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West Limerick Food Series – The Green Apron’s Theresa Storey celebrating the success of the first phase of the Series. Picture: Marie Keating

West Limerick Food & Tourism Businesses Hungry for Collaboration 

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Representatives from The Green Apron, Fitzgerald’s Woodlands Hotel, Springfield Castle, Leen’s Hotel and Bally Goats’ Cheese participated in the first phase of the West Limerick Food Series in 2019. Picture: Marie Keating

The second phase of the West Limerick Food Series, a comprehensive networking and training programme designed to inspire and develop the food sector and food tourism industry by fostering collaboration between businesses in the region, will start on Wednesday, February 17, 2021. 

“West Limerick Wednesday” features a series of 15 free networking and training modules delivered by The Discovery Partnership on behalf of West Limerick Resources CLG and is open to businesses and individuals committed to showcasing and nurturing the food/drink sector and food tourism industry in the West Limerick area. 

The first half of the programme will be delivered online and sessions cover a range of subjects including: 

  • Building the Brand & Network 
  • Organising Food Festivals & Innovative Alternatives 
  • Food Tourism & Funding Growth 
  • Monetising the West Limerick Food Brand 
  • Immersion in the Waterford Greenway Tourist Trail 

The networking and training initiative will be a blend of workshops with expert trainers, guest speakers, and interactive discussion and is suitable for, but not limited to, food/drink producers and growers, café owners, restaurateurs and chefs, hoteliers, B&B owners, tour guides/operators, retailers, publicans, tourist attractions and food/drink enthusiasts. 

Each module is followed up by optional online support clinics for interested participants, aimed at progressing collaborative opportunities such as events and marketing campaigns. 

The latter half of the programme will include face to face training workshops and field trips, Covid-19 permitting, with more subjects being covered: 

  • Working in Clusters 
  • Creating a Winning Artisan Food & Drink Proposition 
  • Creating Social Media & PR Opportunities 
  • Group Showcase Event 

 

Speaking about the second phase of this series, Caitriona Scully, West Limerick Resources CLG said,

“As a result of the success of the first phase of the West Limerick Food Series, which took place in 2019, West Limerick Resources CLG are delighted to have secured funding under the LEADER Food Initiative delivered by the Department of Rural and Community Development and the Department of Agriculture to further develop the food sector and food tourism industry in the area.  We are confident that the combination of training and networking opportunities will bear fruit for the locality not only in the short term but for many years to come.”  

The first series culminated in a long table feast at which guests were introduced to the #TasteTheHistory concept whilst enjoying a menu created by local chefs using local ingredients.  The farmyard barn venue was testimony to the innovation and creativity that the programme workshops inspired and was made possible as a result of group collaboration.  

This year’s West Limerick Food Series training provider, The Discovery Partnership, boasts an experienced team of experts who have facilitated a number of food and food tourism projects, working closely with government bodies including regional development agencies, Leader companies, LEOs, Bord Bia, and Fáilte Ireland.  Sharon Noonan, leading food and drink consultant and media expert, will act as programme coordinator. The Newcastle West native has been an advocate for the food and drink industry for several years and has an in-depth knowledge of the local culinary landscape thanks to her consultancy business and as a presenter on the local food and drink radio programme, Best Possible Taste.   

Participation in this programme is free and registration is required.  For more information and/or to register, visit the West Limerick Food Series on Eventbrite or email [email protected]

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More information about the West Limerick Food Series 

The series aims to develop and support artisan, micro, and small food businesses in the area and to build on the successes of Series 1.

A series of blended on-line and physical workshops and training modules, along with an innovative event experience model, will be conducted across 2021 – 2022 and delivered by sectoral experts, including impressive guest speakers, with a strong record of delivery and participants who will share their knowledge and insights. The speakers will be practical, inspiring, and uplifting, encouraging a “CAN-DO” mentality among participants to create their own food tourism products. 

About West Limerick Resources 

West Limerick Resources CLG is a community-based local development company that administers a range of community-focused Programmes in the West Limerick area. 

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the ilovelimerick.com concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.

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