BIM and Failte Ireland launch ‘Taste the Atlantic – a Seafood Journey’

A group pictured at the launch of the extension to the Taste the Atlantic – A seafood Journey, The Surf Coast, on  a tour of Wild Atlantic Shellfish’s Farm, in Sligo.

BIM and Fáilte Ireland this week launched ‘Taste the Atlantic – a Seafood Journey’, the ‘Surf Coast’ in the beautiful surroundings of Lissadell House, Co. Sligo. This dedicated seafood trail on the Wild Atlantic Way from Donegal town to Erris in County Mayo includes five new seafood producers and 14 seafood restaurants and joins the already successful ‘Bay coast’ route launched last year from Erris to Galway Bay with six producers and 28 restaurants.

‘Taste the Atlantic–a Seafood Journey’ aims to educate visitors and Irish consumers as to how our seafood is caught and farmed as BIM’s CEO Tara McCarthy explains; ‘The Wild Atlantic Way is the ideal platform to promote and celebrate the best of Irish seafood. BIM are particularly excited about this new route as it focuses on our less well known but exceptional fish and shellfish farmers who expertly cultivate premium oysters, abalone, mussels and Irish Organic Salmon. This trail is all about meeting the producer, understanding where the seafood is caught or farmed and recognising the contribution these producers deliver to our economy. With over 250 shellfish and fish farming businesses in operation valued at €150 million last year alone (an increase of 27% on the previous year), this trail is a snapshot of the many excellent producers we have dotted along our coast’

Included on the trail are restaurants that source their seafood from the following celebrated seafood producers including Wild Atlantic Shellfish, Yummy Oyster Company, Mungo Murphy’s, Blue Stack Oysters and Clarke’s Smokehouse.

John Mulcahy, Head of Food Tourism for Fáilte Ireland stressed the importance of initiatives like these in further developing the Wild Atlantic Way –

“The Wild Atlantic Way has quickly become a huge draw to international and domestic visitors alike, and a unique food experience is a big part of this. Taste the Atlantic provides a great opportunity to deepen visitor engagement and encourage those who travel along the route to slow down, dwell longer and immerse themselves in the local seafood traditions and practices of the west coast. As food tourism continues to grow in popularity, it is truly heart-warming to see local seafood placed at the centre of the visitor experience along this section of the Wild Atlantic Way”

From Irish Organic salmon smoked using traditional methods in Ballina to the unique sustainable farming of abalone in Galway to the skill required to cultivate premium oysters in Lissadell, Sligo; the trail gives visitors an insight into the dedication, craft and passion that goes into Irish Seafood.

Tara McCarthy emphasised the agency’s objective for Taste the Atlantic; ‘Our aim in BIM is to utilise this trail to build a greater appreciation and understanding with visitors and Irish consumers alike for the diversity and provenance of our seafood. This will result in restaurants along the Wild Atlantic Way championing locally sourced seafood on their menus and will in turn lead to an increase in domestic sales for our producers’

In addition to promoting the trail, BIM and Fáilte Ireland will be providing training to participating chefs and front of house staff including on-site trips to the local mussel and oyster farms to build and improve their knowledge of seafood and to advise the chefs in particular, how to plan a seafood menu within their allocated budget.

There are 11 seafood producers and 42 restaurants in total participating in ‘Taste the Atlantic – a Seafood Journey’. To learn more about the trail and the producers involved and download the brochure and map on www.wildatlanticway.com/stories/food/seafood-itinerary/

Galway Coffee Trail was a Blast!

GALWAY COFFEE TRAIL was a blast!

Galway’s first coffee trail proves a success, as it showcased the growing coffee culture in city through a blend of demos, presentations, tastings and talks. The brainchild of local photographer Julia Dunin took place over Saturday and Sunday in a range of local independent coffee venues.

Registration and ticket collection started in 56 Central on 9 am and, despite morning hours, over 80 people showed up.  As Galway Coffee Trail being self-guided tour, they were given a stamp card, map and schedule. Then they all made their way to selected venues, where demos and talks were taking place.

