One of Ireland’s best-loved chefs, Kevin Dundon, will join 75 food producers from the Cork and Kerry region at this year’s Cork and Kerry Food Forum. The hugely successful food event is back and will run over two days featuring healthy cookery demonstrations, as well as one of the largest artisan food markets in Ireland, including local food academy producers. The free event will take place from 12 -5pm in Cork City Hall on Sunday 26 and Monday 27 of June 2016.
The Cork and Kerry Food Forum is supported by a partnership including the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) Cork and Kerry, Cork City Council, Cork County Council, Kerry County Council, SuperValu and Bord Bia.
The overarching theme of health will be the focus of the 2016 food forum with healthy cookery demonstrations from SuperValu ambassador, Kevin Dundon. A chef with a love of locally-sourced indigenous produce, Kevin Dundon will be in Cork on Monday 27 June and will cook a specially crafted healthy recipe using ingredients from Cork and Kerry producers.
“Now more than ever people are aware of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and the necessity to fuel our bodies with wholesome, fresh food. We are lucky in Ireland to have an abundance of incredible food producers, and none more so than in Cork and Kerry. I am delighted to announce the dates for the 2016 Food Forum, this is going to be a really exciting two-day event and we can’t wait to welcome everyone to City Hall to taste the incredible offerings of our local food producers. The Food Forum is a showcase of how to grow, cook, eat and enjoy food,” said Joe Burke, LEO South Cork.
“Last year we had more than five thousand people come through the doors of Cork City Hall for the food forum, this year we hope to double that. We have an excellent offering of food, fun and family entertainment – and it is free to attend!” he added.
The Cork and Kerry Food Forum will include food producers from the hugely successful SuperValu Food Academy Programme. The programme which is run in conjunction with Bord Bia and the Local Enterprise Office Network, works with and nurtures small businesses through their journey from start up to getting their products on supermarket shelves. The Food Academy currently supports more than 620 small food producers throughout Ireland.
“Small food businesses are a unique and essential aspect of the Irish economy and SuperValu has a reputation for supporting local producers throughout Ireland. We believe in giving our shoppers the best of Irish food and ingredients and through the food academy programme we have worked closely with producers to ensure they deliver a product that meets the needs of consumers today. The Cork and Kerry Food Forum showcases some of the best producers in the region and our Good Food Karma Ambassador, Kevin Dundon, will be on site cooking up a range of simple and easy to make dishes using some of the food academy produce and inspiring the crowds to make better, healthier choices,” said Kenneth O’Connor, Food Academy Project Manager, SuperValu.
The Cork & Kerry Food Forum will take place on Sunday 26 and Monday 27 June 2016 in City Hall, Cork from 12 until 5pm. For more information, see www.foodforum.ie