CELEBRITY chef Neven Maguire gets on his bike to travel along the Limerick Greenway where he meets local food producers in the latest episode of his ‘Food Trails’ programme on RTÉ One television this (Wednesday) night at 8.30pm.
The Limerick Greenway is a 39km off-road cycling and walking trail following the route of the Limerick to Tralee Railway which operated for almost a hundred years, opening in the 1880s and closing in the 1970s.
Neven starts his journey in Abbeyfeale where he visits Nick Cotter at Cotter Organic Lamb, and takes a tour of the farm which includes 70 acres of green land and also native woodland.
Further along the Greenway at Barnagh, Neven meets local historian Mary Kury to learn more about the Limerick to Tralee railway.
He cycles to Springfield Castle in Dromcollogher, where the Sykes family run a venison farm, restaurant, and guest accommodation. Jonathan Sykes gives Neven a tour of the venison farm. The Green Room is the castle’s restaurant, run by Jonathan’s son Dan who cooks Venison Tacos for Neven.
Further north just outside Adare, Neven meets Brian O’Connell, chief executive of the Attyflin Estate, which produces fruit juices, jams, chutneys and honey. 250,000 apples are picked by hand every year.
In the Dunraven Arms Hotel in Adare Neven meets Head Chef Adrian Neagu who shares his recipe for Pan Fried John Dory with Doonbeg Mussels, Courgettes, Cherry Tomatoes and Samphire with a Portuguese fish sauce made with coconut milk, ginger, turmeric and chilli.