Monday, 20th August 2018
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Food and Drink the Waterford Way

Sometimes, when you do food the Waterford Way, you make magic happen, and that's exactly what Thomas Baldwin (pictured), did when he decided to use his farming skills to make ice cream. It all started back in 2006 when Thomas visited some farms on a scholarship trip to the Netherlands.

"We were checking out some dairy farms and I happened to see a farm making ice-cream and it really captured my imagination," Thomas said. "I was building a new milking parlour at the time so I tweaked the plans a little bit, got a Leader Grant and took the first step on the ladder."

Thomas was dealing with an Italian company for the equipment and they also provided training, to give him that initial boost.

"I worked off some basic recipes to start with just to find my feet and see what we could do," Thomas said. "We obviously had no customers at the beginning so I had to go out and show the world what we could do."

And show they world he did. Thomas bought an Ice Cream cart and headed into the Dungarvan Farmer's Market to try and sell a few scoops. It was the summer of 2007, the sun was shining, and people were falling in love with Baldwin's Farmhouse Ice Cream.

"I went cold-calling after that," Thomas said. "I visited supermarkets and local restaurants to try and build up a customer base. A lot of people responded to the idea of local ice cream, made from local milk, from local cows eating local grass."

Thomas took his inspiration from Eamon Lonergan, whose famous Knockanore Cheese is made right next door to him. They regularly collaborate in the true spirit of Food the Waterford Way not only with their dairy, but also with their distribution. Together, Thomas says, they are definitely stronger.

Currently, you can pick up a carton of Baldwin's Farmhouse Ice Cream in a number of SuperValus across Waterford, as well as such fine restaurants as Loko, McCleary's, Slize Pizza and The Cruise.

They currently stock around 20 flavours (our favourite is the mint-choc) but are presently looking for new and imaginative ice-creams to tickle those taste buds

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now at Garter Lane

GARTER Lane Arts Centre is about to host a stunning collaboration between the Italian National Association of Contemporary Engravers (IACE) and Cork Printmakers featuring twelve Italian artists and twelve Irish artists, with each artist displaying two prints.

The exhibition previews on Thursday, August 30 at 6:30pm with a wine reception and guest speakers and then opens officially on August 31, running until October 14.

This exhibition is a rare and wonderful opportunity to view contemporary prints from Italian and Irish artists; to examine the artistic concerns expressed by artists from both countries and to explore the parallels and contrasts that may be highlighted by placing these works on paper, in a variety of different contexts.

The exhibition has already toured to two Italian venues, receiving a great response at; Villa Benzi Zecchini, outside of Treviso, in March 2018 and Universita degli Studi di Sassari (University Library)

Sassari, Sardinia in May 2018. It had its Irish debut in Crawford Art Gallery, Cork in June 2018 and will come to Waterford for its exciting climax.

The theme of the exhibition is open and artists have used a wide range of printmaking techniques; such as screen-printing, etching, photo etching, and relief printmaking to create the artworks.

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