As part of the Harvest Festival in September Waterford City Enterprise Board has organised a lunch on Friday, September 14th in the dining room of Dooley’s Hotel to celebrate the vast array of local food producers.
This lunch is a celebration of food in Waterford and the South East. With the assistance of the South East Marketing Institute and the Love Irish Food Initiative diners will enjoy the best food Waterford and the South East has to offer.
The key note speaker at the lunch will be Waterford economist Jim Power. Mr. Power is Chair of Love Irish Food and will speak on ‘the importance of developing the Love Irish Food brand’.
Bertie Rodgers, Chairman of Waterford City Enterprise Board commented on the importance of the event, “The food industry is now a vital component in the revival of the Irish economy and Waterford is fortunate to have such a proliferation of quality food producers. But these businesses require assistance and promotion. That is why this lunch is vital, to celebrate what we have, but also to inspire others to create the next generation of food businesses. That is where the Enterprise Boards can and do help.”
The lunch is part of Waterford City Enterprise Board’s on-going strategy to develop food producing businesses in Waterford City. The Enterprising Food Network was founded by Waterford City Enterprise Board in 2011 and is made up of food producers, restaurants and horticultural groups in Waterford City. The Network has had a number of productive training and promotional events, and now has 19 members. The Enterprise Board assists the network in areas such as packaging, branding, routes to market, distribution, marketing and business advice.
Kieran Rumley, Executive Director of Love Irish Food Limited, “We are delighted to be asked to participate in this lunch, the food industry has always been very strong in the southeast and our membership from the area continues to grow”.
Tickets for this lunch can be purchased from Waterford City Enterprise Board by calling to its office at New Street in the city or from the reception at Dooley’s Hotel.
Waterford City Enterprise Board offers support services for start-up and existing SME’s in Waterford city. If you have a new business idea or are running a business that requires assistance you can contact the Enterprise Board by phoning Celia on 051-852883 or logging on to www.waterfordceb.com.