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#tastekilkenny tour promotes County Kilkenny’s fantastic food and drink offering

Kilkenny County Council’s Local Enterprise Office have launched the #tastekilkenny tour in partnership with KCLR96fm which aims to promote all things food and drink over the coming months in County Kilkenny.

The tour involves a series of outside broadcasts with KCLR96fm which will feature stories from local food and drink producers and hospitality establishments such as pubs, restaurants, hotels and coffee shops.  The Tour will visit Kilkenny City, Gowran, Thomastown, Ballyhale and Castlecomer over 5 dates during September & October and local businesses can get involved by contacting the Local Enterprise Office.

Welcoming the project, Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council, Cllr. Andrew McGuinness said “County Kilkenny, voted Food Destination of Ireland in 2018, is steeped in rich history and is world renowned for its beauty, sport, craft & design, medieval tales and it’s food!   Farming and agriculture plays a huge role in the story of Kilkenny resulting in award winning produce, award winning Michelen Star restaurants and a food destination not to be bypassed. This passion for food is evident across the entire County with each town bustling with top food producers, brewery’s & distilleries”. The Cathaoirleach continued to say  “we have a unique food and drink heritage and the idea of the #tastekilkenny tour in conjunction with KCLR96fm is to encourage our communities to support our local food and drink businesses”.

Speaking about the benefits of the project, Deirdre Dunne, Enterprise Executive with the Local Enterprise Office said “this project builds on our #shopkilkenny initiative and this time we will be targeting local food/drink producers and those in the hospitality industry. This includes local coffee shops , food establishments , pubs of all types, food and drink manufacturing companies. As part of the tour businesses will have the chance to promote their business and tell everyone their story”.   She continued to say “with 80,000 weekly adult listeners on air and even more online with a 70,000 strong local social media following, KCLR96fm provides the ideal platform to promote the message for Kilkenny City & County which is ‘Taste Local, Keep it in the County’ and support local employment”.

Speaking about supporting the Food & Drink sector in County Kilkenny, Fiona Deegan, Head of Enterprise with Kilkenny County Council’s Local Enterprise Office said “following the launch of the Kilkenny Food Strategy in conjunction with Kilkenny Leader Partnership in 2019, we will continue to support the Food & Drink sector in a variety of ways during 2020 and build the foundations to promote the sector in a co-ordinated way going forward”.