISTS LUNCH IN THE BARN AT ST TOLA GOAT FARM INAGH.

On Thursday 12th October, we were delighted to host a mixture of 55 international Michelin starred chefs, journalists, academics, authors and food influencers, to a 5 course lunch, in the barn at St Tola Goat Cheese!

The meal was organised as an excursion following the “Food on the Edge” International Symposium that had been held in Galway on Monday and Tuesday.
Guests included JP McMahon (organiser of Food on the Edge and Chef from Aniar Galway), Michellin starred chefs Bo Bech and Elise Kornad and food journalists Kat Kinsmann and Joanna Blythman.

The laid back goats at St Tola looked on as the lunch was prepared by Peter Jackson and Carol O’Brien from the Armada Hotel Spanish Point, and Viv Kelly from Kierans Kitchen at The Roadside Tavern in Lisdoonvarna. The menu consisted of a starter of St Tola Goat Cheese with salad and vegetables from the Armada Farm, a main course of slow cooked goat curry and a dessert of Goats Milk ice cream. A cheese course of St Tola Goats cheeses was presented with preserves from the Burren Kitchen Garden, coffee from Anam Coffee, wines from the Wicklow Way Wines and beers from the Western Herd Beer Compan
We were deeply honoured to have hosted this meal at the very heart of our farm and hope that our visitors left with not only with a full stomach, but also a lasting impression in Ireland of the connection between our food and the land.

We were also delighted to have been awarded 2 awards at the recent Blas na hEireann awards in Dingle recently Gold for our delicious raw milk, and silver for Dunnes Stores St Tola Cream Cheese!

News...

20 September, 2017

If you get down to Lidl before the Sunday 24th September, you will be able to buy St Tola Divine instore in Lidl nationwide as part of the KICKSTART Lidl promotion - plenty of other amazing Irish products too! Our Divine is also available in Dunnes stores, Tesco and Supervalu also. Watch out for Grainne in Dunnes in Ennis this Friday and Saturday!

We have had a great summer welcoming visitors here at St Tola, but our public sessions have now finished up for the season. If you like to book a private tour or join one of our pre-booked tours, please send us an e-mail on info@st-tola.ie.

Public Sessions

30 August, 2017


We have had a very busy summer here at St Tola! We had Public tour sessions on a Wednesday morning and due to popular demand, we will continue them for September! Tour includes a tour of the goats, a look at the milking parlour, a cheesemaking demo and a full tasting of all our awardwinning goats cheeses. €8 adults, €5 children and €20 family ticket.

We have also launched our St Tola Divine into Dunnes Stores! Grainne willl be doing regular tastings so keep your eye on Facebook for more details and dates.

Finally, we do hope that some of you made it to the Fleadh in Ennis! We certainly did! The photo here is Siobhan being interviewed as part of TG4 coverage of this great event. !

 

 

Open Tour Dates

30 June, 2017

Due to popular demand, we are going to be having Open Tour dates here at St Tola Goat Farm from this Wednesday the 5th July and every Wednesday in July and August. Tours will start at 10.30am sharp and will include a tour of the farm and a cheese making demonstration with tasting. Adults €8, children €5 family ticket (2 adults and 2 children €20. Tours wil start prompt at 10.30 so make sure you are on time! We are just off the main Ennistymon to Ennis road and well sign posted.

Hope to see some of ye on Wednesday!

Siobhan

 

Rare Breeds and Pancakes

27 February, 2017

Have you been watching Rare Breed on TV3 on Tuesdays at 7.30pm? Here's a chance to catch up on a recent episode (7th February) its the April edition as the series follows 12 farms around Ireland throughout the farming year. Our Siobhan and Petru are on from about 2mins 15 seconds!

http://www.tv3.ie/3player/show/1100

Other episodes are available on the TV3 player

Don't forget tomorrow is Shrove Tuesday and officially the tastiest day of the year and heres a few ideas for you pancakes and to whet your appetite!