Gill Carroll’s dairy free coffee talk kicked off the weekend.  With almond, soya and coconut milk proving increasingly popular alternatives to regular milk, Gill explained health benefits and gave an edge to our cappuccinos, lattes and flat whites.

While it was raining on Saturday it was roasting in Mocha Beans as Italian expert Vincenzo Bellone shared his knowledge in a coffee roasting talk. Teasing the senses from the smooth texture, to the cracking sound, the colour morphing and finally the heavenly aroma spreaded all over the Latin Quarter. Meanwhile on Spanish Arch, Kitchen’s resident barista Tom Hayes, delivered a passionate presentation detailing the requirements for perfect espresso including type of coffee, equipment, optimum grind texture, strength of tamping and length of time, baristas of Galway consider yourselves warned, you are being timed!

A duo of brewing demos Syphon and Chemex were held in the arty surrounds of Coffeewerk + Press.  Displaying an almost scientific approach which gives the ability to control every variable in the brewing process and thus producing some of the most delectable coffee on the trail. It was fascinating to watch as Stephen and Jaesin, the master brewers, put their skills into action.

GCT attendees were welcomed to the Jungle Café with a quiz that separated the coffee amateurs from the coffee aficionados with a befitting prize up for grabs- pairs of tickets to attend the World Barista Championships in Dublin this June.

McCambridges hosted an event and testing in association with Ponaire.Company’s owner, Tommy Ryan was giving the insights into high-grade and fully traceable coffee they source in Sumatra. In 56 Central local artist, Saffron Lily showcased her talent producing unique paintings using coffee as her medium. Baking with coffee was the theme at Goya’s. Emer Murray explained how in Ireland while chocolate cake may be top tier of our treat choices, coffee cake is a humble treat that we associate with Mother’s home baking making it the more reliable less guilty midweek indulgence! Fresh samples were enjoyed after Emer detailed Goya’s method of creating the ultimate coffee cake.

When attendees made their way to West-end of the city, Monroes Tavern offered Irish coffee history, demo and tasting. The trailers were warmed up with choice of original, hazelnut or vanilla irish coffee. Further in the West-end, Urban Grind being a landmark on Galway’s coffee map offered a tasting of their fine espresso.

When participants made their way back to the Eyre Sq, Espresso Martinis were the order of the day in Hotel Meyrick’s Gaslight Bar & Brasserie. Accompanied by coffee cake, attendees learnt the history and process of making this elegant cocktail.

Day two saw the sun shine down on the trail. Having visited all ten venues attendee’s grins widened as they collected their goodie bags containing a generous selection of treats courtesy of the sponsors: Hazel Mountain Chocolates, Cava Bodega, Mocha Beans, The Kitchen and many vouchers and discounts from participating venues.

Having sold out with an attendance of almost 100 people and receiving glowing reviews “The best Valentine’s weekend event we ever attended”, “ Fab time @ the Galway Coffee Trail, and the excellent goodie bags, thank u & looking 4ward 2 next one “with a twist” , “Excellent event for people who don’t drink alcohol”  we hope to see a return of the trail.

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Ireland West Trade Centre

New platform to support West of Ireland companies targeting US market

With a population of over 300 million America is the largest developed market place in the world. The US has the largest and most technologically powerful economy, with a per capita GDP of $46,900. The ‘Ireland West International Trade Centre’ , which is located in Providence, Rhode Island, is now offering a soft landing platform for companies looking to explore new markets on the US east coast accessing New York and Boston.

Ireland West ITC will focus on providing support for the market entry or market enquiry by:

  • Providing professional support in sourcing clients, networks, distributors and sales.
  • Providing showcase, professional meeting & conference facilities for company products & services
  • Professional address for Irish businesses exploring new markets.

The Ireland West International Trade Centre provides a programme, structure and office space for you and your company to test new markets.

