Irish Food Awards Unveils New Networking Space

Bank of Ireland and Blas na hEireann are partnering to create “Backyard at Blas”, a new innovative breakout space and networking venue at the 10th Blas na hEireann Irish Food Awards

The Backyard at Blas platform came about from the Bank of Ireland’s Food Series, which takes place each month in the Bank’s Workbench & Community Branch in Limerick. The initiative aims to educate, celebrate and promote local Irish food. In addition to the Food Series being held in Limerick's start-up space, the events will also be rolled out in Cork and Galway's Workbenches.

The venue 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. 

Liam Sheedy, director of Munster, Bank of Ireland said, “Bank of Ireland are absolutely delighted to partner with Blas na hEireann to bring the Backyard at Blas to this year’s awards. 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. 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.”

Artie Clifford, awards chairperson said, “Blas are delighted to partner with Bank of Ireland to bring this exciting new venue where producers can meet fellow producers, gain knowledge and share their experiences."

The awards, which take place on the last weekend in September in Dingle, Co. Kerry, are the largest blind-tasted food awards on the island. More than 2,500 products were entered this year. The winners will be announced on Saturday 30th September.

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