touRRoir was organised by Good Food Ireland at Bailey Allen Hall in NUI Galway on 24th of April 2018. It was a cross sector global business forum bringing together Food, Tourism and Culture to discuss how, through the inextricable link of these three sectors companies can grow business, local communities can flourish and destinations can ensure a more successful and sustainable economic future.

IMG_1993I was so happy that I got to participate in touRRoir. My thanks to Good Food Ireland for allowing me to be part of it. Had a chance to listen to great speakers, met lots of lovely people and tasted some delicious food. Amazed by all the effort put forward by everyone.

Sessions of the forum include:

-Authentic Collaboration by Design

-Getting your Community on the Global Culinary Map

-Food Experience at the Heart of the Destination Brand

-Cultural and Creative Enterprises Driving Sustainable Business

-Craft or just Crafty? The Battle for Trust

-Communication Nation – Room to Improve?

-Ireland West Food Tourism Culture – Rhyming

-Networking Drinks Reception and Cultural Experiences


IMG_1983Forum Programme speakers include:

Margaret Jeffares, Founder and Managing Director, Good Food Ireland; Noel Toolan, Consultant and Marketing Change Agenta; Kevin Shannon, Managing Director, Odyssey International Group; Dearbhaill Standún, Co-Founder/Owner, Cnoc Suain; Niall Rochford, General Manager, Ashford Castle; Aoibheann McNamara, Owner,  Ard Bia at Nimmos; Fia Gulliksson, Chef & CEO, Food in Action, Sweden; Rachel Collins, Editor, The Irish Times Magazine; Birgitta Hedin-Curtin, The Burren Smokehouse; Mark Murphy, Dingle Cookery School; John Hart, Executive Director, Restaurant & Catering, Australia; Peter Ward, Country Choice; Judy Murphy, Arts Editor, Connaught Tribune; Zack Gallagher, Irish Blogger and Chef, Robb Walsh, US Food Writer, Author and Restaurant Owner; Dr Lidia Varbanova, International Consultant & Educator, Canada; Eve-Anne Cullinan, Founding Director, M.CO; Jim Power, Managing Director, Jim Power Economics; Colman Andrews, Vice President; Tim Husbands MBE, CEO Westport House and Hotel Westport; H.E. Ms Carmen McEvoy, Ambassador of Peru; Matt Percival, Executive Producer & Commissioning Editor, CNN Vision; Julia Cosgrove, Vice President & Editor in Chief, AFAR Media; Fern Allen, Ballymaloe House; Helen King, Director of Consumer Insight & Innovation, Bord Bia; Joe Healy, President, Irish Farmers Association; Jack Teeling, Founder and Managing Director, Teeling Whiskey Company; Stefan Griesbach, Managing Director, Gannet Fishmongers; Tarja Silvani, Finland and Executive Chef; Ciaran O’ Gaora, Managing Director, Zero-G, IRELAND; Niall Tracey, Director of Marketing, Failte Ireland; Eoghan O’ Mara Walsh, CEO, Irish Tourism Industry Confederation; Mark Henry, Central Marketing Director, Tourism Ireland;  Una FitzGibbon, Marketing Director, Bord Bia; Karen Hennessy, CEO, Design & Crafts Council of Ireland; Sinead Hennessy, Food Tourism, Failte Ireland; Carlos Fernandes, Founding Board Member, International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism, Portugal; Elaine Donohue, Programme Co-Ordinator, Galway, West of Ireland 2018 European Region of Gastronomy; John Crumlish, CEO Galway International Arts Festival; Jacinta Dalton, Head of Department of Culinary Arts & Services Industries, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology; Ronnie Counihan, General Manager, Renvyle House Hotel



Networking Drinks Reception and Cultural Experiences:

Brehon Brewhouse, Co Monaghan; Mr Jeffares Blackcurrants, Co Wexford; Teeling Whiskey Company, Dublin; Shortcross Gin, Co Down; Attyflin Estate, Co Limerick; Shannon College of Hotel Management – Irish Coffee Making Demo & Tasting



touRRoir Showcase Dinner Menu:

