Future's bright for the Kilkenny Food Trail
The Kilkenny Food Trail is a worthwhile project that could be replicated in every county across Ireland.
It brings together 29 businesses connected with food, including a wide range of food producers, speciality food shops, restaurants and even Kilkenny's Cillín Hill livestock mart.
Such has been the success of the food trail that there is now a queue of people wanting to join. The food trail came about through a Food Network initiative that was established by the County Enterprise Board two years ago.
The Board is now in the process of developing an iPhone application to help guide people around the trail.
According to one of the members of the food trail, Mag Kirwan of Goatsbridge Trout Farm, the food trail has not only added to sales, but it has also helped producers to showcase their products.
"It means that when, for example, a school visits, the children go home talking about trout and tell their parents about the experience. It has similarly been a positive experience for other producers on the trail," Ms Kirwan said.
There are also other spin offs for the rural economy, such as Amy McDonald's tour company, www.aruralexperience.com, which sells organised tours for the food trail.