Foodie Destinations 2018 – Applications Now Open

We are pleased to launch Foodie Destinations 2018, with applications being accepted from 12 noon, Thursday 14th June 2018.

If your town, village, suburb or region thinks you have a unique food tourism offering and would like to apply, please head over to www.foodiedestinations.ie where you will find the entry criteria as well as a template of the application form.

The Foodie Destinations 2018 winner will be 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 for locals and visitors alike. They 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 Foodie Destinations judges. Education, training, development and employment will be key components of the ultimate food Foodie Destination. Collaboration is of utmost importance – we want to see communities working towards a common goal.

Communities across the country are urged to get involved and work with local businesses, foodie groups, Chambers of Commerce and other working groups to submit their applications and promote their area to both local people and visitors. There are 10 finalists, chosen from the applicants, who will receive a visit from our judges. Online voting also takes place which counts for 50% of the overall score.

We are delighted to welcome FBD Insurance as our official sponsor. John Reade, Head of Business Insurance at FBD Insurance has this to say: “FBD Insurance is a proud sponsor of The Foodie Destinations Award and it is our pleasure to be associated with an event supporting the agri food industry and wider business community. For 50 years FBD Insurance has been proud to support local community initiatives and as Irelands only indigenous Insurer we are delighted to see so many communities developing their own food culture offerings and contributing to the wonderfully diverse food culture in Ireland.”

All final applications must be submitted online (link will be provided on the 14th of June).

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Thursday 12th of July 2018.

If you have any queries at all please contact Shauna on 00 353 (1) 677 9901 or shauna@rai.ie / events@rai.ie.

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