Kinsale shortlisted as ‘Top 10 Foodie Destination 2017’

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KINSALE has been shortlisted as one of The Restaurants Association of Ireland’s Top ten finalists in the ‘Foodie Destinations’ competition 2017. The overall winner will be decided by judges’ visits to each destination and by public. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on 29th August at the Headfort Arms, Co. Meath.

“We are delighted to be shortlisted this year and are encouraging everyone to vote for Kinsale between 25th July and 10th August. We are already working together with Kinsale Good Food Circle, Kinsale Food Tours and all restaurants, bars and cafes as a foodie destination to put our best fork forward for the judges’ visit in August!” said Ciaran Fitzgerald, Chairman Kinsale Chamber of Tourism & Business.

The ‘Foodie Destination of Ireland’ award recognises a destination that actively promotes itself through joint promotional activities such as food festivals, gourmet trails or farmers’ markets as well as great dining experiences. The winning Irish 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 RAI Top 10 Foodie Destinations 2017 shortlist is as follows:

  • Boyne Valley

  • Cong

  • Galway’s Westend

  • Kilkenny

  • Kinsale

  • Loop Head Peninsula

  • Monaghan

  • Sligo

  • West Cork

  • West Waterford

Adrian Cummins, Chief Executive of the Restaurants Association of Ireland, said “Winning the title of ‘Foodie Destination of Ireland 2017’ will provide a competitive edge to towns and regions wishing to promote their areas to incoming tourists. The rich landscape of the Irish culinary scene has provided us with an interesting battleground for the competition. This is an exciting time to be involved in the food and tourism industry in Ireland, and for local businesses to show the pride they have in their communities to the nation.

“The quality of submissions this year was once again excellent, all ten of the ‘Foodie Destination’ finalists have something to be proud of for reaching the penultimate stage of the competition.”

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