The Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) have launched the search for Ireland’s premier foodie destination. The ‘Foodie Towns 2015’ competition will see towns and communities from all over the country battle it out to be named Ireland’s top town/destination for a foodie experience. Foodie Towns is in its second year and is now separate to the Irish Restaurant Awards due to its success in 2014.
The ‘Foodie Town of Ireland’ award will recognise a town/destination that actively promotes itself through joint promotional activities such as food festivals, gourmet trails or farmers’ markets as well as great dining experiences for locals and visitors alike. The winning Irish town/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.
The winning town/destination will be crowned ‘Foodie Town 2015’. The winner will be announced in October (details to follow). Last year, Dingle was crowned the top foodie town in Ireland. Anthony Gray, President of the Restaurants Association of Ireland, says that the rich landscape of the Irish culinary scene will provide an exciting battleground for the competition.
The RAI look forward to working with towns and localities across the country, helping them drive new customers to their restaurants and food businesses.
Applicants can enter the competition on www.foodietowns.ie and the deadline for receipt of applications is Monday 7th of September.