+Caramelised apple slices,  St Tola and thyme leaves

+Onion marmalade, St Tola and pepery rocket leaves

+Blackberry chutney, crumbled up cooked black pudding and St Tola

+Honey, butter fried pear slices, lots of freshly ground black pepper and St Tola

Our farm shop will be opening this Wednesday from 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday. If you want to call to the farm at the weekend there will be someone there from 10 to 12 noon only (no Bank Hols!) Our full range of cheeses are available as well as raw and pasteurised milk. 

Yum Yum! 

Rare Breeds!

11 January, 2017

In case you missed it, we delighted to announce that St Tola are featuring in TV3s monthly farming programme "Rare Breeds" throughout 2017. The first episode was on yesterday at 7.30pm... catch up by watching it on the 3player here! https://www.tv3.ie/3player/show/1100/119541/0/Rare-Breed

World Cheese Awards & Christmas Craft Fair

26 November, 2016

We are delighted to announce that St Tola Ash Log won Gold in its class at the recent World Cheese Awards! It's a great way to end the year and great for the team to get recognition for a great product!

The National Craft Fair at the RDS will be getting under way this coming Wednesday 30th November until Sunday 4th December. It is a stunning show with a log of amazing Irish talent on display. We will be in the Food Emporium so come along say hello and get some fantastic cheeses for Christmas! 

http://www.nationalcraftsfair.ie

See you there 

Siobhan 

Recipes and more....

21 May, 2016

Those lovely people at Sheridans cheesemongers have been happily fiddling with our cheese again! The wonderful Franck has come up with a delicious St Tola and Beetroot Quiche and it is as tasty as it is good looking!

https://hungrybreton.com/2016/05/08/st-tola-and-beetroot-relish-quiche/

Dont forget Sheridans have their big day out, their annual Food Festival in Viriginia Road Station in Co Meath next Sunday 29th May. A feast of fun and food for everyone!

http://sheridanscheesemongers.com/sheridans-annual-irish-food-festival/

Next weekend is also the Annual Burren Slow Food Festival. A superb line up this year includes a champagne and oyster picnic under the Clffs of Moher, Whiskey and Chocolate Tasting, Champagne and Smoked Salmon Tasting,  speakers including JP McMahon and Catherine Cleary as well as the usual producers market and festival banquet. http://www.slowfoodclare.com/festival/

And we are so looking forward to Bloom this year...come and see us with our friends from Cashel Blue 2nd to the 6th June 2016http://www.slowfoodclare.com/festival/

The sun is finally out here in Co Clare so get out and see our beautiful country and get tasting some lovely Irish Food!

Siobhan x 

St Tola featured on RTE's Big Week on the Farm

19 April, 2016

Delighted to have welcomed the television crew to our goat farm to film a segment for RTE's Big Week on the Farm. Check out the video clip!

St Tola featuring on RTE's Farm Live

5 April, 2016

Watch out for St-Tola on 'Farm Live' on RTE 1 Tues 5th of April at 7 p.m.

St Tola featuring in Food & Wine Magazine

17 March, 2016

We will be featuring in the April edition of Food & Wine Magazine as part of The Burren Food Trail.

Mmmm Pancakes!

8 February, 2016

Who doesn't love pancakes? So easy to make and an endless variety of toppings and fillings....so here are few new ideas to try with St Tola Goat Cheese,·     

Dot each pancake with around 30g of St Tola, 4 caramelised apple slices, (just fry the apples for a few minutes in lots of Irish butter until they start to brown)  a few bashed walnuts & a few thyme leaves.

Or  spread some good quality red onion marmalade over each pancake, dot with 30g of St Tola & some peppery rocket leaves

Or spread each pancake with about 30g of St Tola Divine,  some light Irish honey, & a sprinkle of nuts & dried fruit

Happy Shrove Tuesday!

Siobhan

St Tola in the Sunday Times

27 January, 2016

We had some super coverage over the weekend in a great article by Katy McGuinness... we are so lucky to be working with such a forward thinking group as Bord Failte. Heres hoping that the 2016 season is a healthy one for all of us. 

