On Wednesday 14th October, a free food innovation conference in County Leitrim will bring food providers and buyers together with experts, to develop counties Cavan, Longford, Roscommon and Leitrim as a healthy and creative food region while supporting local enterprise diversity and innovation. No small mission, but a valuable one. The event programme includes a spotlight on distribution, learning from others and it focuses on financing innovation (always an important topic as there are funding opportunities you could be availing of!).
Supported by Nourish EU, a European project which stimulates the development of food regions, the Upper Shannon Erne Future Economy Project, the Local Enterprise Offices of the region and Aurivo, the leading food co-operative embarking on innovative healthy food initiatives; this is a networking and showcase event delivering advice and expertise, but also highlighting real life case studies and providing practical solutions to the problems commonly encountered by small to medium rural enterprise.
Attendees can look forward to exploring creative ways to produce, market and distribute healthy food, while meeting like-minded entrepreneurs and buyers, and of course, sampling some of the innovative and healthy foods on offer in the region. Fergal McPartland is Manager of the Food Hub in Drumshanbo, explains that their involvement with the Healthy Food event “stems from being a partner in the Nourish EU project which aims to create and develop a Healthy & Creative Food Region in our region and to encourage SME’s to innovate & develop ‘healthier food’ options for consumers.”
Joe Lowe of Leitrim Local Enterprise Office verifies “We hope to assist companies to grow and to create new job & training opportunities in the process… We feel that there is a positive future for food in this region with a focus on the healthy and the innovative artisan. We also see significant potential for food tourism.”
The end of programme reception sees the launch of Nourish EU’s ‘Irish Healthy Food Partnership Toolkit’, an Erasmus + initiative by the Chief Executive of Leitrim County Council, Frank Curran.
Food businesses, buyers and food service businesses couldn’t ask for a more pleasant location to spend a thoroughly educational and inspiring day – Drumshanbo. There’s no fee payable to attend the event – Please register your attendance on: www.nourisheu.com/booking to secure your place.
• When: Wednesday 14th October 2015, 10:00 a.m. to 5.30p.m.
• Where: Lough Allen Hotel, Drumshanbo, County Leitrim.
• GPS: 54.052082 -8.04534