Australian residents are flummoxed by the sheer volume of Irish gathering at their Woolworths stores.
And it turns out; it’s all down to…. Clonakilty Blackpudding. The Irish delicacy, hailing from the town of Clonakilty in Cork, has the Irish and Australians alike flocking to Woolies in droves.
At Woolworths North Bondi it has been noted by staff that their usual clientele of barefooted surfers shopping for activated almonds and fruit tea has been replaced by GAA jersey wearing Irish people looking for their fill of black pudding.
Like Christmas in the rain, black pudding seems to be one of the top 3 things Irish people miss from home according to the Irish men and women we met outside the Woolworths in Perth’s Northbridge area.
“Ah I love it. The mother couldn’t stick it in the suitcase because she was afraid the border patrol lads would catch it and I’d be on the telly making a show of her, so I’m made up to be able to get it out here now in my local”,
Rosie Duffy, originally from Newbridge in Co. Kildare told us.
Eoin from some town in Co. Meath was another man in the queue for the black pudding:
“Back home, Woolies means to throw on the jumper coz it’s baltic outside, but over here it’s where I get my fix of black pudding. It’s class.”
Although the majority of Aussies seem perplexed by the phenomenon, a small but growing number of local hipsters have got involved upon hearing about the protein content, versatility, and all-natural ingredients of Clonakilty Blackpudding.
Benjamin Anderson- Eades, a craft beer aficionado, joined a queue at his local Woolworths on Smith Street, Fitzroy in Melbourne, without knowing what it was for at first, but is delighted he did.
“I like to think of myself as one of the first Australians to discover the brilliant beauty of the black pudding”… “It’s gonna be huge, it’s gonna be epic. It’s the next avo smash for sure”.
An Australian resident in Melbourne’s St Kilda region, who wishes to remain anonymous, told us she has seen Irish people at her local Woolworths for years often looking disorientated and confused, some have even stopped and asked her where the breakfast meat aisle is.
“Now I know what they’ve been looking for, I’ll buy it myself from the deli section and see what all the fuss is about”.
One thing is for sure, with Clonakilty Blackpudding now available in over 300 selected Woolworths stores nationwide, the Irish will remain in Australia for the long haul.
Check out www.clonakilty.com.au for all of the locations you can find it in Australia.