The Food Coast - Donegal's Good Food Initative

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What is The Food Coast Initiative?

The Food Coast – Donegal’s Good Food Initiative was developed by Local Enterprise Office Donegal as a programme to support development, growth and quality in Donegal’s food sector

This initiative acts as a central platform for establishing Donegal as a “Food County” – a place with a vibrant food culture and food economy. This will provide food businesses in Donegal with the opportunity to connect with fellow businesses while engaging the support services of the Local Enterprise Office Donegal.

The Food Coast programme is open to anyone with an interest in the county’s food sector – from start-up businesses to established primary producers, farmers, manufacturers, distributors, retailers and restaurateurs.

The Donegal Food Strategy which is presented under the banner of The Food Coast initiative has identified core actions needed to develop and sustain the Donegal Food Sector. They can be grouped under the key headings below:

New Food Businesses:

Aim to encourage and facilitate the establishment of new food opportunities in County Donegal, in particular the production of distinctive quality produce, products and added-value food manufacturing businesses, which will add to the food culture of the county.

Existing Food Businesses:

Aim to increase the capability of existing food enterprises and food promoters within Donegal so that they can become more competitive and sustainable, with the potential of developing new market opportunities.

Local Sourcing:

Aim to maximise the amount of quality local produce and products being used by the food sector in Donegal by added-value manufacturers, food service and hospitality businesses and food providers. 

Food Awareness:

Aim to create awareness within Donegal and nationally of the range of quality food producers and providers in the county and the role they play for the local economy, while developing awareness of Donegal as a destination for an exceptional food experience.

Food Businesses can engage with the Food Coast initiative in a number of ways...

The Food Coast Network

This network open to food businesses based in the county and creates the opportunity to connect with fellow food businesses, share information, gain insight and work collectively to develop the food sector in  Donegal. The Local Enterprise Office Donegal host events and activities each which are available to network members. If you'd like to join the network contact our office at 074-9160735

The Food Coast Brand – Show your Support for Donegal Food:

We are inviting Donegal Businesses to apply to use the The Food Coast branding as a way of illustrating to your consumers that you are either a Donegal based producer or are a business that is sourcing and championing produce from Donegal Producers.

The Food Coast Experiences: 

Food businesses in the county are invited annually to create events which have Donegal Food at their core, offering visitors and locals a unique of Donegal food and the producers. 

2017 saw the launch of the first ever calendar of events hosted by Donegal Food Businesses, which were gathered together into a calendar of events under the banner of The Food Coast Experiences. If you'd like to find out more or are interested in hosting an event in 2018, contact Eve - Anne at eveanne.mccarron@leo.donegalcoco.ie

Find out what's on in 2017 here -  2017 Food Coast Experiences

 

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