Speakers, Hosts & Guests

Holly White Holly White is a presenter and style, beauty and plant based food blogger on www.Holly.ie She has regularly contributed fashion segments on TV3 Xposé, RTE Today and UTV Ireland’s prime time ‘The Pulse’. Having transitioned her diet she has spent the past three years creating delicious plant based alternatives to your favourite dishes and treats. She is also co-creator of www.Nutmost.ie a healthy snack range available in Super Valu Stores.

Holly White

Holly White is a presenter and style, beauty and plant based food blogger on www.Holly.ie She has regularly contributed fashion segments on TV3 Xposé, RTE Today and UTV Ireland’s prime time ‘The Pulse’.

Having transitioned her diet she has spent the past three years creating delicious plant based alternatives to your favourite dishes and treats.

She is also co-creator of www.Nutmost.ie a healthy snack range available in Super Valu Stores.

William Murray & James Kavanagh William Murray & James Kavanagh gave birth to Currabinny after a discussion on how they could turn their unwavering obsession (food) into a career. William studied & grew his love of food at Ballymaloe Cookery School in Co. Cork - which is headed up Darina Allen & Rory O’Connell. In Ballymaloe, William nurtured his love of dishes that are unashamedly created with lots of real butter, Maldon Salt & seasonal, fresh vegetables. James comes from the other side of the food world; marketing. Having worked for two of his favourite Irish brands; Kerrygold & Barry’s Tea, he has learned what goes into making a beautiful product. Witnessing the passion & quality that goes into making a Barry’s teabag, and how the perfect grass has to exist in order for Kerrygold Butter to be as delicious as it is, has strongly influenced his food ethos.   Currabinny is named after the sleepy, picturesque area of Cork William was raised in. With houses right on the water and a warmer climate than most areas of the country, his childhood was surrounded by organic, self-grown food. Mackerel fishing on the pier & vegetable-patch tending is second nature to William.

William Murray & James Kavanagh

William Murray & James Kavanagh gave birth to Currabinny after a discussion on how they could turn their unwavering obsession (food) into a career. William studied & grew his love of food at Ballymaloe Cookery School in Co. Cork - which is headed up Darina Allen & Rory O’Connell. In Ballymaloe, William nurtured his love of dishes that are unashamedly created with lots of real butter, Maldon Salt & seasonal, fresh vegetables. James comes from the other side of the food world; marketing. Having worked for two of his favourite Irish brands; Kerrygold & Barry’s Tea, he has learned what goes into making a beautiful product. Witnessing the passion & quality that goes into making a Barry’s teabag, and how the perfect grass has to exist in order for Kerrygold Butter to be as delicious as it is, has strongly influenced his food ethos.  

Currabinny is named after the sleepy, picturesque area of Cork William was raised in. With houses right on the water and a warmer climate than most areas of the country, his childhood was surrounded by organic, self-grown food. Mackerel fishing on the pier & vegetable-patch tending is second nature to William.

Nicola Halloran Nicola set up The Wonky Spatula blog in 2014.  Her blog started out as a simple list of what is/isn’t paleo and has grown from her mission to illustrate the tasty way to be healthy. A keen CrossFit enthusiast, Nicola is focused on developing simple step by step gluten free, dairy free, paleo & vegan recipes.

Nicola Halloran

Nicola set up The Wonky Spatula blog in 2014.  Her blog started out as a simple list of what is/isn’t paleo and has grown from her mission to illustrate the tasty way to be healthy. A keen CrossFit enthusiast, Nicola is focused on developing simple step by step gluten free, dairy free, paleo & vegan recipes.

Tanya O’Halloran Tanya is a vegan recipe developer and food blogger who set up The Tiny Vegan Kitchen Blog in 2015. Tanya gains inspiration for her recipes from her travels and from trying ways to veganise her favourite foods that she grew up on. She says that her recipes are not about what’s missing; they’re more about celebrating the array of ingredients that are available to us to create and enjoy delicious food that is also good for our health, the animals and our planet. Since it’s set up The Tiny Vegan Kitchen has hosted supper clubs, given food demos at food festivals and it’s recipes have featured in Irish magazines including The Irish Times and TheTaste.ie where Tanya creates a vegan recipe for the online mag’s monthly edition.

