Artisan food producers attending forum

ARTISAN food producers from across Kerry will be heading to Cork next week to take part in a major food promotion event.

Some of Kerry leading artisan food companies have signed up to take part in the Cork and Kerry Food Forum which take place at Cork's city hall on Monday June 30.

The event, billed as the largest ever artisan food market in Kerry and Cork, has been organised by a partnership of the Kerry and Cork Local Enterprise Offices, Kerry County Council, Cork City Council, Cork County Council, Bord Bia and retailer SuperValu.

As well as the market exhibitors will also be able to take part in a trade forum, 'meet the buyers' session with retailers, and a showcase of food with demonstrations and tastings of local produce.

The event will also include a conference for food producers from 9am to 1pm, opened by Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine Simon Coveney. The trade-only conference aims to promote opportunities in food retail, consumer trends and the new Food Academy 'Start' programme, which supports start-up food businesses, with branding, market research, marketing and financial advice.

"Bringing the food producers, retailers, buyers and the public together for this showcase of artisan food from Cork and Kerry will provide important support to the food sector in this Region", explained event organiser Joe Burke.

The first Cork and Kerry Food Forum 'Food Sensory Experience Award' will be sponsored by SRL Research, and will include a bursary worth €500 to be presented on the day for the winning food company.


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