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Tipperary Food Producers Network is a network of food sector businesses in Tipperary, the membership of which is varied featuring from strong iconic brands along-side the niche and exclusive. Represented are producers of meat, cheese, bakery, confectionary, fresh produce and beverages, the common ground is quality, excellence and a passion for producing the very best products coming out of Tipperary.

Tipperary Food Producers Network is a network of food sector businesses in Tipperary, the membership of which is varied featuring from strong iconic brands along-side the niche and exclusive. Represented are producers of meat, cheese, bakery, confectionary, fresh produce and beverages, the common ground is quality, excellence and a passion for producing the very best products coming out of Tipperary.

On next Monday’s nationwide program me (July 15th) these artisan food producers who recently staged their now esteemed Long Table Dinner in Brussels, the home of the European Union will be featured.

In the lead up to the dinner, RTE followed the preparation for the event here in Tipperary and Nationwide’s Ann Cassin travels with the producers to Brussels and covers the entire event including the launch of www.tipperaryfoodproducers.com – a new state of the art website designed by students of LIT Tipperary and the Long Table Dinner itself which was hosted by Phil Prendergast and attended by recently appointed Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Deputy Tom Hayes.

The Long Table Dinner celebrated the fantastic quality of natural food produced in Tipperary and provided an opportunity for producers who wish to export to connect with international buyers and showcase their products. The Long Table Dinner was prepared and cooked in Brussels by two of the network members, Barbara Russell of Russell Catering and Sarah Baker of Cloughjordan House.

Speaking at the event Pat Whelan (Chairman) of the Tipperary Food Producers Network said “The Tipperary Food Producers are an ambitious group of artisan businesses and with the fantastic support of our local Co. Councils, Enterprise Boards & Development Companies are making great inroads in developing Tipperary as iconic food destination”