I already had an idea of who would be attending the food festival and one that definitely caught my eye was Enniskillen’s The Erne larder because I’d heard great things about their award winning Dried Cured Bacon Jam (which is also gluten, preservative and colouring free. Yes, you read that right!!). I got chatting to Declan about his different preserves, chutneys and sauces and of course his Bacon Jam lol. He had quite a variety of delicious looking jars available. On Closer inspection I spied Blackberry, Raspberry Jam, Whiskey Orange Marmalade and (my personal favourite) the Award winning Granny O’Donoghue’s Lemon Curd amongst them. We got to sample some of these and the Lemon Curd on fresh wheaten bread is the stuff of dreams! I totally would have licked the spoon but, you know, I was in company!!)
The Bacon jam was absolutely amazing, and from what I’ve heard it sells out pretty fast (if your lucky enough to know where sells it!) Omagh folk, I can tell you it’s stocked by the Spar on the Derry Road before the roundabout and as if that’s not enough, it will be stocked by Lidl Northern Ireland from the 17th September!! This stuff is worth the hype, it’s made, jarred and labelled by hand. Now to give you some idea of that process it took them 47 hours, over the space of 3 days, to finish 3000+ jars for the Lidl order. Now as he says himself, “it’s a good thing he’s a half mad chef’! and I for one am glad he is!
Thanks for reading, if you’ve been lucky enough to try and of The Erne Larders offers please feel free to let us all know what you think by leaving a comment below.