In the run up to the release of our 5th issue of FEAST: A Dinner Journal, our 3rd print edition, we are taking a look at some of the Irish food champions who have filled the pages of our previous issues.
Bernie and John Burke have been producing ice cream since 2006 but they’ve been farming the land at Tara in County Meath for some twenty years. Making ice cream wasn’t something they decided to take on lightly. They did extensive research of ice cream farmers in England before deciding that the higher fat content of the Jersey cow gave the very best milk for their forty odd flavours.
They also sought out the expertise of an Italian ice cream maker and their hard work has paid off with shelves groaning with awards including a Great Taste Award.
The variates of Burke’s ice cream and sorbet show a real flair for interesting combinations from Boyne Valley Blue Cheese and wild berries, to chocolate with hot chilli peppers, and even coconut sorbet. Classics are also popular like brown bread icecream as well as rum and raisin, but by far their most popular flavour is honeycomb and vanilla.
Bernie says they can hardly keep it on the shelves, though her personal favourite, is her own creation, panna cotta and raspberry ice cream.
People are welcome to visit the farm and see the Burke family in action. It is a labour intensive enterprise as they hand fill the tubs but for those who prefer their icecream in larger portions you can order an ice cream cake too. Now that’s our idea of a feast. Check in next week as we will be sharing how we put this fabulous icecream to use at our FEAST.
Burkes Farm Ice Cream