2017 Ring of Cork AGM / Tourism Seminar

2017 Ring of Cork AGM / Tourism Seminar

The 2017 Ring of Cork AGM and Tourism Seminar take place place on December 13th at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Little Island at 12PM.

This year our keynote speaker at our “Getting On Board” Tourism Seminar is Kevin Cullihane Head of Communications at Cork Airport.

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Kevin will be discussing “Maximising Incoming Tourism” within the Ring Of Cork region.

Kevin will partner Veronica Murphy, Director of Discovery Partnership, and will be discussing “Maximize your Markets – Connect & Network“ presenting at this years event

All tourism businesses are welcome and encouraged to attend the free event. There are however limited tickets, so booking is essential, which you can do so on the Ring Of Cork website: www.ringofcork.ie/training

Networking with existing Ring Of Cork members and Festive Bites with Tea / Coffee on arrival for all guests.

Following the “Getting on Board” Tourism Seminar, Ring Of Cork will hold their AGM at 1PM. SECAD Development Officer Elga Ryan will be presenting with information about how the region and website / marketing improvements are doing from the 2017 year and the plans for 2018 and beyond.

Visitors are welcome to attend the AGM, and should book on the Ring Of Cork website: www.ringofcork.ie/training

Winners Announced at SECAD & Ring of Cork Food Theatre

Winners Announced at SECAD & Ring of Cork Food Theatre

The following  prize winners were picked  at the SECAD & Ring of Cork Food Theatre on Saturday September 10th.

Congratulations to all and enjoy the wonderful Ring of Cork Prizes:

Billy Motherway, Terence J Hoare, Sarah Lochaden, Pauline Cotter, Saoirse Browne, Paul Fitzpatrick, Andrew Fiddao, Fiona Barrett, Sheelagh McDonnell, Donncha Spriggs, Lisa Lynch, Myra Heffernan, Catherine Crowley, Grazyna Banas, Margaret O’Donnell, Sandra Koliene, Sophie Morgan, Sharon Varian-Kenny, Raymond O’ Regan, Paula Cooney and Nessa Duggan.

Rory Allen, Ballymaloe, Kevin Aherne, Sage, Rachel Allen, Ballymaloe and Ryan Howard at the SECAD Food Theatre at the annual Midleton Food & Drink Festival 2016 which brought together over 60 food producers, local growers and exhibitors from across the region and attracted over 25,000 people to the annual festival in Midleton, East Cork, which was first established in 2004. Food demos, whiskey, craft beer and wine tasting sessions were also on the menu, as well as entertainment for all the family, including live music, face painting, cupcake decorating, street performers, puppet shows and a kiddies disco.  Midleton Food & Drink Festival is supported by Midleton & Area Chamber and sponsored by Irish Distillers. For more information visit www.midletonfoodfestival.ie Photo Joleen Cronin at the annual Midleton Food & Drink Festival 2016 which brought together over 60 food producers, local growers and exhibitors from across the region and attracted over 25,000 people to the annual festival in Midleton, East Cork, which was first established in 2004. Food demos, whiskey, craft beer and wine tasting sessions were also on the menu, as well as entertainment for all the family, including live music, face painting, cupcake decorating, street performers, puppet shows and a kiddies disco.  Midleton Food & Drink Festival is supported by Midleton & Area Chamber and sponsored by Irish Distillers. For more information visit www.midletonfoodfestival.ie Photo Joleen Cronin at the annual Midleton Food & Drink Festival 2016 which brought together over 60 food producers, local growers and exhibitors from across the region and attracted over 25,000 people to the annual festival in Midleton, East Cork, which was first established in 2004. Food demos, whiskey, craft beer and wine tasting sessions were also on the menu, as well as entertainment for all the family, including live music, face painting, cupcake decorating, street performers, puppet shows and a kiddies disco.  Midleton Food & Drink Festival is supported by Midleton & Area Chamber and sponsored by Irish Distillers. For more information visit www.midletonfoodfestival.ie Photo Joleen Cronin Inside the SECAD Food Theatre at the annual Midleton Food & Drink Festival 2016 which brought together over 60 food producers, local growers and exhibitors from across the region and attracted over 25,000 people to the annual festival in Midleton, East Cork, which was first established in 2004. Food demos, whiskey, craft beer and wine tasting sessions were also on the menu, as well as entertainment for all the family, including live music, face painting, cupcake decorating, street performers, puppet shows and a kiddies disco.  Midleton Food & Drink Festival is supported by Midleton & Area Chamber and sponsored by Irish Distillers. For more information visit www.midletonfoodfestival.ie Photo Joleen Cronin
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FREE DRAW in the SECAD & Ring of Cork Food Theatre at Midleton Food & Drink Festival

