An event to promote Cork and Kerry food producers in the region has been launched by a partnership that includes a number of local county councils and Bord Bia.
The Cork and Kerry Food Forum was last held in 2012 and will take place this year in City Hall Cork on Monday, 30 June 2014. The initiative is backed by the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) of Cork & Kerry, Cork City Council, Cork County Council, SuperValu and Bord Bia.
On offer will be tastings of local produce from the area from unique cheeses, to farm fresh herbs, confectionary, meat and fish products as well as cookery demonstrations with celebrity chef and Supervalu ambassador, Kevin Dundon.
Participating companies include Kenmare Living, IASC Seafood, Killarney Toffee and Kinsale Gourmet Ready Meals.
The event will also include a conference for food producers, opened by Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine Simon Coveney T.D., which will discuss opportunities in food retail, consumer trends and the new Food Academy Start programme. Speakers from Bord Bia and SuperValu will also be on hand to share their insights to food businesses and food retail.
A key element of the Cork and Kerry Food Forum will be the ‘meet the buyer’ trade event, where food producers can meet with buyers and retailers of the Musgrave Group, and understand retail requirements and opportunities for their produce.
“The Cork and Kerry region is renowned nationally and internationally for its high quality food produce, and with the concentration of artisan producers in this area, the Food Forum is an ideal way to showcase the variety of excellent food produced here to consumers, retailers and distributors as well as key industry stakeholders,” said Joe Burke, Local Enterprise Office South Cork.
The first Cork and Kerry Food Forum Sensory Taste Award will be sponsored by SRL Research, and will include a bursary worth €1,000 to be presented on the day for the winning food company.
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