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Helping her six-year old entrepreneurial son to sell lemonade led to a hugely successful business idea for a Wexford mum who will be showcased at Bite 2016 in the RDS between November 18-20.

Bite 2016 will showcase the best of Ireland’s artisan food and drink producers to audiences of over 20,000 in the run-up to the Christmas season, and gives festival-goers the chance to try their hands at making gourmet recipes at the Bite Cook Along classes.

Enniscorthy mum Clodagh Davis owes the success of Naturally Cordial to her son Alex who wanted to sell lemonade at the bottom of their driveway when he was little.

“I had to go to a friend of mine and use her mother-in-law’s recipe for lemonade, which Alex and his sister Isobel sold to passing neighbours and friends,” she said.

“I adapted the recipe a bit and sold it at Alex’s secondary school’ fundraiser a few years later. It went down a treat.”

The business started in earnest shortly after when Clodagh, an occupational psychologist, was made redundant.

“I thought, well, why not try and make it as a business so I started selling the cordial at farmers markets eight years after I first made the lemonade.”

Now three years later, the Naturally Cordial range has won many accolades including the Great Taste Awards and the Irish Quality Food Awards as well as being named as a finalist in this year’s Blas na hEireann awards.

The range started off with many citrus flavours before Clodagh decided to use the soft fruits that are in abundance in Wexford and flavours like strawberry, cucumber and lime; pink grapefruit and orange and lemon.

And as a result of last year’s Bite Festival, she began supplying Simply Better range at Dunnes Stores.

Bite 2016 will feature top chefs and food experts as well as a huge range of producers, who are there to sell, sample and educate people about their unique products.

This year’s Festival will feature a range of winners from the Blas na hEireann Irish Food Awards, the biggest competition for quality Irish produce.

The Main Stage at Bite 2016 will feature a superb menu of many of the country’s top chefs and food producers demonstrating interesting ways to cook with the best of Ireland’s artisan food products.

There will also be free cooking classes led by Cook’s Academy which will allow adults and children alike to get creative in the Hands-On Kitchen.

The extremely popular Bite Cook Along will see participants making such diverse dishes as pan-fried venison, shakshouka, pappardelle with cockles and mussels, kung pao cauliflower, healthy cookie dough balls and bruleed cider braised apples.

There will also be craft beer, cider and prosecco bars along with an array of demonstrations at the Drinks Masterclass with experts on wine, spirits, coffee brewing, cocktail and smoothie making and vegetable juicing amongst others.

Bite 2016 takes place at the RDS Main Hall from November 18-20.

Full details and booking can be found at www.bitefoodfestival.ie. 

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