At this time, there are three programmes open to support you accessing the US market.

How To Apply

Download the Ireland West Trade Centre Leaflet here or download the Application Form here.

This project is being managed by the Local Authorities in the West of Ireland, The Western Development Commission and Ireland West Airport Knock.

A training programme commencing on March 9th will deal with ‘US Market Entry’, ‘Generating Leads’ and ‘Tax and Company law’. 

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More information from irelandwesttradecentre.com

Galway Coffee Trail unveiled

Fall in love with Galway’s finest coffee.

Having witnessed the steady growth of coffee culture in Ireland, yet a distinct lack of events dedicated to the industry in Galway, Julia Dunin decided it was time for Galway’s first self-guided tour of the finest local coffee establishments in the city.

Julia Dunin is a Galway-based photographer, coffee aficionado and founder of the innovative initiative christened the Galway Coffee Trail. (GCT)

Julia devised the trail in a manner that will give attendees an opportunity to share and experience what the passionate baristas, specialty coffee shops and roasters in Galway are doing and to learn more about the quality, technique and process of each stop on the trail.

The Coffee people in Galway are serious about what they do and their dedication will show at each participating venue.

Padraic Lynagh, owner of one of the venues on the trail, Urban Grind, compares brewing coffee to baking “It’s a science. Timing and precision are important as they are with pastry.”

Throughout the weekend a range of both informative and fun activities will be on offer in each venue, including; a quiz, tastings, brewing demos, roasting presentations, to name but a few!

Each venue is different, so you can make your trail an adventure by stopping at each one. Unlike a typical bar crawl, participants won’t have to drink consecutive cups of coffee in one sitting; instead attendees will have 2 days to try all the unique coffee experiences being offered on the tour. Do it in 1 day or 2, that is up to you.

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Purchasing a Galway Coffee Trail ticket will act as a punch card for access to each participating venue and activity they are hosting for the GCT. Each stop along the trail is no more than a 10 min walk from one another.  Upon registering each customer will be given a map showing all the participating venues and listing the times of the upcoming activities. As you visit each venue you get a stamp on your map.   Attendees that collect all ten stamps will be rewarded with a goody bag full of treats from our generous sponsors.

So throw away the Maxwell House, come along and discover Galway’s emerging coffee culture whilst falling in love with the finest coffee on offer!

The first Trail will take place on 13th and 14th of February – singles and couples are more than welcome.  Tickets are available online through Eventbrite at a very affordable price of €10 single, €15 per couple.  Purchasing on the day €15 single €20 per couple.   Registration will take place between 9 and 12 on Saturday morning.

More via Galway Coffee Trail on Facebook or for tickets visit their Eventbrite page.

Top Business Leaders Guide Ireland’s Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

The Radisson Hotel, Ballincar, Rosses Point, Sligo
26-27 November 2015

About The Exchange

The Exchange aims to facilitate the exchange of knowledge, experience and learning between small and medium-sized enterprises and Ireland most experienced Entrepreneurs. The event is an opportunity for businesses, ready to take the next step, to gain invaluable advice from some of the biggest names in business, who will share their knowledge and experience of developing a business on a global stage. Meet The Entrepreneurs 

The programme provides entrepreneurs like you the opportunity to have formal one-to-one sessions with these successful business leaders as well as numerous informal networking opportunities.

Are you: an established business that is seeking to scale?

Join us on November 26th and 27th to become part of The Exchange. Apply Now

This full day experience includes one to one mentoring, group breakout sessions, leadership advice, and networking opportunities.

