L’Eroica Britannia: a heroic ride through the Peak District
The Peak District has come over all Italian by hosting a vintage cycling festival based on a Tuscan classic. But instead of Chianti wine and cakes, there’s local ale and Bakewell pudding. Last year’s event – the first – attracted 30,000 people, and tickets for this year have just gone on sale. The Guardian story in pictures.
You won’t build success if it doesn’t spring from grassroots
In fact, in the most recent Bord Bia Periscope study carried out by Ipsos MRBI, 70pc of Irish people said they believed in the importance of buying local food. In 2005, that figure stood at just 50pc. Last year’s Good Food Ireland Business Insight Survey, meanwhile, found a similar proportion of people are consciously buying local food to support the economy. It seems the importance of local food is becoming inversely proportional to the march of globalisation. Food retailing has come full circle. People want to know where their food comes from – and the more local the better. Irish Independent story.
Bangers, spuds and toms – customers vote for local favourites in Producer of the Year Awards
Members and customers of the East of England Co-op have voted in their thousands to nominate their county champions in the East of England Co-op’s Producer of the Year Awards 2015. Over 13,500 votes were cast online, by post and in-store in the annual awards which celebrate the quality and diversity of more than 140 growers and producers who contribute to the Co-op’s ‘Sourced Locally’ range. Farming UK story.
Is Cork the Region with Best Use of Food Potential in Ireland?
The search has begun to find the region in Ireland which has best used its local food potential to grow visitor numbers. Fáilte Ireland, is inviting entries for the EDEN competition, an EU project promoting sustainable tourism development models across the European Union, which is currently being held in 29 member states. The Cork story.
East of England Co-op showcases local produce for MPs
East of England Co-operative attended a House of Commons showcase to raise awareness of its local food range. The society was invited by Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell to show off its Sourced Locally range at the Eastern Promise event, which featured the work of Foundation East, which provides finance and support for enterprises starting up or looking to grow in the region. Sir Bob said: “I have been hugely impressed with the positive impact the East of England Co-op and Foundation East have had on the economic prosperity of the eastern region. Co-operative News story.
Duncan and Eco Eye get involved
The ‘Get-Involved’ local community collaborative initiative is well under way across the country. It’s now in its second year and more focussed on specific local green economy issues, where people come together to take more ownership of their destination and local environs. These include, community groups engaged in home energy retrofit clusters, those that focus on producing local renewable fuel, or local food produce for local needs. Wexford People story.
Nolan’s butcher shop nominated in the UK’s ‘Rural Oscars’
Nolan’s butcher shop in Kilcullen, Co Kildare has been nominated for the “Champion of Champions Award” in the Countryside Alliance awards which will be held in the House of Lords in London on Wednesday. The awards, which the organisers describe as the “rural Oscars”, honour local food businesses, rural enterprises and village shops. To mark 10 years of the awards, the alliance has brought together 31 former award winners to select the Champion of Champions. Nolan’s was the 2011 UK and Ireland Champion and is the only Irish food business to have won this title. Irish Times story.
Finalists announced for 15th BBC Food & Farming Awards
The BBC has announced the finalists for the BBC Food and Farming Awards 2015. In this 15th anniversary year, the final shortlist brings together some of the most interesting, dedicated and passionate people and organisations from around the UK who are changing food for the better.BBC story.
Ireland’s Food Festival Guide 2015
Here’s our guide to some of the best food festivals taking place around Ireland in 2015. I Love Cooking post.
Glamping (glamourous camping) ite in Lathom Hopes for Planning Permission
The farming enterprises J Holland & Sons, who own Alice’s Plantation, have recognised the decline in economic sustainability of the farm and are now looking to broaden the horizons of the site. The proposal is seeking permission for 12 tents accompanied by 12 single wooden compositing toilets and six wooden shower huts. The glamping site will be one of only a few in the North West of England. SourceWire press release.
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Good Food Ireland founder invited to White House for St Patrick’s Day
President Barack Obama has invited founder of Good Food Ireland Margaret Jeffares to the White House for St Patrick’s Day celebrations tomorrow, 17 March. In existence since 2006, Good Food Ireland promotes Ireland’s premium food produce and food experiences. It is a quality standard for restaurants, hotels and tourism establishments throughout the island that are committed to using Irish ingredients and is the champion for small artisan food producers. Business and leadership story.