Wexford Food Fair draws record crowds
Almost 2,000 people visited the one day Wexford Food Fair, which aims to encourage consumers to buy local produce and help support and protect jobs
18 June 2010
Wexford Food Fair hosted record crowds with almost 2,000 people visiting the one day food experience in Whites Hotel on 19 May. The annual fair, now in its second year, brought together growers, producers, restaurateurs and celebrity chefs to celebrate the diversity, quality and wholesomeness of food produced in Wexford. The aim of the fair was to encourage consumers to buy local produce and help support and protect jobs. Over 25 local food and drink producers encouraged visitors to sample food and gave advice on preparing and using foods in recipes.
According to Madeleine Quirke, CEO, Wexford Chamber: “The 2010 Wexford Food Fair built on last year’s momentum to deliver a hugely successful day celebrating Wexford’s culinary delights. Food plays an important role in our health and well-being. Knowing where our food comes from and how it is made is equally important. Food fairs provide an opportunity for people to learn more about food and brings together producers and consumers”. Over 450 people attended evening cookery demonstrations with popular chefs Neven Maguire and local favourite Phelim Byrne. Both chefs prepared a selection of signature dishes using seasonal local produce.
During the fair a number of food producers were in discussions with local grocery retailers to secure distribution for their products. Local food producers all over Ireland face intense competition from cheaper imported foods and own label supermarket brands. Keep up to date with food news in Wexford for more see www.wexfordfoodfair.ie