There’s something comforting to Irish expats about a eating food from Ireland abroad but there is something really special about Irish food and drink being celebrated in New York City.

On a rooftop in midtown Manhattan Irish food, drink and related companies will tell their tales, and provide delicious tasting menus at the inaugural FarePlate event. With support from ever growing companies like Kerrygold, Ballymaloe, Teeling Whiskey, ABP North America, and many more, FarePlate will celebrate Ireland’s food and drink scene.

FarePlate will give New Yorkers and Irish away from home to spend a delicious Saturday morning (Sept 12) enjoying tastings from expertly crafted menus and passing plates, to enjoy some mini-talks from the producers themselves including Teeling Whiskey, McGargles beer and more (for tickets see details below). From spectacular cheeses, to craft beers, whiskey and from Irish beef to honeys and chutneys, Irish produce simply stands out from the pack as something undeniably special.

Bridget Bray, the event producer, told IrishCentral that it was an exquisite bowl of minestrone in Castleconnell, County Limerick, that sparked the idea for this event.

“I often say it all started with the minestrone soup I once had a few years back in a pub in Castleconnell: Herbert’s. Not only was it the best minestrone soup I’d had but it was the quality of the ingredients that stood out.

“The brown bread was exceptional as was the butter and more importantly it prompted my interest to learn about Irish ingredients – about Irish products. I’ve visited markets, tried many an artisanal/craft food and drink product, dined in restaurants, bought cookbooks and can certainly attest the quality is exceptional.

“I then started to look at where and how Irish food and drink product were showcased in NYC and found that while many events and activities catered to Irish history, the arts, and sports I felt there was an opportunity to highlight the Irish food and drink story. Hence FarePlate was born.”

What’s in store will be an opportunity for those who are aware of the wonder of Irish food to enjoy something really unique and this event (tickets are limited) will allow those who are curious to explore what modern Irish fare is really all about. With experts and company reps on hand guests will also find out where to source Irish products around New York.

Here’s just a sample of some of the treats in store:

Morning cottage “pie” featuring roasted and chilled Irish natural beef strip loin with crushed fingerling potato socle, mirepoix gribiche

Crisp sambo station featuring Irish chips, Kerrygold butter and ÓhArtagáin bread

Aged Cheddar, Dubliner, Blarney Castle cheese and oatcake station featuring Healy’s honey, Ballymaloe relish and Kerrygold butter

There will also be tastings offered by McGargles, Teeling whiskey and Rowan imports that will feature Longueville cider.

And for you VIPs breakfast, savory and sweet tasting plates with such delights as...

Aged Cheddar grilled cheese sliders served with tomato bisque shooters

Smoked salmon flatbread with Cashel blue and figs

McGargles beer battered fries and asparagus

Teeling Whiskey infused mini-cakes

The details:

Date, Time – Saturday, September 12, from 10am to 2pm (advised to buy tickets ahead of time).

Venue - Refinery Rooftop at the Refinery Hotel (63 W 38th street in NY between 5th and 6th)

Format - Tastings (both passed and stations) featuring Irish product and mini-talks (20 mins) by producers

Advance General Admission Ticket - $50 $60 on-site as tickets available.

$95 VIP Ticket (only available as advance ticket) includes three specially crafted tasting plates plus the opportunity to sample from the food and drink tastings offered to general admission ticket holders. The VIP ticket holder receives set seating, plus other custom VIP giveaways.


Guests must be 21 years or older to attend

For more details follow FarePlate on Twitter and Facebook or visit Bridget Bray also runs a Irish Food and Drink Meet up group in New York.