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    French Foodies to Find, Forage and Feast in Ireland’s Boyne Valley


    French bloggers get a taste of Dublin and Ireland’s Ancient East

    A group of French food bloggers arrive in Ireland today (9th October) to feast upon Irish cuisine as they embark on a tailor-made food-focussed trip around Dublin and the Boyne Valley region in Ireland’s Ancient East. The group of bloggers have a combined audience of 360,000 visitors per month to their blogs as well more than 130,000 followers on social media.

    The bloggers will travel to the Boyne Valley region and Dublin to hear and experience Ireland’s food Story. There the group will experience Ireland’s vast selection of seasonal and local produce and learn more about how Ireland is becoming increasingly popular as a food destination.

    They will be met in the Boyne Valley by Fáilte Ireland Food Champion and local hotelier Olivia Duff, Headford Arms Hotel, where they will experience tourism and local gastronomy at its best. Highlights of their trip will include ‘Girley Bog Forage’ with Kate Flood of Meath Eco Tours; enjoy a 30 mile radius menu showcasing the best produce from the Boyne Valley region in the Vanilla Pod restaurant; visit Sheridan’s Cheesemongers and ‘Taste & Talk’ with Kevin Sheridan; meet Carina Mount Charles at Rock Farm in Slane; head to Maperath Farm by electric bike to sample Boyne Valley Blue Cheese with Michael Finnegan; a buffet lunch of Slane Food Circle meats, cheeses, and some Cockagee Cider tasting with Mark Jenkinson in Stackallen and finishing with whiskey tasting at Slane Castle Distillery.

    The group will also enjoy some of the unique food and drink experiences in Dublin including a visit to Teeling Distillery, pre-dinner entertainment at the ‘2015 Dublin Cocktail Festival’ with Oisin Davis and a walking food tour of Dublin.

    Speaking about the trip, John Mulcahy, Head of Hospitality & Food Tourism, with Fáilte Ireland commented:

    “Ireland is gaining a reputation for its gastronomy and excelling as a food destination and we are delighted to host this group of influential French bloggers – one of Ireland’s key markets. Visitors want to experience Irish food - they are not necessarily looking for traditional dishes, but food that gives them a sense of the place that they are in. This visit is a fantastic opportunity for Dublin and Ireland’s Ancient East to showcase the authentic food experiences that are reflective of the region.

    “Furthermore, with the best raw ingredients in the world and with growers, producers, retailers and chefs all working together to promote their destination, we are confident that these bloggers will experience first-hand how visitors can enjoy wonderful locally sourced high quality cuisine.

    Recent Fáilte Ireland research shows the importance overseas visitors place not just on the availability of locally sourced ingredients and distinctly national/regional dishes but also the knowledge of staff about the food they are serving. Food festivals and events also provide a unique opportunity to satisfy all three of these priorities.

    This trip is one of a number of initiatives organised by the Food Tourism department in Fáilte Ireland in conjunction with Tourism Ireland.

    ENDS

    For further information contact

    Laoise Donnelly, Press Officer
    086 0404788 / 01 8847195


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