Calling all Galway foodies — the search is on for Ireland’s Foodie Town

The Restaurants Association of Ireland, in conjunction with Admailer.ie from An Post, is on the search for Ireland’s premier foodie destination, and a group of Galway gourmands are preparing to compete with towns and communities around the country to be named Ireland’s top foodie town.

The Foodie Town of Ireland award will recognise 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 town will have an 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.

Communities across the country are urged to get involved and work with local businesses and chambers of commerce to submit their applications and promote their area to both local people and visitors. The greater the engagement between town officials, the community, and the awards process, the greater chances the town has to win the coveted title. The application deadline is April 9 and all details are listed at www.facebook.com/FoodieTowns The winning town will be crowned Foodie Town 2014 at the final of the Irish Restaurant Awards on June 9, and will receive a prize package worth €5,000.

Galway is currently working on its application, if you are interested in helping contact Cáit Noone at cait.noone@gmit.ie.

 

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