Good Food Ireland®
Good Food Ireland, Ireland's premium food experience is a collection of leading restaurants, hotels, cookery schools, shops, pubs, cafes and food producers passionately committed to local Irish food, highlighting Ireland's food culture. Founded by Margaret Jeffares in November 2006 it is a unique trusted guarantee for good food holidays, eating out, learning to cook or for buying the very best Irish food produce.
In order to stand over our brand promise to you all food and tourism hospitality businesses undergo strict independent inspection to meet our standards, before being Approved to join the Good Food Ireland family. Though local food is at the core of what we offer, you will always get much more. Each Member is assesed and benchmarked as 'Best of its Type' so you will be assured of a rewarding experience.
Good Food Ireland was founded by Margaret Jeffares in November 2006, to link the agri-food and tourism hospitality sectors, Ireland’s two biggest indigenous industries and pioneering food tourism for the island of Ireland. Today it is the premium Irish food experience brand, representing Ireland’s culinary identity at home and abroad, showcasing the very best Irish food together with the people behind the food. Working closely with Tour Operators in developing food tours, selling artisan food worldwide through our online shop, driving business through the Good Food Ireland Touring Map, numerous promotions and events, our Prepaid MasterCard and GoodFoodIreland.ie Good Food Ireland has successfully influenced the awareness of Ireland’s culinary status and through our dedicated membership changed the perception of Irish food. Margaret continues to run Good Food Ireland, supported by a dedicated team, an influencial Steering Group and an amazing group of members, people who own and run the very best authentic tourism hospitality and agri food businesses.
Good Food Ireland pioneered the vision for Food Tourism in Ireland by creating a brand standard as the consumer facing endorsement for the best Irish food experience through a commitment to local food. Since the foundation of Good Food Ireland it has proven that by leveraging food in tourism, greater commericial opportunity exists for the agri-food and tourism industries as well as Ireland's economy at large. *In 2012 92% of Good Food Ireland Approved Providers increased their purchasing of Irish food over the previous 3 years, contributing in the region of 50 million to the local economy, while in 2013 97% reported they had increased their purchasing of Irish food over the last 12 months. *Grant Thornton Business Insights Surveys 2012 and 2013.
"Good Food Ireland really is a brand of quality across everybody and those who are in this business have a responsibility to see that our standards are seen to be the highest that there is" An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Irish Prime Minister
"We want to give visitors who come to Ireland the same pleasure we experience here on a daily basis. Now we are delighted to be in a member group of people with similar ideals. The strength of what we do lies in the personal pledge from the Good Food Ireland members to deliver a geniune Irish food experience". Peter Ward, Proprietor, Country Choice, Nenagh, Co Tipperary
"The organisation continues to thrive and is testament to Margaret's commitment and effort in running it to such a high standard. We are very proud to be associated with the Good Food Ireland brand" Ross Lewis, Chef/Proprietor Chapter One, Dublin.
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