This initiative developed following participation by local food and drink producers in the Food Academy Start, a new training programme aimed at supporting and nurturing start up food businesses. Bord Bia, SuperValu and the Local Enterprise Offices have joined forces on this initiative to provide a consistent level of food marketing knowledge to new and early-stage food business owners.

The programme is designed to guide companies from start-up to their first retail listing. It was delivered through workshop style training, and supported by SuperValu in the context of retail expertise and providing a route to market.

As a result of this programme a number of the participants came together under the umbrella #tastekilkenny and exhibited in the Local Enterprise Village at the Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska, Co Laois in September 2015. Participants in Taste Kilkenny include some well-established artisan food and drink producers Goatsbridge Trout Farm, The Little Mill Company and Highbank Orchards but also included relative newcomers Mooncoin Home Preserves, Bernie’s Farmhouse Desserts, Made in Heaven, and Costello’s Brewing Company and in 2016 more new members joined: Joan & Bobs Juicy Jams, Cake Face Pastry, Kilkenny Free Range, Hardy Food and Granny Marie's Bakehouse 

Taste Kilkenny at ploughing

#tastekilkenny have also participated in this years National Ploughing Championships at Screggan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly  and have already attended food events including Savour Kilkenny, BITE; and running up to the Christmas period they will also be participating at the National Crafts & Design Fair and the new Kilkenny festival in December 2016, YuleFest. There is now a dedicated website for the group and interested Kilkenny based small food and drinks producers can find out more by filling out the expression of interest form. www.tastekilkenny.ie

Watch some short interviews on some of the #tastekilkenny members and their products