Food for thought: We can be No. 1

    Always a market for good food

    COUNTY Kilkenny has again been shortlisted as one of Ireland’s Top 10 Foodie Destinations.

    The initiative run by the Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) was launched in June.

    We are now vying for the country’s top foodie spot with nine other locations.

    Kilkenny is known nationwide for its vibrant food and hospitality offering, from food festivals, to a weekly farmers’ market and county-wide food trails, cookery schools and the special dining experiences offered by many fine eateries that regularly receive critical acclaim and national attention.

    The application process was a collaborative and hands-on approach by Taste Kilkenny, Kilkenny Tourism, Kilkenny Local Enterprise Office with the support of Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce, restaurants, cookery schools and festival committees of the county.

    Next stage will see judges visit the county and online public voting will also have a role.

    Kilkenny goes into battle with County Armagh, The Boyne Valley, County Cavan, County Derry, Galway Gastronomy, County Kinsale, Mid & East Antrim Borough, Monaghan and Glaslough, and County Sligo.

    Spearheading participation is Kilkenny Tourism that will showcase our vast array of local food producers, brewers and distillers along with regular foodie-themed events such as Savour Kilkenny and the Kilkenny Food Trail.

    Naoise Nunn, chair Kilkenny Tourism told The Reporter: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the 2018 Foodie Destination of the Year. The rich, diverse and quality food offering that Kilkenny has to offer, from artisan food producers to one of Ireland’s best known and biggest food festivals is unsurpassed.

    “We will be encouraging the people of Kilkenny to participate in the public voting which opens today, Wednesday. 

    We are very proud of what the food scene in Kilkenny has to offer and remain heavily committed to further investing in and promoting this.”

    Online voting also begins today, followed by the judges’ visits. The overall winner will be announced in August.

    “Kilkenny Tourism is urging our people to participate in the nationwide online public vote which runs up to August 20.”