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    A range of practical development programmes have been developed to support industry to enhance the offering for visitors around food and drink. To avail of any supports highlighted below, contact tastetheisland@failteireland.ie

    Taste of Place development programme

    Taste of Place is a programme designed to support food and drink experiences and their teams in creating and delivering authentic experiences that are rooted in the local area. The food we eat can communicate a unique sense of place, and local cuisine provides a direct connection to the people who produce our food, the history of a region and the rhythm of daily life. The overall aim of the programme is to give the visitor a richer and more authentic quality experience. This is a 2-day programme delivered by a series of renowned chefs and Fáilte Ireland. Please see locations and dates below.

    Taste the Island Workshops

    Fáilte Ireland have scheduled four Taste of Place workshops taking place over October and November 2019.                                                                                  
    Who can attend:                                                                                                                             

    Chefs and cooks of all levels, a maximum of 3 attendees per business.

    Galway 15th and 16th October at The Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, with Chef Jess Murphy

    Cork 22nd and 23rd October 2019 at Cork Institute of Technology, with Chef Gary O'Hanlon

    Dublin 5th and 6th November 2019 at Airfield Estate, Dundrum, Dublin 14, with Chef Luke Matthews

    Athlone 26th and 27th November Athlone Institute of Technology, with Chef Gary O'Hanlon

    Please register for a workshop in your area on our Trade Portal. If you require any assistance please contact customerservice@failteireland.ie.

    Chef Network

    Chef Network partnered with Fáilte Ireland to bring a new series of smart business tools designed to help businesses become more efficient without compromising on what matters most – the quality and integrity of your food.
    Here is your chance to view the whole series of smart business tools and see how you can apply them to your business:
    Step 1: How to Purchase Smarter
    Step 2: Control Food Costs
    Step 3: Manage Labour
    Step 4: Eliminate Waste

    For more information contact tastetheisland@failteireland.ie.

    Networks & Cluster

    We have 30 active food and drink-based networks as part of the Taste the Island programme. Each network has been assessed as a collaborative working group by Fáilte Ireland. We are working to ensure there is ongoing support for each individual network so they can continuously develop their collaborations and tourist experiences. We provide training to cover utilising online and social media, creating and enhancing experiences for visitors, lengthening the tourist season, increasing bed nights and making experiences bookable and buyable online. If you are interested in finding out more about networks/cluster support please contact tastethelsland@failteireland.ie.

    Pubs Development Programme

    Ireland has over 8,000 pubs, making them a key part of the Taste the Island campaign. While Irish pubs are world-renowned for serving fantastic Irish brews, many are now also serving great Irish food. We are working with the VFI and LVA representative bodies to ensure that pubs have the option to offer simple Irish dishes as part of the Taste the Island campaign. Training mornings on easy food assembly and menu creation will be taking place in September register your pub now at tastetheisland@failteireland.ie.