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KINSALE PUTS ITS BEST FORK FORWARD IN FOODIE DESTINATIONS 2017

Kinsale puts its best fork forward in Foodie Destinations 2017

On Saturday 19th August, Kinsale welcomed Foodie Destinations judges Zack Gallagher (Irish Food Guide) and Wendy Kavanagh (FoodAdventure.ie), as it showcased Kinsale as one of the Restaurant Association of Ireland’s Top 10 Foodie Destinations 2017.

During the judging process, Kinsale Chamber of Tourism & Business, Kinsale Good Food Circle and Kinsale Food Tours organised a mini food tour of some of Kinsale’s restaurants and shops, sampling local produce, meeting producers and a number of people involved with food tourism and education. They were joined by the energetic Good Food Circle giant chef who entertained many people along the route!


Gavin Ryan, Chef and co-owner The Black Pig with local producer Siobhan O’Regan of Beechwood Farm, Chef David Rice from Kinsale Gourmet Academy and John O’Donovan, FBD Insurance (sponsor RAI Foodie Destinations 2017) at an event in the Black Pig Wine Bar to welcome Foodie Destinations judges Zack Gallagher and Wendy Kavanagh. Picture. John Allen.

Foodie Destinations judge, Wendy Kavanagh, with Kinsale Good Food Circle giant Chef and members Tomas Kay, The Supper Club, Daniel Horgan, Man Friday, Liam Edwards, Jim Edwards and President RAI, Zack Kavanagh, Foodie Destinations Judge. 

“We are delighted to be shortlisted this year and wish to thank the judges for visiting Kinsale today as well as everyone for voting for Kinsale in the public vote over the past few weeks.

“Kinsale has so many businesses involved in the food and drink industry, with over 60 restaurants and cafes, supplied by many producers and employing over 1,000 people in the town,” said Ciarán Fitzgerald, Chairman Kinsale Chamber of Tourism & Business.

Local producer Colum O’Regan from Horizon Farms with Liam Edwards, Chairman Kinsale Good Food Circle and John O’Donovan, FBD Insurance at an event in the Black Pig Wine Bar to welcome Foodie Destinations judges to
Kinsale. Photo: John Allen

As well as having a full calendar of foodie events and being the starting point of the Wild Atlantic Way, Kinsale is continually evolving as the town welcomes new people, their business ideas and inspiration.

“We believe that our people, produce and passion are the recipe for success. The local provenance of our meat, fish, seafood, fruit and vegetables together with the mix talent of people from the locality and all over the world combine to offer great food, service and value to all,” added Ciarán Fitzgerald.

Jenny Fitzgerald, Kinsale College of Further Education; Foodie Destinations judge; Jamie Dwyer, Haven Shellfish with some of his local oysters; Foodie Destinations judge Wendy Kavanagh and Suzanne Burns, Kinsale Food Tours at an event in the Black Pig Wine Bar to welcome the Foodie Destinations judges to Kinsale. Photo: John Allen

The ‘Foodie Destination of Ireland’ award recognises 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. The winning Irish destination 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 judges. Education, training, development and employment will be key components of the ultimate foodie destination.

Foodie Destination judge Wendy Kavanagh with fisherman John O’Mahony at an event in the Black Pig Wine Bar to welcome Foodie Destinations judges Zack Gallagher and Wendy Kavanagh to Kinsale. Photo: John Allen

 

Michael Smith of Smith’s SuperValu Kinsale; Denis Dempsey of Kinsale Mead and Jenny Fitzgerald, Kinsale College of Further Education at an event in the Black Pig Wine Bar to welcome Foodie Destinations judges to Kinsale. Photo: John Allen

The RAI Top 10 Foodie Destinations 2017 shortlist is as follows:

  • Boyne Valley
  • Cong
  • Galway’s Westend
  • Kilkenny
  • Kinsale
  • Loop Head Peninsula
  • Monaghan
  • Sligo
  • West Cork
  • West Waterford

Adrian Cummins, Chief Executive of the Restaurants Association of Ireland, said “Winning the title of ‘Foodie Destination of Ireland 2017’ will provide a competitive edge to towns and regions wishing to promote their areas to incoming tourists. The rich landscape of the Irish culinary scene has provided us with an interesting battleground for the competition. This is an exciting time to be involved in the food and tourism industry in Ireland, and for local businesses to show the pride they have in their communities to the nation.

The Winner will be announced at a RAI Awards Ceremony at the Headfort Arms, Co. Meath on Tuesday 29th August. For further information please see www.kinsale.ie and www.foodiedestinations.ie

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