Virginia O’Gara | Litfest A Food and Drinks Literacy Festival at Ballymaloe
Virginia and Donal O’Gara run My Goodness, an ethical health focused business that specialises in vegan, raw, sugar free, gluten free and fermented products, such as Kefir and Kombucha
My Goodness were awarded the McKenna’s Guides Green Award for the most ecologically-aware producer at The Electric Picnic music and arts festival, 2015. My Goodness were also featured in The Examiner’s Joe McNamee’s annual food awards.
Please see their website for more details and see below for excerpt:
Kefir dates back about 5000 years and is found in many mountain water sources above 7000 feet. In Eastern Europe they would use kefir to ferment milk which makes the milk more digestible and nutritious. Our strain most likely originated in Mexico and is used to ferment water and herbal infusions. The culture is known as a scoby (symbiotic relationship between yeast and bacteria) that feeds on natural sugar and produces a low sugar probiotic drink. Kefir alkalises the system and provides the gut with beneficial bacteria. These traits are the reason kefir is used to treat ailments such as IBS, Chrons disease, digestive disorders, coeliac and acid reflux.
We have three flavours that we feature regularly. These are hibiscus, lemon and ginger. However, we also like to celebrate the seasons in Ireland by harvesting from hedgerows and incorporating new flavours each season. 
Kombucha is a fermented probiotic tea which is similar to kefir in many ways. Like kefir it is naturally effervescent, low in sugar and full of beneficial bacteria. The main difference between kefir and kombucha is the taste. This is due to the black or green tea that is used to ferment the kombucha. 
Years at Litfest: 2016


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