FREE DRAW in the SECAD & Ring of Cork Food Theatre at Midleton Food & Drink Festival

Win Amazing prizes in the Food Theatre at Midleton Food & Drink Festival. Besides the fantastic line up of food and drink demonstrations, amazing prizes will be given away throughout the day. Thanks to Fota Island Hotel, Castlemartyr Resort, Ballymaloe House, Sage Restaurant, Jameson Experience, Trabolgan, An Stor , Spike Island, Cobh Heritage Centre, Titanic Experience, Perks Entertainment Centre, Leahy’s Open Farm, Fota Wildlife Park, Fota House & Gardens for supporting Ring of Cork and Midleton Food & Drink Festival.

The SECAD & Ring of Cork Food Theatre will be host to a number of food and drink demonstrations, on Saturday 10th September from 11am until 5pm. These demonstrations are free but seats are limited so get there early.  Joana da Silva , Chief Specialist in Nutrition with Safefood   will teach us how to make a wholesome meal. Rory & Rachel Allen will give a lesson on how to cook Ballymaloe Classics while Kevin Aherne of SAGE Restaurant will demonstrate how to cook a menu using produce from Midleton’s farmers market, dough master Declan Ryan of Arbutus Bread will also teach the art of bread making, among others.

Ring Of Cork to attend the Midleton Food Festival

Ring Of Cork to attend the Midleton Food Festival

Ring of Cork are delighted to be part of the exciting Midleton Food & Drink Festival programme, which has a week long programme of events from September 4th to September 11th.

We would like to invite you to the SECAD & Ring of Cork Food Theatre on Saturday 10th September, which is located at the Fair Green, Midleton (by Supervalu and where the Farmers Market usually is). We would especially like to invite you to attend the first demo @ 11.15am “How to Source & Prepare a Wholesome Meal for You & Yours”. This will be delivered by a  Nutritionist from Safe Food Ireland and you will gain valuable cooking tips for you and your guests. This is not to be missed.

Have a look at the full Theatre of Food programme below, we are so fortunate to have Ireland’s top chefs on our doorstep.  All these demonstrations are free of charge but you are advised to come early as seating is limited. There will be fun for all the family too, besides the Theatre of food and the food market on the main street, there will be a puppet show, face painting, live music and lots more.

Saturday, 10th September, SECAD & Ring of Cork Food Theatre

  • 11.15 – 12.00: How to Source & Prepare a Wholesome Meal for You & Yours with SECAD and Safe Food Ireland.
  • 12.15 – 13.00: The Art of Bread Making with Dough Master, Declan Ryan of Arbutus Bread
  • 13.15 – 14.00: A Spice Masterclass with Spice Guru, Arun Kapil of Green Saffron
  • 14.15 – 15.00: Back to the Future with Natural Wines, a talk & tasting with Pascal Rossignol & Colm McCan of Le Caveau
  • 15.15 – 16.00: A Menu from Midleton’s Farmers Market with Kevin Aherne of SAGE Restaurant
  • 16.15 – 17.00: Cooking Ballymaloe Classics with Rory & Rachel Allen

Just a few other highlights from the Midleton Food Festival programme:

  • Festival Opening Night- Sage Courtyard – Sunday 4th September – from 3pm 7pm -bites & bubbles & music –all welcome
  • Summer Supper Club- Ballymaloe House – Monday 5th September- 7pm – Tickets
  • Mad Hatters Tea Party – Midleton Park Hotel- Thursday 8th September- 12pm- 4pm – Tickets
  • Fish Supper – Granary Food Store- Friday 9th September- 7pm- Tickets
  • Cooperage demonstration – Jameson Experience- Saturday 10th– 11.30am & 2.30pm – Tickets
  • Whiskey Talk & Tasting- Jameson Experience – Saturday 10th – 4.30pm- Tickets
  • Wind Down Festival BBQ– Sage Courtyard – Sunday 11th–  from 3pm

 

Irish Red Head Convention- Speed Dating for Gingers

Irish Red Head Convention- Speed Dating for Gingers

The 7th Irish Redhead Convention takes place in the beautiful seaside village of Crosshaven in Co. Cork this weekend, 19th- 21st of August and includes Speed Dating for Gingers. They call it a “Conservation Project” ! I love it ! If you are not interested in the dating scene there’s lots more to keep you entertained. Get REDy for an amazing fun filled weekend of freckles and frolics with the Carrot Tossing Championships, prizes for the Most Freckles Per Square Inch, music on the Foxygen and ElectRED picnic stages, seminars and exhibitions on red hair, Redhead only Photoshoots,  Foxy Fitness and lots, lots more! And check out http://www.redheadconvention.com/ for full programme of events.

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Sage Restaurant wins Failte Ireland food champion award

Sage Restaurant wins Failte Ireland food champion award

Sage Restaurant wins Failte Ireland food champion award

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The Food Ambassadors continue to help to spread the vision and values of Irish food tourism among visitors, media, food tourism businesses, and other stakeholders. They are leaders in the food scene in Ireland and internationally. All are widely known and well regarded in Ireland’s food community and use their reputation and profile to help further develop food tourism in Ireland.

Huge Congratulations to  Sage Restaurant in Midleton on winning Failte Ireland food champion award!

Read more here

Cork and Kerry Food Forum 2016

Cork and Kerry Food Forum 2016

 

FORKS OVER KNIVES AT THE 2016 CORK AND KERRY FOOD FORUM:

One of Ireland’s best-loved chefs, Kevin Dundon, will join 75 food producers from the Cork and Kerry region at this year’s Cork and Kerry Food Forum. The hugely successful food event is back and will run over two days featuring healthy cookery demonstrations, as well as one of the largest artisan food markets in Ireland.

The free event will take place from 12 -5pm in Cork City Hall on Sunday 26 and Monday 27 of June 2016.

 

Photo Joleen Cronin

 

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Tourism Ireland: Exceptional +12% growth from overseas for Jan-Sept 2015

Tourism Ireland: Exceptional +12% growth from overseas for Jan-Sept 2015

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We’re on track for a record year, as Tourism Ireland continues to roll out its extensive promotional programme around the world. Today’s figures from the CSO (Central Statistics Office) indicate that this was the best ever January to September period for overseas visitors to Ireland, with almost 6.65 million arrivals recorded. Overseas visitor numbers have increased by +12% over the first nine months of 2014 – an additional 737,600 visitors. This is good news indeed, with the increase in visitor numbers from overseas helping to boost economic recovery around the country.

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Today’s figures indicate that we are heading for a record year for Irish tourism in 2015, with almost 6.65 million people arriving during the January to September period – an increase of +12%, or an additional 737,600 overseas visitors, when compared to 2014. I am delighted to see that growth has been recorded from all of our markets around the world, with record numbers coming here from North America (almost +14%), Mainland Europe (almost +14%) and long-haul markets (+11%). I also welcome the strong increase in British visitors (+11%), our largest market for overseas tourism.”

  • Overseas visitor numbers are up +12% between January and September 2015 – 737,600 additional visitors.
  • Great Britain: Almost 2.7 million arrivals were recorded from GB, our largest market, representing growth of +11%, about 266,700 extra British visitors compared with the first nine months of 2014.
  • North America: visitor numbers from the United States and Canada are up almost +14%, about 144,800 extra American and Canadian visitors. Ireland now welcomes 10% of all American visitors to Europe – particularly noteworthy given the intense competition from other destinations.
  • Mainland Europe: it’s been another stellar performance from Mainland Europe, with almost 2.4 million visitors (up almost +14% or 284,700 extra arrivals) – with markets like Italy, Spain, Germany, France, Benelux and the Nordic countries all recording really good growth.
  • Australia and Developing Markets (ADM): it’s also been another record performance for arrivals from Australia and developing markets – up +11%, or 41,400 additional visitors.

