Meet our food champions...

Deborah Evers

We have a fertile country that can grow really good food as naturally as possible. Irish food and cooking is about capturing the taste of the land.

Deborah Evers

Deborah Evers

Image of Deborah EvensFood Producer, Dynamo, Networker Extraordinaire | The Burren, Clare

For Deborah Evers, championing Irish food is not just about promoting – it's about developing, providing supports, educating, encouraging and above all, networking. Whether it’s working with 3rd level institutes to encourage young people, bringing onboard traditional farmers, supporting new producers, helping restaurants to source locally, or liaising with agencies, she believes the key to growing an economically sustainable and vibrant local food economy is to link people.

All of this networking is fuelled by a deep passion for the beauty and biodiversity of the Burren region, with its unique fertile landscape, micro-climate and traditional farm practices that has made it “attractive to so many food people”.

Her conviction that her area has something “true, pure, natural” to offer and her drive to harness this, coupled with a background in marketing and journalism, has meant that she is involved in a huge number of food, eco-tourism, and community projects. These include being a driving force in development of the Burren Food Trail, a member of Burren Ecotourism Network, Slowfood Clare and Ballyvaughan Farmers Market, and a partner in Geopark and Leave No Trace Sustainable Tourism Code of Practice for Tourism.

However, Deborah’s main activity is as a food producer and indeed her greatest passion is still for growing food in her Clareville House Kitchen Garden, “going through the year with the seasons”, and transforming it into her Burren Kitchen Garden range of preserves.

She is currently working on a gardening and food book based around the seasons in the garden and offers garden workshops, as well as Burren and Seashore Foraging, for which she is certified by Ecotourism Ireland.