Have you spotted any St Tola in the Wild?! Have a look at our Facebook page for the latest pictures sent in by chefs and tasters...we love to know what beautiful creations our cheese ends up in! 

For those of you really going Wild...have a look out for St Tola in Business Class in Aer Lingus in the month of February - we are delighted to have been chosen again this Spring. 

I'll be posting a few nice recipe for Valentines soon - so watch this space!

Siobhan x

St Tola on The Seven O'Clock Show

14 January, 2016

Did you see The Seven O'Clock Show on TV3 on Wednesday Evening? Chef Gary O'Hanlon made a beautiful and healthy looking Kale and St Tola Salad! For those of you that missed it, here is the link: 

http://www.tv3.ie/shows/sevenoclockshow/article/1.65.1323.1324/189724/Ma...

and I will be posting up the recipe later in the week. Can't wait to try it!

Siobhan

Happy New Year

10 January, 2016

Happy New Year!

I hope that you all had a peaceful and restful Christmas Season and are looking forward to a Happy and Healthy 2016. We had a few little Christmas surprises on the farm, early kids!We were very surprised but they are doing well and looking bonny and healthy. 

Chefs and customers alike have been kindly sending in photos of St Tola in the Wild - in other words wonderful creations from Chefs around the country using St Tola in creative ways. Have a look at our Twitter page @StTolaCheese and our Facebook for the latest updates https://www.facebook.com/sainttola/   If you spot St Tola in the Wild - send us in a picture, we love to see what is happening out there!

News broke last week of the latest SuperFood - our very own Black Pudding! We have long been a fan of the black stuff,  check out our simple idea for using this with St Tola on our recipe page - makes a perfect late supper!

Our lovely Sinead is back selling at markets after a little winter break (and a horrible incident in the recent floods) Come and meet up with her at Limerick Milk Market on Saturday Mornings, she is some woman to talk!

Siobhan xx

 

St Tola in the Financial Times!

3 December, 2015

Great write up recently in the Financial Times, honoured to be named as one of the 5 best cheeses in Britain and Ireland!

We were delighted recently to win some awards in the World Cheese Awards,  bronze for our Divine, and a brilliant Silver for the Ash Log!

The AIB JUNIOR Bake Off is to be held locally this coming Sunday in the Armada Hotel in Spanish Point, come along between 2-5pm and support some up and coming local talent. We wil be manning as stall on the day so you can get your Christmas Cheeses selection in as well!

Siobhan x

Winter at St Tola

3 November, 2015

Winter opening hours: Our farm shop is now closed for the season,  but visitors can stlll come to the farm gate, Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm to buy cheese! Private tours can be arranged on request - see our tours page for more details. 

We are delighted the awards that St Tola has been associated with this year including, 2 Stars at the Great Taste Awards and of course winning the EUROTOQUE PRODUCER OF THE YEAR!  We are very proud also to be part of the Burren Food Trail, European Destination of Excellence Award and Foodie Town of Ireland.  Well done to all involved!

Siobhan

Open Day - Last of the the Year!

24 October, 2015
Fancy taking a look behind the scenes here at St Tola? Then come along this Thursday at 2.30pm for the last Open Tour of the Year! Visitors will get to see and pet our lovely goats, hear all about sustainable farming and breeding, get to find out about the history of cheese making in Ireland, see a simple cheese making demonstration and of course get to taste the full range of our delicious award winning cheeses! The event is free and open to all ages. Gates will Open at 2.30pm and the tour will start at 2.45pm sharp. So dress up nice and warm (wellies are a good idea as well if you have them) and come along and see us! Siobhan x

Autumn Events coming up!

29 September, 2015

As the evening draw in ever closer each night, you'd think things would be slowing down here on the farm wouldn't you?! The fine weather means that thankfully we are still busy producing cheese and there have been plenty of visitors to the farm this autumn. 