Fresh Oysters
Produced and Showcased by Achill Oysters, Co Clare

Smoked Irish Organic Salmon
Produced and Showcased by Connemara Smokehouse, Co Galway

Pan Fried Malbay Crab Claws in Garlic & Chilli Butter with homemade brown bread
Showcased by  The Kings Head Pub & Bistro, Galway

Signature Mussel Pie
Showcased by Renvyle House Hotel, Connemara

Pork Terrine, Chicken Liver Pâté with Smoked Bacon & Port, Pork Rillettes
Produced and showcased by On the Pigs Back, Cork

The Wild Atlantic Pudding
Produced and showcased by Kelly’s of Newport, Co Mayo

Selection of Goats & Irish Jersey Farmhouse Cream Cheese
Produced and showcased by Bluebell Falls Artisan Cheese, Co Cork

Irish Country Butter
Produced and showcased by Cuinneog, Co Mayo

Mozzarella, Straw Smoked Scamorza, Ricotta, Pecorino, Caciocavallo, Halloumi and other seasonal cheeses
Produced and showcased by Toons Bridge Dairy, Co Cork

Blue and Bán Farmhouse Goats Cheese
Produced and showcased by Boyne Valley Blue Goats Cheese, Co Meath

Farmhouse Cheese
Produced and showcased by Kylemore Farmhouse CheeseCo Galway

Traditional Irish Stew, Treacle & Walnut Bread
Showcased by Gleeson’s Restaurant & Rooms, Co Roscommon

Cold Pressed Hemp and Rapeseed Oils & Atlantic Sea Salt
Produced and showcased by Harnetts Oils, Co Down

Seaweed Digestive with Smoked Salmon Mousse, Pressed Local Chicken Terrine, Carrot Cake, Walnut Whip
Showcased by The Lemon Tree Restaurant, Co Donegal

Gluten Free Blondie and Brownie Cookie Shots, Selection of Gluten Free Craicers
Produced and showcased by The Foods of Athenry, Co Galway

Selection of Chutneys & Relishes
Produced and showcased by Crossogue Preserves, Co Tipperary

Hand Harvested Organic Seaweeds
Produced and showcased by Blath na Mara, Aran Islands, Co Galway

Wild Garlic Pesto and Raspberry Chilli Chutney
Produced and Showcased by Wild About, Co Wexford

Ardsallagh Goats Cheese, Pine Nut and Basil Parfait, Beetroot Dust, Golden Beetroot, Crouton, Red Onion Jam
Showcased by The Brook Inn, Co Cork

Hand Carved Old Fashioned Smoked Irish Ham On The Bone
Showcased by Country Choice, Co Tipperary

Poached Pear, Blue Cheese, Walnut Dressing, Rocket Salad, Chicken Liver Pate, Ginger Girl’s Cranberry Chutney, Sourdough Toast Raspberry Romanoff, Annie’s Rhubarb, Apple & Chocolate Crumble
Produced and Showcased by White Gables Restaurant, Café & Food Shop, Co Galway

Organic Connemara Mountain Lamb
Showcased by Delphi Lodge, Co Galway

Gluten Free Chocolate Brownies & Mini Meringues
Showcased by The Granville Hotel, Waterford

Selection of Farmhouse Yogurts
Produced and showcased by Killowen Farm, Co Wexford

Handmade Chocolate Tasting Squares
Produced and showcased by Wilde Irish Chocolates, Co Clare  

Rosewater Marshmallows & Ballymaloe Vanilla Fudge
Produced and Showcased by Ballymaloe House, Co Cork

Seasonal Fruit Gateau
Produced and Showcased by Maxwells Bistro, Galway

Guinness Braised Daube of Irish Beef with a Kelly’s  Oyster Raviolo, Spring Onion and Hazelnut Pesto, Mungo Murphy Crispy Sea Grass
Showcased by The Garden Room Restaurant at the Merrion Hotel, Dublin

Attyflin Estate Apple Pies
Produced and Showcased by Attyflin Estate, Co Limerick

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