Tanya O’Halloran

Tanya is a vegan recipe developer and food blogger who set up The Tiny Vegan Kitchen Blog in 2015. Tanya gains inspiration for her recipes from her travels and from trying ways to veganise her favourite foods that she grew up on. She says that her recipes are not about what’s missing; they’re more about celebrating the array of ingredients that are available to us to create and enjoy delicious food that is also good for our health, the animals and our planet.

Since it’s set up The Tiny Vegan Kitchen has hosted supper clubs, given food demos at food festivals and it’s recipes have featured in Irish magazines including The Irish Times and TheTaste.ie where Tanya creates a vegan recipe for the online mag’s monthly edition.

Carolanne Rushe Chef + Founder of Sweet Beat Café, 30 year old Carolanne Rushe opened the doors to her café in 2015. She has brought years of global inspiration to the menu at the café in Sligo town where they serve Brunch, Lunch and Takeaway. Carolanne was the 2017 winner of the IBYE Best Young Entrepreneur in Sligo and the café was named in the Irish Time's Best Restaurants under Best Vegetarian. Recently after years of recipe testing, she is finally bringing her range of plantbased fermented foods to the forefront. On the café menu features Kimchi, Sauerkraut, Kombucha, Water Kefir and Wild Flower Lemonades.  At the Strandhill Food Festival Carolanne will be selling her ferments for attendees to take home as well as serving up some tasty dishes featuring lots of these pickled foods. Carolanne will also carry out a food demo on fermentation where attendees can learn how to make the basics from kombucha and kimchi to learning how to incorporate them into every day life.

Carolanne Rushe

Chef + Founder of Sweet Beat Café, 30 year old Carolanne Rushe opened the doors to her café in 2015. She has brought years of global inspiration to the menu at the café in Sligo town where they serve Brunch, Lunch and Takeaway. Carolanne was the 2017 winner of the IBYE Best Young Entrepreneur in Sligo and the café was named in the Irish Time's Best Restaurants under Best Vegetarian.

Recently after years of recipe testing, she is finally bringing her range of plantbased fermented foods to the forefront. On the café menu features Kimchi, Sauerkraut, Kombucha, Water Kefir and Wild Flower Lemonades. 

At the Strandhill Food Festival Carolanne will be selling her ferments for attendees to take home as well as serving up some tasty dishes featuring lots of these pickled foods. Carolanne will also carry out a food demo on fermentation where attendees can learn how to make the basics from kombucha and kimchi to learning how to incorporate them into every day life.

Prannie Rhatigan Prannie Rhatigan is a medical doctor with a lifetime experience of harvesting, cooking and gardening organically with sea vegetables. Born and raised in the North West of Ireland where she still lives, she has a lifelong interest in the connections between food and health. Hailed as “Ireland’s leading seaweed expert” in Food and Wine in June 2012 she has represented Ireland’s finest food abroad on many occasions and has given workshops and lectures on sea vegetables and cooking.     

Prannie Rhatigan

Prannie Rhatigan is a medical doctor with a lifetime experience of harvesting, cooking and gardening organically with sea vegetables. Born and raised in the North West of Ireland where she still lives, she has a lifelong interest in the connections between food and health.

Hailed as “Ireland’s leading seaweed expert” in Food and Wine in June 2012 she has represented Ireland’s finest food abroad on many occasions and has given workshops and lectures on sea vegetables and cooking. 
 

 

Finn Ni Fhaolain Finn is a writer, chef and marine scientist living and surfing in the little town of Bundoran on the wild west coast of Ireland. She is the author of the best selling cookbook Finn's World "Do what you love. Love what you eat". Finn grew up never living far from the sea or mountains and believes that a relaxed approach to healthy living - no fad diets, no workout routines what you hate, just lots of food you love and time spent outdoors - is the way forward to living a happy and balanced life. Her website www.finsfitfood.com is where she shares her adventures working at sea (as a freelance marine scientist), recipes for delicious food and simple tips and tricks to make healthy living more affordable and fun. Finn found out she was a coeliac at the age of 19 so all her recipes are gluten free but taste-full!

