Archive for April, 2011

Alzheimer’s Tea Day 5th May

We will be holding our 5th Annual Alzheimer’s Tea Day in store on Thursday 5th May from 10.00am – 5.00pm.  The format’s easy: we make you a cup of any one of the 80+ flavours of tea we have in store and you make a donation to the Alzheimer Society of Ireland.  Simples – and there’s no purchase necessary.

To tempt you further, Anne will be baking some homemade cakes & biscuits to go with your tea, because a cup of tea is too wet without a little something.  Please join us on May 5th and support this really worthy cause.

Not the Royal Wedding

Strangely, our invitations to Will & Kate’s big day seem to have gone astray on their way to Stradbally (I do hope our postman’s OK).

The good news is that we are open as normal on Friday just in case the happy couple need some last minute supplies for their honeymoon – like our new range of Lavera sun creams which are ideal for sensitive skin.

We’re Egg-static

The Easter Bunny has already arrived at Blasta Wholefoods & we have a whole clutch of chocolate eggs for you to enjoy. 

We have a variety of Green & Blacks eggs, Aine’s Irish made eggs, some “Moo Free” dairy free eggs and the last few Pandora Bell praline filled eggs from Limerick.  At the time of writing we’ve just run out of  Sugar Free eggs & can’t get any more as we have them made to order.

If you’re in town, check out our shop window.  The mobile of painted eggs is courtesy of the ladies from the Craft Circle at Padre Pio Nursing Home in Cappoquin.

Waterford Festival of Food

We’ve had a great day here today with our in store artisan’s event.  Pictured is Michael Wejchert from Mic’s Chilli in Wicklow.  Mic’s 4 strengths of chilli sauce went down really well with customers. There’s some serious heat there, but a complexity of flavour that is different to anything else on the market.

Sadly Isabel O’Donovan fro Issie’s Hand Made Chocolate was unable to make it as her children were sick, but the tasting went ahead anyway.  This is seriously good chocolate & we’ll be stocking it from now on.  Issie has promised to come an do an in store for us some time soon.

Bia Blasta Buffet

Many thanks to everyone who came to our Bia Blasta Buffet this lunch time, we had an enormous response.  Also a very special thanks to Sinead Ni Ghealbhhain for all her hard work in putting it together.  We still have some of Sinead’s free recipe booklets left if anyone is interested.

Don’t forget we  have Issie from Issie’s Handmade Chocolate and Mic from Mic’s Chilli in store tomorrow (Saturday).  See you on the Square on Sunday at the GIY Dungarvan stand.

The Return of Tofu the Veggie Pig

We are pleased to announce the return of Tofu the Veggie Pig.  She’s spent the last few weeks at home, resting & having her paintwork touched up for her return to public duties.

She’ll be taking part in the Pig Parade to launch the Waterford Festival of Food.  The parade start at the Civic Offices on Davitt’s Quay Dungarvan at 5.00pm on Friday 15th April, before wending its way to the shopping centre.

She’ll also take pride of place in our shop window throughout the festival from 14th – 17th April.

Waterford Festival of Food

We’re really looking forward to the Waterford Festival of Food that runs here in Dungarvan from 14 – 17th April.  We have two special in-store events that may be of interest:

Friday 15th April 12.00 – 2.00pm:  Bia Blasta Buffet– local Nutritionist Sinead Ni Ghealbhain is cooking up a fantastic wholefood feast.  Join us & sample a range of foods that you may never have tried before & take away a free recipe booklet.  FREE & no purchase necessary.  Who said there is no such thing as a free lunch?

Saturday 16th April 10.30 – 5.00pm: Meet the Artisans– join Dragon’s Den winner Isabel O’Donovan from Issie’s Handmade Chocolate and Rory from Mic’s Chilli (as seen on Nationwide) for a FREE sampling of their Irish made goodies.

We’re working really hard to support small Irish food producers & we now have hundreds products in store from more than 30 small Irish producers.

Rude Health Week

Rude Health Week runs from 11th – 16th April.  Its organised nationally by the Irish Association of Health Stores to promote small independent health stores like ours.  There’s a whole load of stuff going on around the country – details from

Here at Blasta Wholefoods we’ve got all sorts of stuff going on, especially this year as Rude Health Week runs into the Waterford Festival of Food. We have samples, tastings and give aways all week & loads of new products.

We’re really thrilled that on Thursday 14th April from 10.30 – 12.30 we have Roisin O’Shea in store for FREE consultations.  Roisin is a nutritionist and A Vogel herbal expert and will be able to answer a wide range of your health and diet queries.  When she came to us on previous occasions people were really impressed with the quality of advice they received. As she’s only here for a couple of hours this time, her diary is filling up fast.  So if you’d like to speak to Roisin give us a ring on 058 23901 or drop us an email & we’ll book you in.

We have lots more going on over the food festival weekend itself – more of that soon.

Natasha’s Living Food

We have just begun to stock Irish made Natasha’s living food products.  “Living Foods” are all wild or organically & sustainably grown fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds & sprouted grains.  Everything is used raw to maintain the food’s full nutritional value and its all naturally vegetarian, dairy and gluten free.  Actually put this in writing makes it all sound a bit  hippy, but don’t be put off – the results are amazing. 

Natasha has a huge range, but we have started with  a couple of flavours of raw & sprouted flax crackers, Kale Crunchies, energy bars and the sweetest little boxes of  ”superfood” chocolates.  The highpoint for me has to be the “Mayan Cacao Love” spreadable ecstacy - a real grown up’s version of Nutella (cacao paste, agave & a touch of chilli) which can be used either as a spread or a drink.

Further details from

We’re Back!

So, we’re back from our short break, refreshed and ready to go.

We have a really busy few weeks coming up, with Rude Health Week, the Waterford Festival of Food and, of course, Easter.   We’ll set out further details of what’s going one over the next few days.

In the meantime, many thanks for bearing with us while we were away.

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