The Lismore Food Company's Ken and Owen Madden along with Beth-Ann Smith
Award-winning Waterford biscuit makers The Lismore Food Company will showcase their new range at the biggest-ever City Hall Crafts and Design Fair in Cork from November 23-25.
With 85 exhibitors, the traditional opening to the festive season in Cork offers a chance to pick up original Christmas gifts.
The Lismore Food Company has finally bowed to pressure from its loyal customers and expanded their sumptuous air-dried apple snack gift range. “We have a hugely successful gift-boxed range of apple snacks, either uncoated or dipped in either dark or milk chocolate,” said owner Ken Madden, who runs the company alongside his brother Owen and partner Beth-Ann Smith.
“Customers were constantly asking us to make them for everyday use.
"Now it’s a very different snack to anything else on the market with a low calorie count, but a feeling of indulgence and luxury.
“The slices of apple are air-dried for crispness and they are all gluten-free. The uncoated and dark chocolate snacks are also vegan," Ken continued.
The company is also just back from SIAL in Paris, the bi-annual global food marketplace, which draws up to 8,000 worldwide exhibitors. “We were lucky enough to get a nomination for our products, which was a huge thing for us considering the level of competition," he said.
The Lismore Food Company has gone from strength to strength since the three biscuiteers combined their own traditions of baking, which goes back 200 years.
Beth-Ann’s family history in food stretches back to Smith’s Stores, a fine food delicatessen and bakery on Cork’s Patrick Street, while the Madden’s opened a bakery and public house on Lismore’s Main Street in the early 1800s.
Over €150,000 per day will be spent at the biggest contemporary crafts fair outside Dublin, and fairgoers in search of an original Christmas idea can be guaranteed a haven of quality wares, both for gifts and the home, this festive season.
The fair will also feature The Spectacular Christmas Food Emporium, with over 25 local artisan food producers taste-tempting visitors with the best of the season’s fare.
This year the show features an amazing attraction for children – a Superhero Transformation Station. Children can design their own superhero masks, thanks to the children’s arts and health charity Helium Arts and then feature in a special graduation in the superhero selfie booth.
“The City Hall Crafts and Design Fair gives people the ideal chance to secure original and unique Christmas presents in a wonderful setting,” said festival organiser Patrick O’Sullivan.
“Shoppers will find a wide range of crafts, artisan-made goods, food and drink, stunning handmade jewellery and accessories.
“This year we have a lot of new content with many first-time exhibitors showcasing the best of new craft and food products from around the country.”
Further details and booking options can be found online.