The deadline is approaching for entries to the Foodie Destinations 2017 organised by the Restaurant Association of Ireland (RAI). This competition celebrates the best of Ireland’s unique and wonderful food offerings and encourages local food tourism initiatives across the country.
If your town, village, suburb or region believes you have a unique food tourism offering and would like to apply, head over to www.foodiedestinations.ie
where you’ll find the entry criteria and the application form.
The Foodie Destinations 2017 winner will be a destination that actively promotes itself through joint promotional activities such as food festivals, gourmet trails or farmers’ markets as well as great dining experiences for locals and visitors alike. They will have established a local producer/supplier network which is utilised and promoted by local businesses.
Plans for future growth and investment into the food and hospitality industry at a local level will also be taken into consideration by Foodie Destinations judges. Education, training, development and employment will be key components of the ultimate food Foodie Destination and collaboration is of utmost importance – they want to see communities working towards a common foodie goal.
This year the RAI welcome FBD Insurance as their official sponsor. John Reade, Head of Business Insurance at FBD Insurance has this to say: “For 50 years FBD Insurance has been proud to support local community initiatives and as Ireland’s only indigenous Insurer we are delighted to see so many communities developing their own food culture offerings and contributing to the wonderfully diverse food culture in Ireland.”
The Boyne Valley was the winner of the 2016 Foodie Destination competition and it had successfully pitched itself as a region “synonymous with heritage and lush green landscape” with a concentrated effort on the marketing and growth of their fabulous artisan producers from Ireland’s only garlic farm, heritage potatoes, blue goats cheese to rapeseed oils.