Tipperary Food Producers Network as the name suggests is a network of food sector Businesses within Tipperary, the membership of which is varied featuring from strong iconic brands along-side the niche and exclusive. Represented are producers of meat, cheese, bakery, confectionary, fresh produce and beverages, the common ground is quality, excellence and a passion for producing the very best products coming out of Tipperary.
Next Monday’s nationwide program July 15thare featuring these artisan food producers who recently staged their now esteemed Long Table Dinner in Brussels, the home of the European Union.
In the lead up to the dinner, RTE followed the preparation for the event here in Tipperary and Nationwide’s Ann Cassin travels with the producers to Brussels and covers the entire event including the launch of www.tipperaryfoodproducers.com – a new state of the art website designed by students of LIT Tipperary and the Long Table Dinner itself which was hosted by Phil Prendergast and attended by our recently appointed Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries – Tom Hayes.
This 7th Long Table Dinner celebrated the fantastic quality of natural food been produced here in Tipperary. It provided an opportunity for all Tipperary Food Producers who wish to export to connect with international buyers and showcase their products. The Long Table Dinner was prepared and cooked in Brussels by two of the network members, Barbara Russell of Russell Catering and Sarah Baker of Cloughjordan House.
Speaking at the event Pat Whelan (Chairman) of the Tipperary Food Producers Network said “The Tipperary Food Producers are an ambitious group of artisan businesses and with the fantastic support of our local Co. Councils, Enterprise Boards & Development Companies are making great inroads in developing Tipperary as iconic food destination”
The Tipperary Food Producers Network has an impressive 2020 Food Strategy which they are committed to implementing over the next number of years, according to Mr. Whelan “food is our most natural of resources for which we have worldwide recognition, and we the Tipperary Food Producers are determined to build on this reputation and reap the benefit not just for producers of Food but for the County as a whole”.
We hope you enjoyed reading this post by Pat Whelan of James Whelan Butchers. Pat is a 5th generation butcher, cook book author and the director of James Whelan Butchers with shops in Clonmel, the Avoca Handweavers Rathcoole and Kilmacanogue, Dunnes Stores Cornelscourt, Rathmines and Swords in Dublin. Sign up to our newsletter for more updates from James Whelan Butchers