Bank of Ireland partners with Blas na hÉireann for ‘Backyard at Blas’

(L-R) Michael Murphy, John Doyle, Artie Clifford and Frank Shaw; (Front row) Fallon Moore, Roisin Crotty, Pat Carroll

Ahead of the 10th annual Blas na hÉireann Irish Food Awards, Bank of Ireland and the Blas na hEireann committee have announced a partnership to create “Backyard at Blas”, a new innovative breakout space and networking venue.



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11 September 2017

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As the countdown to the 10th Blas na hEireann Irish Food Awards continues, Bank of Ireland and Blas na hEireann have announced an exciting partnership to create “Backyard at Blas”, a new breakout space and networking venue at the event, in Dingle, Co. Kerry.

The “Backyard at Blas” came about from the highly successful Bank of Ireland’s Food Series which takes place in Limerick each month, at the Bank’s Workbench & Community Branch. The initiative aims to educate, celebrate and promote all that’s good about local Irish food.

In addition to the Limerick event, there are also plans to hold similar eventsin Cork and Galway.

The Backyard at Blas initiative is part of the ever-expanding events and opportunities which are central to Blas na hEireann. The Backyard at Blas, in the heart of Dingle, will host a series of talks and networking events are scheduled on the Friday 29th September and Saturday 30th September.

Speakers will include well known chefs, buyers and industry experts offering valuable and insightful advice during interactive sessions with finalist producers.

Speaking on the partnership, Liam Sheedy, Director of Munster, Bank of Ireland said,

“Bank of Ireland is delighted to partner with Blas na hEireann to bring the Backyard at Blas to this year’s awards,” says Liam Sheedy, director of Bank of Ireland for Munster. “Bank of Ireland has always played an active role in supporting food, agri and hospitality businesses, and our partnership with Blas na hEireann will further strengthen that support.

“Bank of Ireland is very keen to support businesses with their ambitions and plan,” he says. “Initiatives like Backyard at Blas and our dedicated Innovation Team and Workbench Branches provide us with a platform to do so. We would encourage everyone to pop along on the day and use the space to make connections that can further your business potential.”

The awards, which take place at the end of this month in Dingle, Co. Kerry, are the largest blind-tasted food awards on the island. More than 2500 products were entered this year. The winners will be announced on Saturday 30th, September.

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