There are some fabulous events coming up in the next few weeks:

The superb Dingle Pennisula Food Festival is coming up this weekend 2nd to the 4th October, a vast range of events, cookery demonstrations and awards - unbeatable fun and craic this weekend in Kerry! have a look at the website  for more details http://www.dinglefood.com 

Food on the Edge is an incredible International Food Symposium (October 19th to 20th October at various places around Galway) with chefs and lecturers from all over the globe attending. The multi-talented and Michellin Star restauranteur J.P.McMahon is the brains behind the action and all the details can be found athttp://www.foodontheedge.ie

The annual Winterage Festival is again on in the Burren this October 22-25th- a beautiful and life affirming festival celebrating our unique food and farming heritage here in Clare. http://www.burrenwinterage.com 

And finally, the last planned Open Day of the year will be here at St Tola Goat Farm on Thursday 29th October. Gates will open at 2.30pm and a tour will start at 2.45pm. All welcome and its free!! 

Siobhan x

St Tola in the News!

1 September, 2015

We are delighted to announce that our lovely St Tola Divine was a 2 Gold Star winner at the recent Great Taste Awards! These awards are considered the Oscars of the Food World and it is testament to the hard work and dedication of the team here that produces such fine cheese! A full list of Irish winners can be seen here   http://greattasteawards.co.uk/?product_producer_name=&category=&rating=&...

We have some amazing visitors to our farm over the summer including Peter Morrell that writes for a range of websites including the Huffington Post. Details of Peters visit to The Burren in the summer can be read  http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/peter-morrell/burren-food-trail_b_804274...  many thank Peter for your kind words and we are delighted that you came to visit us. 

 

The inaugural Food on the Edge Symposium is to take place this October 19th and 20th in Galway.  The ever busy J.P. McMahon (we don't know how he finds the time) has arranged a coming together of top international chefs and food leaders for a 2 day symposium. There are some amazing events and speakers during the event, full details can be found on www.foodontheedge.ie and a great article by Rebecca LeHup writing for the Huffington Post can be found here http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/rebecca-leheup/from-seed-to-symposium_b_801...

 

Siobhan x 

 

 

Open Day Dates

18 August, 2015

A quick reminder of the dates of the last of our summer Open Days. The next one will be this coming Wednesday 19th August and the last one will be next Friday 28th August.  On both days there will be a full tour of the animals, a talk on farming, the history of St Tola Cheese and cheese making in Ireland, a simple cheese making demonstration and a full tasting of the range of St Tola Cheese! Both events are free and visitors of all ages are welcome. Gates open at 2.30pm and tour starts at 2.45pm sharp! Hope to see some of you there!

Newsletter!

29 July, 2015

We have had some great visitors lately... most notably Peter Morrell from The Huffington Post, Hannah Thompson from the Caterer and Rose Prince from The Telegraph, many thanks to Bord Bia for organising such interesting visitors to Ireland.  We will be posting some articles from these journalists later in the year. 

Our Discover Farmhouse Cheese Open Days are proving very popular with young and old alike...our next Open Day is Monday 10th August, gates open at 2.30pm and the tour starts at 2.45pm sharp..all welcome and its free! The next Open Day after that is Friday 28th August, same times, it will be Heritage week so a last chance to get some culture before the school term starts!

The best news however is of course the news that The Burren Food Trail was the proud winner of the EDEN award - European Destination of Excellence award for gastronomy. This is the second time if 5 years that Clare has won this award and we are so delighted to be part of this amazing group and the award  is testement to the hard work of all involved. Check out our Facebook page for photos of the fabulous lunch at Hotel Doolin last week.  

Hope to see some of you at our next Open Day!

Siobhan 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Open Day!

24 June, 2015

Just a quick reminder that our next Open Day is next Monday 29th June from 2-4pm Tour starrts promptly at 2pm,  there will be a full tour and tasting of all our cheeses.  

If you are out and about, keep an eye out for our Sinead at markets, Tuesdays in Ennistymon,  Fridays in Kinvara and Saturdays in the Milk Market in Limerick City! Sinead has a great range of cheeses (including all the lovely St Tola cheeses!) olives, oils nuts and of course you can practise your Irish at the same time with the Queen of Cheese! 

Dont forget this months Easy Food Magazine, there is a lovely new St Tola recipe in there for the summer!

Siobhan x 

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