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Celebrity Chefs to Headline Food Futures Event this Week

Darina Allen. photo by Daniel Callen

This Wednesday 21st of March will see the first ever Food Futures 2030 event take place in the five star Heritage Killenard, Co. Laois.

This interactive trade event will bring food producers, food service suppliers and buyers together under the one roof to increase the chances of securing lasting trading relationships.

Connect 2 Laois are behind the event, and hope to inspire and encourage aspirant food business owners to take the leap into the industry by celebrating success stories and facilitating networking.

Domini Kemp Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A particular highlight of the day will be the headline speakers, the legendary Darina Allen of Ballymaloe Cookery School and Domini Kemp, chef, cookbook author and owner of ITSA cafés, Joe’s Coffee and Hatch and Sons.

The Food Futures schedule of events is as follows:

Registration and networking with tea/coffee

10-10.05am – Opening by John Mulholland, Chief Executive, Laois County Council; Welcome by Padraig Fleming, An Cathaoirleach, Laois County Council

10.05-10.15am – Context and introduction by James Burke, James Burke & Associates

10.15–10.35am – The Future of Food SMEs: Agility, positivity and dealing with the challenges and changes in hospitality by Domini Kemp

10.35–10.55am – The Boyne Valley Food Journey: Olivia Duff, Boyne Valley Food Series, Headfort Arms and Fáilte Ireland Food Champion

10.55–11.15am– Trends from The Thinking House: Grace Binchy, Insight and Innovation Specialist, Bord Bia

11.15–11.35am – PaddyO’s Cereals, a producer’s perspective on the future of food: Paddy O’Connell, PaddyO’s Granola

11.35–12.00am – Panel discussion: How the role of food will change in the next decade (Domini Kemp, Olivia Duff, Grace Binchy, Paddy O’Connell)

12-2pm – Producer Showcase including a lunch of locally produced food

2.00-2.20pm – When nothing goes right, go left – how to stand out in a crowded market place through digital media: Andi Jarvis, Eximo Marketing

2.20-2.50pm – Perspectives from the Speciality Retail Sector: Colin Jephson, Director, Ardkeen Quality Food Store

2.50-3.20pm – A taste of this place – serving our local and traditional food proudly: Darina Allen, Ballymaloe Cookery School

3.20-3.50pm – Q&A Session & Closing Remarks

Registration is essential and spaces are limited. Lunch will be included on the day and bookings can be made here. Further details can be obtained directly from Liz Kennedy, Laois County Council, 086 174 6370

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