Good Food Ireland Conference and Awards

The upcoming Good Food Ireland Conference and 5th Annual Awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday, November 22nd at The Shelbourne Hotel Dublin. Speaking in advance, guest of Honour, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny congratulated Good Food Ireland, Founder Margaret Jeffares and the industry membersfor the economic benefit they generate through their businesses’ every day, with their local food philosophy”.

Good Food Ireland, the only all-island collection of places committed to offering a genuinely top Irish food experience, supporting Irish farmers, food producer and fishermen, will award those businesses that truly excel.Tipperary favourites that have made the shortlist this year include Larkin’s Bar & Restaurant, Cashel Blue Farmhouse Cheese, Peter Ward, Country Choice and The Old Convent.

Awards such as the Good Food Ireland Culinary Hotel of the Year, Restaurant of the Year, Cookery School of the Year, “Come and See” Food Producer of the Year and Café of the Year all  celebrate Ireland’s rich tradition of hospitality with a key focus on seasonal Irish produce and high quality food producers. The Good Food Ireland Most Innovative Award highlights the business that has embraced innovation and diversification, impressively adapting to changes in the current market environment.

On the same day the Good Food Ireland Conference “Internationalising Irishness – How real Irish food bring benefits to all” has a line-up of key speakers including from the US, Erik Wolf, Founder and CEO of The International Culinary Tourism Association who will deliver the keynote address “What’s in a Name? Authenticity and Ireland’s Food Branding”. Mary Carney, recent Winner of MasterChef Ireland, Kevin Friel, Marketing Manager, Kerrygold, Kevin O’ Sullivan, Editor, The Irish Times and Feargal Quinn,?????? are also among the line-up.

“There is an increasing global awareness of where our food is coming from and many of the world’s best restaurants are promoting a farm-to-fork, local food philosophy. I believe we can maximise the uniqueness of Ireland’s cuisine by valuing our Irishness and promoting the use of the quality food ingredients of our island. It is only then that Ireland can truly become a food tourism destination,” says Margaret Jeffares, Founder, Good Food Ireland.

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