Ode to Food: Tourism NI wants you to get creative about your love of food and drink
This month, the Northern Ireland Year of Food and Drink 2016 is celebrating all things local and Tourism Northern Ireland is asking everyone in NI to take things one step further, by writing a fun poem inspired by our local food and drink. Derry Journal story.
Food on the Edge – A taste of Ireland’s unique food culture
Some of the top chefs from across the world came to Galway last year to speak at Food on the Edge 2015 – a two day symposium for chefs and food enthusiasts. The speakers were chosen for their passion, drive and ability to inspire chefs around the world. While they were here they shared their journey with us along part of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way where they had the opportunity to meet with local producers and see for themselves how Ireland’s landscape and local food producers are working hand in glove with local chefs and restaurants to produce a unique and compelling food experience for visitors. Failte Ireland story.
Strategy to put Limerick food produce on the map
What hasn’t seemed to happen is the creation of a cohesive foodie community and a telling of the Limerick food story. All this is now changing and a new blueprint has been developed to strengthen Limerick’s efforts to achieve food destination status over the next three years. Launched on Monday, the ‘Limerick City & County Council Food Strategy for Limerick 2016-2018’ is targeting 6% additional growth for the local food tourism sector and 10% additional sales growth for producers. With a strong focus on the food sector and new commercial activity, it is projected that up to 86 new jobs will be created by the end of 2018. Limerick Leader story.
New Food Programme Aims to Get Students Interested in Artisan Food
Bord Bia and The TASTE Council of Ireland have launched “The Future is Food” – an initiative to engage Transition Year students with Ireland’s artisan food industry. The bodies were joined by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney to launch ‘The Future is Food’, in which more than 4,000 students from 200 schools across Ireland will participate. Students will broaden their knowledge and understanding of the local, artisanal and speciality food sectors and will partner with a local food producer to develop a new product or work with them on an existing project. Hospitality Ireland post.
Food NI Briefs Industry Leaders on Year of Food & Drink
The briefing was held as part of Breakfast Month, the first theme in the extensive promotional and marketing campaign for Northern Ireland’s biggest manufacturing industry. It also coincided with Breakfast Week organised by the Home Grown Cereals Authority in Britain. The First Minister said: “I am thrilled to be able to support this fantastic initiative which presents an exciting opportunity for us to celebrate all that is great about Northern Ireland food and drink. FFT.ie story
Cork Govt MEP says Rural Pubs are crucial to culture and tourism
Fine Gael Ireland South MEP and member of the EU Tourism Taskforce, Deirdre Clune, has described our rural pubs as the jewel in the crown of Irish tourism and welcomed tentative signs of a recovery in the rural pub trade. Speaking as the CSO retail sales index showed a year on year increase in bar sales of over 5% Clune said that our rural pubs are what visitors to Ireland want to see. TheCork.ie. story.
Tiny Farms Raises Seed Round from a Zuckerberg as Cricket Farming Heats Up
There are cricket farms also popping up to serve this growing consumer demand; and things are heating up, according to Daniel Imrie-Situnayake, CEO of Tiny Farms. The startup, which is currently building a pilot cricket farm in an old Dodge car factory in San Leandro, California, has just closed a seed funding round but does not want to disclose financial details about it, namely the amount of investment it raised. AgFunder story.
New allotments for Edinburgh in healthy food push
A CAMPAIGN to convert swathes of public land into allotments is gathering pace as part of a bid to grow enough vegetables to help combat food poverty. The Edible Edinburgh drive aims to unlock thousands of acres for green-fingered residents to grow their own fruit and vegetables. They say there are 234.93 hectares of vacant or derelict land in Edinburgh city. Herald Scotland story.
European Gastronomy bid to be submitted next month
Galway’s hunger to be designated an official European Region of Gastronomy 2018 will come to a head next month with the presentation of the Bid Book to an international jury of experts. It is hoped that if Galway achieves the distinction it will give international visibility to the quality food on offer in the region. The European Region of Gastronomy (EROG) is not just a culinary award; the programme is designed to link food, hospitality, tourism and culture. Other key areas for the gastronomy project include educating for better health and sustainability. Connacht Tribune Group story.
What do Food Regulations Mean for the Future of Good Food?
Elaine speaks firstly about the number of food allergens now required to be listed on menus, and how this vastly reduces the ability to react quickly to seasonal availability of ingredients. According to this experienced restaurant manageress this regulation means that chefs now have to go through the ingredients of a proposed new dish for allergens, before they can add it to the menu, which can rule it out of being offered at all. She also talks about how restaurants are ‘less willing to offer’ gluten free options because of strict regulations regarding dedicated gluten free kitchens. Outdoor dining also comes under fire, with the cost of licensing for outdoor tables putting it wide of the budget for many business owners, thus taking away its instant appeal and feel-good factor for a business. Good Food Ireland blog.
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France to force big supermarkets to give unsold food to charities
French supermarkets will be banned from throwing away or destroying unsold food and must instead donate it to charities or for animal feed, under a law set to crack down on food waste. The French national assembly voted unanimously to pass the legislation as France battles an epidemic of wasted food that has highlighted the divide between giant food firms and people who are struggling to eat. The Guardian story.