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Please vote for Kinsale in ‘Top 10 Foodie Destinations’ 2017

Kinsale is delighted to be selected as one of The Restaurants Association of Ireland’s Top ten finalists in the ‘Foodie Destinations’ competition 2017.

We hope that YOU will vote for us on when the public voting lines open on Tuesday 25th July at 12 noon until 10th August. The link is now live so please VOTE KINSALE and share with your friends and family – thank you!

The national public voting campaign counts for 50% of the marks with the judges’ visit making up the other 50%. We are already working together as a foodie destination to put Kinsale’s best fork forward for the judges’ visit on 19th August! The Winning destination will be announced at an awards ceremony on 29th August.

The Mad Hatter’s Food Trail takes place during the Kinsale Gourmet Festival in October (photo: John Allen)

Siobhan Waldron, The Black Pig Winebar at the Kinsale Street Food Festival 2017
(Photo: John Allen)

Big fish small Frenchman!(Photo courtesy The Bulman, Summercove)

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

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.

Locally sourced oysters from Oysterhaven, Kinsale


Street party in Kinsale. Picture. John Allen

Here is a summary of the Kinsale entry to the RAI Foodie Destinations 2017. 

Since the establishment of the Kinsale Good Food Circle in 1971, Kinsale has enjoyed a reputation as a ‘gourmet town’. This accolade is a combination of the outstanding location in Kinsale’s beautiful historic harbour and the collaboration of a number of restauranteurs and producers over many years. Through this collaboration, the Kinsale story has evolved.

The people of Kinsale pride themselves in providing a wide range of culinary options to suit all tastes and price ranges in a beautiful setting with great service and a friendly atmosphere. Kinsale consists of over 60 hotels, restaurants, cafes and pubs in – nearly all within a 5 minute walk of the Town Centre. Lobster, calamari or a steak with a pint of Guinness or a bottle of Stonewell Cider are perhaps the added incentive to enjoy the scenic Scilly Walk on the way to the legendary Bulman Bar in Summercove! As a result, Kinsale has attracted a number of conferences, international events and developed food tourism.

Kinsale’s calendar of festivals and food related events is continually evolving. In 2016, the Kinsale Gourmet Festival celebrated its 40th anniversary with a bumper three day programme. Fáilte Ireland’s highly successful international tourism project.  These factors have significantly increased visitor numbers and footfall year on year and we hope to forge greater relationships and welcome more business and leisure tourists from the USA with the new direct flight from Providence/Boston to Cork with Norwegian Airlines and the USA/Canada with WOW air via Rekyavik. Kinsale is twinned with Newport Rhode Island, Antibes in France and Mumbles in Wales.  

Kinsale is continually evolving in Kinsale and welcomes new people, their ideas and inspiration. They believe that their people, produce and passion are the recipe for success. The local provenance of their 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.

Pictured at the 4-course Fruits de Mer Luncheon during the Kinsale Gourmet Festival is chef Martin Shanahan with a mouthwatering seafood platter.
Photo: John Allen

Kinsale Street Food Festival. photo John Allen

Kinsale Chef at the Kinsale Street Food Festival. photo John Allen

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 quality of submissions this year was once again excellent, all ten of the ‘Foodie Destination’ finalists have something to be proud of for reaching the penultimate stage of the competition.”

You can VOTE KINSALE NOW by clicking this link – Please share with your friends too – thank you!

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Pictured at the launch of the RAI Foodie Destinations 2017 are John Reade, Head of Business Insurance at FBD Insurance plc and Adrian Cummins – Chief Executive Restaurants Association of Ireland.
Photo: Paul Sherwood



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