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Alan Quirke, Director of Ireland South East, and Julie Calder Potts of Highbank Orchards, pictured at the launch of South East Food Stories. Pic: Marc O'Sullivan

Alan Quirke, Director of Ireland South East, and Julie Calder Potts of Highbank Orchards, pictured at the launch of South East Food Stories. Pic: Marc O'Sullivan

Glassblower Rory Leadbetter at Jerpoint Glass blowing where as part of the South East Food Story people can experience the wonderful craft of the Jerpoint Glass. Pic: Marc O'Sullivan

Glassblower Rory Leadbetter at Jerpoint Glass blowing where as part of the South East Food Story people can experience the wonderful craft of the Jerpoint Glass. Pic: Marc O'Sullivan

The cluster members and those involved in bringing this product to market.

The cluster members and those involved in bringing this product to market.

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Alan Quirke, Director of Ireland South East, and Julie Calder Potts of Highbank Orchards, pictured at the launch of South East Food Stories. Pic: Marc O'Sullivan

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A new agri-food initiative will promote local food producers across Wexford and create “high quality food trail experiences” for locals and those visiting the county. South East Food Stories has just been launched to support the wide variety of producers, providers and makers delivering quality foods directly from source to plates across the South East.

The project incorporates produce from across Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford and highlights the businesses working hard to keep food sustainability at the heart of what they do. Speaking about the impact of South East Food Stories, Brian O’Flynn, Fáilte Ireland’s Head of Ireland’s Ancient East said, “We are delighted to see tourism businesses across the South East coming together to create high quality food trail experiences aligned to the Ireland’s Ancient East Brand. Visitors are increasingly seeking out opportunities to immerse themselves in the local story and this trail provides a great opportunity to sample the wide variety on offer in these counties”

Director of Ireland South East, Alan Quirke, said: “The South East offers a varied tourism experience, blending heritage, coastal activities, gardens with other activities and attractions. What stands out about the South East is its vast agri-food market and we’re delighted to be able to showcase the wide range of produce across the five counties.”

The Council and Department of Agriculture funded initiative is “inspired by the importance of food and its production as part of our overall tourism experience”. “”All five counties have hundreds of years’ worth of heritage and history with wonderful visitor experiences, which serve as a backdrop to fresh experiences and new stories. It also very much seeks to build on the strong work done by local food networks to date,” said Alan.

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Lorraine O’Dwyer from Gallivanting Tours in Wexford added: “I am really excited for this project, as not only is it a way for us to boost our local economy and give visitors a reason to explore this region outside of the traditional summer months but it’s an opportunity to draw people away from big chain supermarkets and into their local farmers' markets and grocers. Supporting local food producers is good for you and fantastic for Mother Earth


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