Press Release: Largest food showcase in Ireland announced

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Wed 23rd Oct 2013

The Food Summit, the largest food showcase in Ireland was today launched by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton in top Dublin restaurant O’Connell’s of Donnybrook.

The inaugural Food Summit is a partnership between the Web Summit and Good Food Ireland who have teamed up to treat over 10,000 guests to the best of Irish food next week at the Web Summit (October 30th - 31st) and will feature chefs from Ireland's top restaurants and hotels as well as artisan food producers from across the country.

The Food Summit in association with Good Food Ireland will coincide with the Web Summit, Europe’s largest technology event and festival of ideas. The event sold out last week and has guests which will include CEOs from multinational companies, technology start-ups, international media and investors attending from over 90 countries in Dublin next week. Over the two days guests will be treated to 400,000 tastings of food and drink.

Last year the Web Summit was calculated to be worth €24million to the local economy, while all Good Food Ireland-approved businesses were worth €50million to the local economy according to a Grant Thornton Business Insights Survey.

Speaking at the launch Minister Bruton said: ““The Web Summit is a hugely positive event for Ireland, with thousands of entrepreneurs including some of the most powerful people in the international tech industry getting firsthand experience of all Ireland has to offer. My Department along with its agencies are determined to take full advantage of all the opportunities this offers Ireland in terms of investment and jobs. Today I am delighted that the Irish food industry is also taking full advantage of this opportunity, to showcase all we have to offer to this international audience.”

Meanwhile Paddy Cosgrave, CEO of Web Summit, said: "Ireland should be the world's food capital. No other nation produces more food per capita than Ireland, and the food we produce is of an exceptional quality. Yet, very few of our more than 400 international journalists would ever associate incredible food with Ireland. We are going to change that."

Speaking at the launch today and ahead of what will be their biggest ever event, Good Food Ireland founder Margaret Jeffares said: "Good Food Ireland has become the icon for authentic food experience in Ireland, through its 600 plus businesses' shared philosophy and commitment to using local food. If anyone can change the international attitude to the food experience in this country we can.”

Over 60 Good Food Ireland-approved businesses from the four corners of Ireland will provide guests with tastings of Irish food from some of Ireland’s top chefs, bakers, farmers, cheese-makers and fishermen, as well as beverages from top artisan craft brewers and juice-makers. Over the two days guests will be treated to 400,000 tastings of food and drink.

Renowned chefs from some of Ireland's top hotels, restaurants and food stores including The Merrion Hotel, Rathmullan House, The Shelbourne Hotel, Butler's Pantry, Mount Falcon Estate, Ely, as well as cooking legend Darina Allen from the Ballymaloe Cookery School will also be on hand to provide international guests a taste of Ireland’s rich culinary culture.

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About the Web Summit

The Web Summit is Europe’s largest festival of ideas and events and has been dubbed as “Davos for geeks.” Founded in 2009 the event has grown exponentially and this year will host 10,000 attendees and guests on October 30th and 31st in the RDS in Dublin.

Over the past three years, Niklas Zennström of Skype, Reed Hastings of Netflix, David Karp of Tumblr, Jack Dorsey, Steve Case and Tim Armstrong of AOL, Chad Hurley and Jawed Karim of YouTube have attended.

About Good Food Ireland

Good Food Ireland is a trusted guarantee for the very best authentic food experience in Ireland. Founded in 2006 by Margaret Jeffares and based on her farm in Co Wexford, it pioneered the link between the agri-food sector and the tourism hospitality sector through the promotion of local food as a driver for tourism to Ireland.

It is an industry group supported by 600 businesses from around the island. All are independently inspected to ensure the Good Food Ireland consumer promise of the highest quality in Irish food. The Good Food Ireland Online Shop sells artisan food around the world.

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For further information please contact:

Margaret Jeffares,                                                                      Mark O’Toole,             

Founder,                                                                                     Press Officer,

Good Food Ireland,                                                                    Web Summit,

Phone: +353 87 6674654                                                           Phone: +353 87 7782513                                                       

Email: mjeffares@goodfoodireland.ie                                        Email: mark@websummit.net