If you are facing challenges in growing your business, don’t miss this unique opportunity to benefit from the insights and experiences of successful entrepreneurs in an inspirational, high energy and supportive environment. Fergal Broder CEO, LotusWorks

Get focused on growing your business; its events like these that will give emerging entrepreneurs the competitive edge. There has never been a greater need for the Entrepreneur in Ireland. George Mullan CEO, SIS Group

http://www.theentrepreneurexchange.ie/top-business-leaders-mentor-24-ambitious-companies-register-today-entrepreneur-exchange/

 

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Top Business Leaders Guide Ireland’s Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

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About The Exchange

The Exchange aims to facilitate the exchange of knowledge, experience and learning between small and medium-sized enterprises and Ireland most experienced Entrepreneurs. The event is an opportunity for businesses, ready to take the next step, to gain invaluable advice from some of the biggest names in business, who will share their knowledge and experience of developing a business on a global stage. Meet The Entrepreneurs 

The programme provides entrepreneurs like you the opportunity to have formal one-to-one sessions with these successful business leaders as well as numerous informal networking opportunities.

Are you: an established business that is seeking to scale?

Join us on November 26th and 27th to become part of The Exchange. Apply Now

This full day experience includes one to one mentoring, group breakout sessions, leadership advice, and networking opportunities.

If you are facing challenges in growing your business, don’t miss this unique opportunity to benefit from the insights and experiences of successful entrepreneurs in an inspirational, high energy and supportive environment. Fergal Broder CEO, LotusWorks

Get focused on growing your business; its events like these that will give emerging entrepreneurs the competitive edge. There has never been a greater need for the Entrepreneur in Ireland. George Mullan CEO, SIS Group

Venue: The Radisson Hotel, Ballincar, Rosses Point, Sligo
Date: 26-27 November 2015

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Strandhill People’s Market announce new dates for Christmas season

‘Tis the season to start planning Christmas shopping and in Sligo there’s a real appetite to support local this year.”

Now in its second year, organisers of Strandhill People’s Market are delighted to announce a series of Christmas market dates with extended shopping days and a brand new night market planned for this December. With artisan craft, independent food stalls, choirs and carol-singers, and a surprise visit by the main man himself Santa Claus, this winter’s Strandhill People’s Market will be the destination shopping experience for all visiting the Northwest this December.  

Strandhill People’s Market started on the beachfront in May 2014; a humble beginning with just 16 local stalls on a Sunday afternoon, the market has since flourished into a weekly event throughout the year, which takes place in the unique venue of Hangar 1 at Sligo Airport in Strandhill, just a few short few minutes stroll from the beachfront. 

Now a highlight on any trip to Sligo, the market boasts between forty to fifty stalls each week with a multitude of food stalls providing fresh baked goods, cheeses, meats, vegetarian and asian cuisine, as well as craft, design and surf stalls with unique gift ideas for all. 

For this Christmas season, the market will expand in to a second hangar at Sligo Airport, providing even more choice for the Christmas shopper. Growing on last year’s Christmas markets, founder Allan Mulrooney confirms there will be a hive of festive activity throughout the month with a programme of festive entertainment lined up throughout December:

“We are really excited about our Christmas season this year. We have taken on a second Hangar at Sligo airport meaning we can cater for even more local talent, crafts people and food producers, and offer our customers a wider variety to choose from for Christmas shopping. Our nightmarkets each Friday in December will be an opportunity for family and friends to meet, enjoy a mulled wine and a mince pie, all while supporting local traders. We have some incredible live music lined up with local choirs, Christmas carols and some of Sligo’s finest musicians to ensure the atmosphere is unrivalled.

Trading hours for the night markets each Friday during December are from 6pm-10pm with normal trading hours on Sundays from 11am to 4pm. 

Christmas Dates for Strandhill People’s Market this December include: 

  • Friday 4th December (6pm-10pm)
  • Sunday 6th December(11am-4pm) 
  • Friday 11th December(6pm-10pm) 
  • Sunday 13th December (11am-4pm)
  • Friday 18th December (6pm-10pm)
  • Sunday 20th December (11am-4pm)

Stall places are still available to book – for further information on Strandhill People’s Market and the upcoming Christmas Market dates visit www.strandhillpeoplesmarket.ie and follow online @StrandhillSPM or facebook.com/strandhillmarket