The first time I came across The Foods of Athenry was on an Aer Lingus flight from Malaga to Dublin. It was late, I was tired, and after a long wait in the airport, I was running low on energy.
I had killed time in the airport eating chips from Burger King and a large, sugary coffee from Starbucks.
By the time I boarded the plane I was tired and all sugared out, but I was still hungry.
As I looked for something in the menu, I caught sight of a gluten free snack pack. I couldn’t believe there was something so ideal on the flight, it’s not what you expect when you think of airplane food is it?
The gluten free snack pack contains two crunchy, seedy cracker breads which were what tempted me the most. They came with hummus and a box of seeds and dried fruit, with a gluten free brownie for dessert.
It came in a cute little box and I tucked in as I read my book, so pleased to be eating actual food and not just crisps or a soggy toasted sandwich.
When I received an email from the Fields of Athenry a few weeks later, I couldn’t believe the coincidence.
The Fields of Athenry is an Irish company run by a farming family in Galway. They decided to swap their cows for a bakery and specialise in gluten free, healthy baked goods.
I was really excited to sample more of their range. Gluten free baked goods always taste great, and the cookies and flapjacks didn’t fail to deliver.
Although, when I saw the packaging, I was a little worried. Gluten free, dairy free flapjacks sounded like a contradiction, and with the cookies coming in at only 18 calories, I wondered if they would taste as good as they looked.
I was so pleased to discover they tasted great!
I received a gluten free snack pack as well, but as you can see, I ate the lovely crunchy soda bread crackers and hummus before I could take a photo. (They really are that good!) The soda bread is “twice baked”, and is made up of 26 percent seeds.
The Foods of Athenry also sell breakfast cereals and cakes, including a gluten free cider cake, yum. I’ll definitely be trying more from this family company.