Irish restauranteurs launch Real Food Festival

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The second annual Real Food Festival, organised by the Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI), will showcase food sourced from local suppliers.


Brand Central

19 November 2010

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Real Food FestivalIrish restauranteurs will have a chance to highlight their commitment to supporting local suppliers at this year’s ‘Real Food Festival,’ organised by the Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI).

The festival will provide restaurants across the country with a platform to showcase the best of product on offer from their local suppliers. RAI president Paul Cadden comments: “In the current climate it is more important than ever for our members to support the huge efforts put in by Irish food producers, therefore supporting Irish jobs. This is the second year of the Real Food Festival and we hope to build on the success of the last year’s event.”

The festival also encourages consumers to eat out, and visitors will also be in with the chance to win vouchers for dining out at participating restaurants.

The Irish Farmers Association (IFA) president John Bryan has welcomed the initiative.

“The Real Food Festival promotes the high standard of quality Irish produce, as our farmers are proud to provide consumers with food produced in an environmentally sustainable way, to the highest quality, safety and animal welfare standards, and with the best traceability in the world,” he said.

Aidan Cotter, chief executive, Bord Bia added “The ‘Real Food Festival’ complements our ongoing Just Ask campaign, which aims to promote traceability, food provenance and Quality Assurance. We urge consumers to look for this information when eating out and for the foodservice sector to provide increased transparency regarding the origin of food. We look forward to working with members of the RAI, in particular to recognise and promote chefs who are demonstrating best practice regarding menu information on the origin of food”.

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