Seminar to give food for thought
FINGAL'S food producers and Tourism operators will come together next month to explore how Ireland's growing reputation for gastronomy can help it step onto the international stage as a food tourism destination.
Organised by Fingal County Enterprise Board as part of Fingal Enterprise Week 2013, the Dublin Food Chain Food Tourism seminar takes place on Wednesday, October 2, at Castleknock Hotel and Country Club.
Fingal Enterprise Week 2013 runs from September 30 to October 4 in locations throughout the county and is sponsored by Vodafone Ireland, Fingal County Council, Bank of Ireland, Regus and Newstalk.
A two-part seminar, the Dublin Food Chain event is aimed at helping small local businesses in the tourism and food sectors understand how local food can drive sales opportunities.
Fingal-based B&Bs, hotel owners, restaurateurs and chefs, tourism venue operators and food producers are invited to attend a choice of afternoon workshops run by Failte Ireland, 'Understanding Food Tourism' and 'Making Local Food Work For Your Menu'. The evening event that follows will be a dynamic networking forum with a series of guest speakers, including Failte Ireland Food Ambassador, Olivia Duff of the Headfort Arms Hotel.
Birgitta Curtin of the Burren Smokehouse, Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare, will also be speaking at the seminar, giving her insights into how restaurants and hotels can work with producers to create a unique food offering. Margaret Jeffares, founder of Good Food Ireland, will showcase real-life case studies of producers and foodservice operators successfully working together.
Oisin Geoghegan, CEO, Fingal County Enterprise Board said: 'Tourism has long been recognised as a key growth industry for Ireland and as the renown of Ireland's food producers grows internationally, it is important that Fingal's enterprise support agencies help create synergies that will aid the expansion of these sectors for local companies.'
He added: 'The Dublin Food Chain Food Tourism event means Fingal's food producers and tourism operators will be able to explore the opportunities together, taking advice and support from the experts and experienced entrepreneurs that will also be there on the day.'
Other highlights of Fingal Enterprise Week 2013's programme include Technology Masterclasses, the 'Start Your Own Business' Bootcamp, an export event for the Design and Craft Sector and workshops around marketing and accessing finance.
Free daily advice clinics are also available.
The Dublin Food Chain event is open to anyone involved in the food, travel and tourism sector. Places are limited and bookings can be made online through www.fingalenterpriseweek.ie.
Dublin Food Chain is a collaborative initiative of the Irish Exporters Association and the Dublin-based County and City Enterprise Boards.