The Italian Connection!

This Sunday, October 6th 2013, from 12 Noon


The Italian Macreddin Village Food Market


We can hardly believe that over 10 years have passed since this food love affair between Macreddin Village and Armento Village started. But, let’s start at the beginning!

Once upon a time, Deirdre Doyle of Aughrim met an Italian guy called Michele Canosa and fell truly, madly, deeply…so much so that the two of them married and now live in the province of Basilicata in Michele’s home town of Armento in southern Italy.

And because of this encounter, we had the chance opportunity to meet with Michele who helped us fulfill the remaining criteria of our Organic License for The Strawberry Tree Restaurant, things like Organic Olive Oil, Organic Balsamic and Organic Coffee etc.

So much so that we found ourselves opening our second eatery in Macreddin Village with a full Southern Italian menu based around the foods available from Armento and Basilicata. Of course we had no choice but to call this La Taverna Armento!

In July 2009, we decided to cement this relationship by inviting these Artisan producers along with Mayor Franco Curto to officially twin our two villages. They joined us for our Village Market and gave us such a wonderful Italian twist to our Market Day.

We have enjoyed their wonderful welcomes when we have been to Armento and they’ve been back here since.
This October 6th, over 25 of our Armentesi cousins are back here for The Macreddin Village Market…and yes, we’ll have an Italian twist to The Market once more!

  • Last time we milked ewes at the market and made the freshest cheese in Ireland at The Market
  • Last time we served pizza’s from the wood fired oven that was installed for us by The Armentesi
  • Last time we gave all, a flavour of Armento with antipasto, secondi, dolce and great coffee.

However, these are our southern Italian cousins…so it really is with ‘The Gods’ as to what they will bring to The Macreddin Village Market this time!
What can be confirmed fully is that we will be taking this fabulous ‘Food Twinning’ between Macreddin Village and Armento Village to the next generation.

Also, this October 6th, Principals and Teachers from Wicklow’s wonderful Avondale Community College will meet with Principals and Teachers from ISIS Carlo Levi Sant'Arcangelo & Scuola Nazionale di Armento to form a relationship around students, food and so much more.