Veronica Steele

THE Urru Culinary Store in Bandon will host a unique round-table discussion event with West Cork artisan food pioneers Norman and Veronica Steele as part of the upcoming Bandon Arts Festival.


Norman and Veronica Steele have channelled their life philosophies and values into living & working in the world of food- “making a living making something that matters,” (as Norman Steele once said).



From urban academia to rural cheese making in the 1970s; from one generation into the next; the Steele family provide an exciting and inspirational multi-generational example for us all on how to live both the creative and practical life of our choosing and how to remain true to our values in the face of life’s challenges and distractions.



Norman and Veronica are best known for their cheese making in Beara and as the creators of the world famous Milleens Cheese.

They are widely recognised as re-starting farmhouse cheese making in Ireland in 1976.



“There was good food, of course, lots of it, but there was nothing at the intersection of art and creativity, there was nothing in the zone of agriculture.


“Milleens exploded into life, it created that intersection, and nothing was ever quite the same again”. (John Mc Kenna, Belling Artisan Food Awards)



In 2011 Veronica and Norman were awarded the inaugural Belling West Cork Artisan Originals Trophy.


Their grown children continue to work in food related areas, Quinlan in cheese making in Beara; Susan in the Fisheries Board in Clonakilty and Jennifer in food in London.

Jennifer also recently released The Food Lovers Diet cookbook.



The Art of Living – in conversation with the Steele Family will take place as part of the Bandon Arts Festival on Saturday, September 29th at 5.30pm in Urru Culinary Store, McSwiney Quay, Bandon.



The around-the-table conversation will be led by West Cork based food writer Dianne Curtin and active audience participation will be encouraged.



Milleens cheese based canapés and refreshments will be served.

There is no entry charge for the event however as space is limited to 30 people early arrival is recommended.