Local Food to the fore at Waterford LEO Harvest Showcase

Food lovers gathered in their droves for the sixth annual ‘Love Local Food' luncheon hosted by the Local Enterprise Office Waterford during the Harvest Festival on Friday last, September 8th.

In keeping with the theme of the event the delicious local lunch spread was followed by an address from the keynote speaker Colin Jephson of Ardkeen Quality Food Store who told audience members that using local produce is a recipe for success.

Colin and his team at Ardkeen Quality Food Stores have been synonymous with locally grown and produced food for the last 50 years.

The organiser's at Waterford's Local Enterprise Office continue to host the event year after year at the Harvest Festival in order to offer a platform to local food producers as the kitchen team at Dooley's Hotel use all their talents to showcase the quality products and producers of the region on the luncheon menu.

Speaking at the event Richie Walsh Head of Enterprise, LEO Waterford said, "We are very proud to organise and host this event again. Year after year the local Food lunch becomes event bigger and better due to the ongoing range of local food and drink produce being made in Waterford. We are proud to continually mentor, help with the development of and work with many of Waterford's finest food and beverage products and we are delighted to showcase them here today."

Aside from the Love Local Food lunch the team at LEO Waterford also organised and hosted a ‘Meet the Makers’ showcase at Waterford’s Harvest Festival. This event saw six of Waterford’s newest food and drinks producers provided with a festival pitch where they were able to showcase and share their products with festivalgoers. The local producers included Frothing Fermet from Waterford City, Gourmet Irish Butter from Dunhill Legacy Irish Cider from Dungarvan, Raven Coffee also from Dungarvan, Clashganny organic Irish cider vinegar from Portlaw and healthy treats from Joe Gould of 6 Pack Snacks and also Food, the Waterford Way and the Waterford food trail.

The Local Enterprise Office offers support services for a range of start-up and existing SMEs in Waterford within the food and drinks sector and beyond. For further details visit the team at 35 The Mall or at the Civic Offices in Dungarvan; call 0761 10 2905 or email info@leo.waterfordcouncil.ie