Make a point at foodcamp
Have your say on production in inaugural event
We often hear about the potential of food enterprises to create the jobs our economy so badly needs. Food production plays a massive role in our country -- it is our largest exporting sector and provides 8pc of GDP and 8pc of total employment.
I became intrigued when I heard of a FoodCamp event taking place in Kilkenny. Unlike at a conference, the content is all driven by the participants and this means delegates can take the opportunity to speak so long as it's on the topic of food.
According to the organisers, Savour Kilkenny, you can give your talk in whatever format you like. It can vary from doing a presentation or sitting down and making your points.
The organisers say this is about genuine and authentic conversations and sharing -- tools and slickness do not matter. Only one rule applies, you don't sell either yourself, your business or your product during your talk.
The day should be of practical use and, for example, one of the speaking sessions will be devoted to the use of social media and the web to promote food businesses.
It would be great to hear from some of the farmers involved in direct selling or those who intend getting involved. If you want a slot, you must also register online and give a one-liner on the topic you will speak on.
The FoodCamp event is the first of its kind in Ireland and only the third in Europe, and food producers, chefs, restaurateurs, consumers, food writers, bloggers and representatives of State agencies are to attend.
The idea, dreamt up in the USA, is based on the successful Barcamps model developed by people in the technology sector.