Niall Gibbons continued: “This was a strong performance and reflects the sentiment we are hearing from our tourism industry partners overseas, including tour operators and carriers, as well as tourism businesses here at home. We are determined to ensure that tourism growth continues. Upcoming promotions, including a significant presence – with about 70 Irish tourism partners – at World Travel Market in London next week will help to keep this momentum going and deliver further success in 2016 and beyond.” 

 

Click here to see highlights of our autumn campaign around the world.

 

Action Packed Month for Tourism

 

As well as announcing the shortlist for Ireland’s Top 10 Tourism Towns, we launched an exciting new phase of the Wild Atlantic Way. The release of the latest CSO figures point to a very strong summer and confirm that 2015 is shaping up to be a record year for Irish tourism. We kicked off our Autumn sales blitz and began using Google Trekker to put Dublin on the map by capturing many of it’s hidden beauty spots with a specialised camera. Ireland’s food appeal was demonstrated to Italian media at EXPO Milan held last week and speaking of food -have you heard about ‘Food on the Edge’ – a two day symposium for chefs and food enthusiasts all around the world taking place in Galway the 19th and 20th of October.

It’s been a busy couple of weeks with international media starting off with the Wild Atlantic Way which was showcased to some of the most influential travel media in the world. Eight major US group tour buyers were here to learn more about our new tourism initiative, Ireland’s Ancient East . Top lifestyle media experienced the year of Irish design and finally, we hosted a top-level international media group to showcase and document Ireland’s LGBT tourism experience.

Deadlines: The closing date for applications for the National Festivals and Participate Events 2016 closes on Monday October 12th at 12.00 noon. October 15th is the deadline for statutory accommodation sectors to renew their Fáilte Ireland Quality Assurance for 2016.

As always check out our Friday Favourites – a round-up of some of our favourite tourism stories each week as well as our Monday Morning Memo where we share a host of insights from at home and abroad. You can catch these on our website at www.failteireland.ie on LinkedIn or why not follow us on Twitter @Failte_Ireland. 

 

New Phase of Wild Atlantic Way Launched

A new phase of The Wild Atlantic Way was recently launched by Minister Michael Ring. A 3.5 million programme of works with photo-friendly marker points and internpretation panels will improve visitor experience along the route.

Read on for more information. 

Fáilte Ireland to ‘Trek’ Down Dublin

We are quite literally putting some of Dublin’s more remote spots on the map as begin to use the ‘Google Trekker’ specialised camera to capture some of Dublin’s many beauty spots which haven’t yet been captured by Google Street View. Our Dublin team are gathering images of some of Dublin’s magnificent views and hidden gems over the next number of weeks which will be made available via Google Maps.

To find out more about this click here.


International Journalists were in Ireland to Learn about LGBT Tourism

Following global media coverage of the recent referendum on same-sex marriage, a top level international media group, including The Guardian, BuzzFeed UK and The Huffington Post arrived in Ireland to document the Irish LGBT tourism experience. The group also attended ‘The Outing Lisdoonvarna’ – the world’s first and only LGBT matchmaking and music festival, and took in some of the west coast’s most iconic experiences.

For more information on this click here.

Global Audience for Wild Atlantic Way

The Wild Atlantic Way was awash with some of the most influential travel media from across the globe, as they undertook tailored itineraries in an overseas media blitz, designed, hosted and managed by Fáilte Ireland, in collaboration with Tourism Ireland.

For more information on these trips click here. 

Food on the Edge – A Two Day Symposium for Chefs and Food Enthusiasts

Fáilte Ireland are supporting ‘Food on the Edge’ – a two day symposium taking place 19th and 20th October in Galway. The event is a coming together of chefs and food enthusiasts to listen, talk, debate and network over two days on the conversational theme: ‘The Future of Food’.

For more information on this event click here.

