Marie Antoinette would approve! Tipperary food producers let them eat more than cake this week as they showcased the best of the county’s food at a special “Eat Tipp” dinner in Dublin.
The dinner, hosted by the Tipperary Food Producers Network, is part of a drive to create new markets and seek export opportunities for top quality Tipperary food, especially in the UK. Ireland’s most influential food media were present and taken on a sumptuous, culinary tour with the intention that they carry the message of Tipperary food far and wide.
Tipperary food producers now employ more than 220 people directly, and have a cumulative turnover in excess of €24m. Now they are keen to develop Tipperary food as a brand for export, creating jobs locally in the process.
“Tipperary has a rich food resource and is an instantly recognisable international name, helped in part through the song “It’s a long way to Tipperary”. We are now determined to develop this great food brand and create an opportunity for all business in the network, large or small, to export.” according to Chairman of the Tipperary Food Producers Network, Clonmel butcher Pat Whelan.
Food writers from Ireland’s national newspapers and food magazines as well as the country’s most influential food bloggers were present at Salt Restaurant, part of the Avoca food market in Monkstown, on Tuesday night to experience the best of Tipperary food. They also got to meet Tipperary food producers, and hear their stories of innovation and excellence.
Producers represented at the dinner included Hickeys Bakery, Crossogue Preserves, Crowe Farm Meats, Cooleeney Cheese, Cloughjordan House, Mags Home Baking, Tipperary Kitchen, Inch House, James Whelan Butchers, Irish Piemontese Beef, Red Nose Wine, Russell Catering, Seymour Organic Farm, The Apple Farm, The Cookie Jar, O’Donnell’s crisps, Lough Derg Chocolates.