Foodie News and Events

1. Foodworks Programme 2017 

Food Works is run by three government agencies, Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland and Teagasc, who have worked together since 2012 to support innovative food businesses in Ireland. So far, Food Works has helped more than 60 Irish food entrepreneurs scale their businesses. The Programme is eager to build on that success.

Each of the three agencies involved with Food Works plays a specific role in taking Irish food to global markets.

If you have a food product that satisfies a genuine market need, please set up an introductory meeting with a member of the Food Works team to begin your application. Click here to get started! 

2. Food Businesses Apply here for a spot at the CoCo Markets, Peoples Park! 

The pilot initiative has an incubation period of 8 weeks for each food sector participant and it is an amazing opportunity for start up food producers/suppliers to develop their overall sales pitch of their products i.e. Marketing, Promotion, etc. 

Applications for this pilot initiative are currently open.

More information available here

3. Safefood Workshops

The workshops are FREE but places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. The workshops will take place in 11 locations across the island of Ireland.

These training workshops have been developed specifically for small and medium sized food businesses; providing practical advice on how to produce food safely. 

The training workshops will cover areas such as:

  1. Do bacteria have a free travel pass in your facility?
  2. Food Hygiene Essentials: A clean regime
  3. Disease-causing Bacteria: What you need to know
  4. The Weakest Link: Supply chain and traceability
  5. Food Allergens in a nutshell

To register please click on your preferred location.

  • Donegal | Tuesday 9 May, 5.00pm to 8.30pm | Harvey's Point Hotel
  • Westport | Wednesday 10 May, 5.00pm to 8.30pm | Wyatt Hotel
  • Athenry | Thursday 11 May, 5.00pm to 8.30pm | Raheen Woods Hotel
  • Skibbereen | Tuesday 30 May, 5.00pm to 8.30pm | West Cork Hotel
  • Cork City | Wednesday 31 May, 5.00pm to 8.30pm | safefood, Little Island
  • Navan | Tuesday 12 September, 5.00pm to 8.30pm | Newgrange Hotel
  • Cookstown | Wednesday 13 September, 10.00am to 4.00pm | Innovation Centre, CAFRE

These training workshops are part of the safefood Knowledge Network programme of activities to enable professionals within the agri-food sector to meet new and emerging food safety challenges.

4. PR Advice for Food Businesses - Breakfast Workshop 16th of May 

PR is a critical element of brand building for any food business.  This practical session will see three experts give their own personal advice and tips on how best you can attract the attention of the media for your business. 

We are delighted to be able to host this event at the unique setting of Rathfarnham Castle (due to the nature of this venue, the maximum number of participants for this event is restricted to 60)

 To Book

Dee Laffan

Dee Laffan is a freelance food writer and editor, currently writing for House and Home magazine, and Georgina Campbell's Ireland Guide. Her work also includes creating online content for food businesses and editing client magazines. Dee is a member of, and website editor for, the Irish Food Writers' Guild and is Chairperson of Slow Food Dublin. You'll find her regularly speaking at food festivals and events or judging on a variety of awards panels. Keep up-to-date on her restaurant recommendations on Instagram or food news on Twitter @deelaffan 


Darragh McCullough

Darragh McCullough started out his career as a fulltime farmer after finishing a degree in agricultural science in UCD. However, he quickly realised that it was easier to talk about farming than actually do it! Since then he has worked as a columnist, reporter, editor and presenter for the Irish Independent, the Farmers Journal, RTE radio and TV, and has just completed his 15th(!) season as a reporter on Ear to the Ground. He recently decided to concentrate on his farming business, which includes 100ac of outdoor flowers, along with 150ac of cereals, onions, garlic, Christmas trees and a stake in a 520 dairy herd. When he's not farming he likes to talk about farming, tractors and the price of hoggets. 


Claire Buckley

Claire Buckley is the Managing Director of Buck & Hound – a Dublin based consultancy that offers PR, social media and event management services. Over the last decade, Claire has successfully managed household names including Dr. Oetker, Ben & Jerrys, Onken, Propercorn, Hennessy, Peroni and Kelkin. More recently she has collaborated with Kettyle Irish Foods and Guinness as well as Mor Irish gin and Supervalu Food Academy to create innovative campaigns that drive authentic share of voice and measurable results. 


This event is being led by LEO South Dublin and will be hosted in Rathfarnham Castle.  


  • 07.30 – 08.00:  Registration, tea/coffee and networking
  • 08.00 – 08.15:  Opening and welcome  Colm Ward, Head of LEO South Dublin
  • 08.15 – 08.35:  Dee Laffan, freelance food writer and editor, The dos and don’ts when contacting an editor/journalist
  • 08.35 - 08.55:  Darragh McCullough, Print is Dead, TV is dying, social media is where it is at!
  • 08.55 -  09.15:  Claire Buckley, Managing Director Buck and Hound, Cutting through the noise - simple PR tactics that drive awareness
  • 09.15 – 09.30:  Q&A and Close