Love Irish Food Lunch - Ballymaloe to inspire local food producers

As part of the Harvest Festival in September the Local Enterprise Office in Waterford has organised a lunch on Friday September 12th in the dining room of Dooley's Hotel to celebrate the vast array of local food producers.

The key note speaker at the lunch will be Yasmin Hyde, founder of Ballymaloe Foods Ltd, including Ballymaloe Country Relish and daughter of Myrtle Allen.

This lunch is a celebration of food in Waterford and the South East. With the assistance of the Love Irish Food Initiative, diners will enjoy the best food Waterford and the South East has to offer.

In the 1930′s Ivan Allen started growing tomatoes on Ballymaloe farm. However he

found that when he tried to sell them at the local markets, people didn't know what they were! This left his wife, Myrtle with a glut of tomatoes in her kitchen so she decided to start making a country relish with them. This relish went on to become a very popular and much loved part of all family meals.

In 1990, Yasmin started producing Ballymaloe Country Relish in her kitchen for local shops and restaurants. She quickly out grew this small space and moved into purposely built kitchens in Little Island, Co. Cork, Ireland. Yasmin's daughter, Maxine travels to a lot of food fairs and events spreading the word about Ballymaloe. Maxine and her team are regulars at Bloom, The Ploughing Championships, TasteFest Cork,

A Taste of Dublin, A Taste of Donegal, The Electric Picnic and many more.

Lar Power, Director of Economic Development in Waterford commented on the importance of the event, "The Love Irish Food lunch has become a popular event during the Harvest Festival and we are delighted to have such a renowned person in the Irish Food Industry to speak this year. This industry is now a vital component in the revival of the Irish economy and Waterford is fortunate to have such a proliferation of quality food producers. The Love Irish Food lunch is important, to celebrate what we have, but also to inspire others to create the next generation of food businesses."

This lunch coincides with the launch of the first five food producers from National Food Academy. All five are from Waterford and are currently on the shelves of Supervalu stores in Waterford City, Tramore and Dungarvan.

Kieran Rumley, Executive Director of Love Irish Food, "We are delighted to again be asked to participate in this lunch, the food industry has always been very strong in the southeast and our membership from the area continues to grow".

Tickets (just €15) for this lunch can be purchased from the Local Enterprise offices in Waterford City and Dungarvan or from the reception at Dooley's Hotel.

This event has been fortunate enough to have been sold out well in advance for the past two years so early booking is advised.

The Local Enterprise Office offers support services for start-up and existing SME's in Waterford City and County. For more information on food production assistance please contact your Local Enterprise Office at 32 the Mall in Waterford City or the Civic Offices in Dungarvan. Alternatively you can email

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