Finn Ni Fhaolain

Finn is a writer, chef and marine scientist living and surfing in the little town of Bundoran on the wild west coast of Ireland. She is the author of the best selling cookbook Finn's World "Do what you love. Love what you eat". Finn grew up never living far from the sea or mountains and believes that a relaxed approach to healthy living - no fad diets, no workout routines what you hate, just lots of food you love and time spent outdoors - is the way forward to living a happy and balanced life. Her website www.finsfitfood.com is where she shares her adventures working at sea (as a freelance marine scientist), recipes for delicious food and simple tips and tricks to make healthy living more affordable and fun. Finn found out she was a coeliac at the age of 19 so all her recipes are gluten free but taste-full!

Gaby Wieland Gaby Wieland is a qualified Naturopath and Herbalist and the author of “Neantog Cookbook” published in 2008. Gaby moved to Ireland in 1985 and after a successful career as organic grower, sourdough baker and cheese maker together with her husband Hans at Neantog organic farm in Cliffoney, the couple now run Neantog Kitchen Garden School with courses in wild herb and hedgerow foraging, raw food, fermenting, gluten and dairy free cooking, sourdough baking and growing and using herbs. Gaby works with chefs, community groups and schools to pass on her knowledge and expertise and she has been working as a lecturer in the renowned Organic Centre in Leitrim since 1997. Gaby is also a member of Sligo Food Trail. See www.neantog.com. Gaby Wieland will present a Wild food cooking demonstration on the Food Demo stage. 

Gaby Wieland

Gaby Wieland is a qualified Naturopath and Herbalist and the author of “Neantog
Cookbook” published in 2008. Gaby moved to Ireland in 1985 and after a successful career
as organic grower, sourdough baker and cheese maker together with her husband Hans at
Neantog organic farm in Cliffoney, the couple now run Neantog Kitchen Garden School with
courses in wild herb and hedgerow foraging, raw food, fermenting, gluten and dairy free
cooking, sourdough baking and growing and using herbs. Gaby works with chefs, community
groups and schools to pass on her knowledge and expertise and she has been working as a
lecturer in the renowned Organic Centre in Leitrim since 1997. Gaby is also a member of
Sligo Food Trail. See www.neantog.com.

Gaby Wieland will present a Wild food cooking demonstration on the Food Demo stage. 

Ali Dunworth Ali Dunworth is a food consultant, cook and creative (www.thatalice.com). You are just as likely to find her filming or tweeting from a food festival or the latest restaurant opening as recipe testing in the kitchen. She's been eating and hanging around the kitchen for long time starting off in Ireland, summers in Greece, her 20’s in London a stint in Australia and now based back in Dublin. Somewhere along the way she managed to forge a career out of really liking food and counts herself very lucky to make a living researching, tasting, discovering all manner of different foods and working closely with lots chefs, restaurants and food idols. She regularly hosts demos and food talks at festivals and food events and last year spoke at Rene Redzepi's MAD in Copenhagen. She’s also the food producer on RTE’s What Are You Eating? and a regular radio contributor so spends a lot of time researching the latest food stories and fads. She has a unique progressive and playful take on food, believing equality and sustainability need to become the status quo in modern cooking. While having the craic of course!

Ali Dunworth

Ali Dunworth is a food consultant, cook and creative (www.thatalice.com). You are just as likely to find her filming or tweeting from a food festival or the latest restaurant opening as recipe testing in the kitchen. She's been eating and hanging around the kitchen for long time starting off in Ireland, summers in Greece, her 20’s in London a stint in Australia and now based back in Dublin. Somewhere along the way she managed to forge a career out of really liking food and counts herself very lucky to make a living researching, tasting, discovering all manner of different foods and working closely with lots chefs, restaurants and food idols. She regularly hosts demos and food talks at festivals and food events and last year spoke at Rene Redzepi's MAD in Copenhagen. She’s also the food producer on RTE’s What Are You Eating? and a regular radio contributor so spends a lot of time researching the latest food stories and fads. She has a unique progressive and playful take on food, believing equality and sustainability need to become the status quo in modern cooking. While having the craic of course!