Sunday, 4 September 2011

The Food Summer School 30/08/2011

The Taste Council in association with Bord Bia hosted the first national symposium on the Irish artisan and speciality food sector.

The topics covered were 
1.        The potential of the traditional family farm.
2.        Artisans and the education system.
3.        Food tourism, domestic sales and export opportunities.

An interesting and lively discussion took place across the day with contributions being made by many well known artisan producers, department representatives and Taste Council members.

It was an opportunity to do business with media and food journalists, and get our name out there amongst other artisan producers. I connected with journalists Oonagh O Mahoney, Domini Kemp, Aoife Carrigy and food blogger Wendy Kavanagh, and met several producers. One of these connections is very interested in doing business with one of our markets.

The closing address was by the Minister of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney and the evening ended with a feast of local food.

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