Backyard at Blas, an informal networking event that takes place alongside the annual Blas na hÉireann Irish Food Awards in Dingle, is taking to the road this spring for a series of nationwide events.

Designed to bring the food producing community together in a relaxed setting to share experiences and gather insights into running a business, Backyard at Blas will also feature a number of speakers who will offer support and advice to those starting out.

The first event will take place in Airfield Estate, Dundrum, on 11th April, focusing on the theme of buyer insights with keynote speaker Malachy O’Connor, founder of Irish Food Consulting. The event will also cover the skills required for preparing for buyer meetings, as well as negotiation and commercial skills, and will feature a panel of buyers from retail and foodservice who will discuss their criteria when developing a new supplier relationship.

The theme then changes to Branding & Packaging for the last two events which take place at Ballinwillin Estate, Cork, on 15th May, and The Séamus Ennis Arts Centre on 18th June. These events will focus on the elements producers need to consider when sharing their message with potential customers at home and abroad. Client Services Director Aisling Wixted and Richie Ryan, Creative Director from Greenhouse Creative, will share with guests their experiences in developing some of the country’s most successful food brands.

Tickets for each event are priced at €75 (ex VAT & fees), or two events for €130 (ex VAT & fees), and are available from

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