Autumn Sales Blitz Begins for Tourism
Over the next six weeks Irish tourism businesses will engage in almost 8,500 one-to-one sales meetings with 275 key international tour operators. This is all part of our Autumn Sales Blitz – a series of six regional events designed to allow Irish tourism businesses to pitch to overseas tour operators.
To find out more click here.

Ireland’s Food Tourism Appeal on the Menu at EXPO Milan

The four Irish finalists of the 2015 European Destination of Excellence (EDEN Awards) joined Fáilte Ireland to demonstrate Ireland’s food appeal to the Italian media at the EXPO Milan.

For more information on this event click here. 

Top Lifestyle Media in Ireland to Experience Year of Irish Design

Eleven travel and lifestyle journalists with a combined reach of over 6 million were in Ireland to explore our rich heritage of craft and design in this very special year of Irish design. The international media undertook a bespoke itinerary, designed by Fáilte Ireland, showcasing the highlights of contemporary Irish design in Kilkenny and Dublin.

Read on for more information. 

Major US Group Tour Buyers to Put Ireland’s Ancient East on ‘Must-Visit’ Itinerary.

Eight major US group tour buyers including arrived in Ireland to learn more about our new tourism initiative, Ireland’s Ancient East. This is just one of a number of events designed, hosted and managed by Fáilte Ireland, in collaboration with Tourism Ireland, to promote our newest tourism initiative.

For more information click here.

Closing Date for National Festivals and Participate Events 2016

The application process for the National Festivals and Participate Events programme opened in September and the closing date for submission of applications is Monday 12th October at 12.00 noon. Only application forms submitted via the online system will be accepted.
For more information on this click here.

 

 

Symphony of the Soil, Screening of Documentary Feature Film

Symphony of the Soil, Screening of Documentary Feature Film

Followed by Q&A with the director, Deborah Koons Garcia

Ballymaloe Grainstore

Shanagarry, Co. Cork

Thursday 8 October, 8pm

 

“Unfolding with gentle joy and an unexpected beauty, this ode to the miracle of the Earth’s topmost layer gives us a newfound respect for the ground beneath our feet.”  – New York Times Critic’s Pick
Ballymaloe Grainstore and East Cork Slow Food present Symphony of the Soil,  a documentary feature film that explores the complexity and mystery of soil, on Thursday 8 October at 8pm.  It will be followed by a question and answer session with the director, Deborah Koons Garcia.

Filmed on four continents and sharing the voices of some of the world’s most esteemed soil scientists, farmers and activists, the film portrays soil as a protagonist of our planetary story.

 

“Deborah Koons Garcia is one of my food heroes,” says Darina Allen. “‘Her work has helped in no small way to raise awareness of one of the most pressing challenges facing mankind – the diminishing fertility of the soil.

 

“We are thrilled that Deborah has chosen to show Symphony of the Soil at Ballymaloe Grainstore,” continues Darina.  “Don’t miss it – it will be life changing.”

 

Using a captivating mix of art and science, the 104-minute film shows that soil is a complex living organism, the foundation of life on earth.  Yet most people are soil-blind and “treat soil like dirt.” Through the knowledge and wisdom revealed in this film, we can come to respect, even revere, this miraculous substance, and appreciate that treating the soil right can help solve some of our most pressing environmental problems.

 

There are two Symphony of the Soil screenings in Ireland – Ballymaloe Grainstore  on 8 October and the Lighthouse Cinema in Dublin on 10 October.

 

2015 is the United Nations International Year of the Soils.

 

The film’s Irish premiere is particularly timely as Teagasc are on the cusp of launching their National Nutrient Management Planning System which will support up to 50,000 farmers in planning the long-term development of their soil.  According to Teagasc research only 11% of our Irish agricultural soil is of ‘optimum’ quality and this figure is rapidly decreasing.

 

The five-minute film, Potatoes with Purpose: The Story of Spuds, will be shown before the feature.

 

Tickets for Symphony of the Soil are €8 and may be booked on www.ballymaloegrainstore.com or 021-465 2531.  Pre-screening dinner in Ballymaloe House (6pm) is available for €45

 

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