Leading chefs reveal the secrets behind ther mouth-watering treats during the upcoming Enterprise Week being held in Derry.

Food tourism is big business these days, and when it comes to good food and premier produce, Derry is rapidly establishing itself as an exciting food destination - making it a hot topic at Enterprise Week.

Leading chefs and industry experts including Georgina Campbell and James McIntosh will be giving their insights into unlocking the potential of local food tourism at a special day of events dedicated to the industry, supported by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board through its Industry Development Programme. 

The programme is just one strand of a packed five day schedule of business focused events spanning a range of industries organised by Derry City Council’s Business Opportunities team, delivered with support from Invest Northern Ireland through the European Regional Development Fund.

Speakers will serve up a menu of foodie themed business advice touching on new innovations such as slow food, current trends in the global food market, and the secrets of high end hospitality.

Speaking ahead of the event, Tourism Officer with Derry City Council and event organiser, Mary Blake said: “I am delighted to be able to dedicate a full day of events during Enterprise Week to Food Tourism. The recent success of events such as the Legenderry Food Festival and Flavours of the Foyle are an indicator of the huge appetite for local produce, and the growing interest in food provenance.

“We will have a fantastic line up of food professionals and producers on hand to reveal the secrets of their success, and highlight some of the latest advances in the food industry. Derry City Council is committed to supporting both producers and the local hospitality industry in further establishing the region’s reputation for quality, skill and innovation when it comes to food.”

The impressive line up of culinary talent on the day includes Donegal’s best known chef Brian McDermott – the No Salt Chef - who will talk about product diversification and his own path to success in the TV and broadcast industry.

A well known champion of homegrown produce Brian said: “I’m delighted that the Food Industry has been prioritised at this year’s Enterprise Week, we have so many dedicated local producers and talented chefs all doing their bit to promote food tourism in the North West.

“As a chef I’m committed to driving home the message that when it comes to quality cuisine, we’ve already made our mark on the map, and with continued support for the industry we have the potential to become one of the best food destinations in the world.”

Award winning chef and TV presenter James McIntosh (pictured above), who has been blazing a trail across the world – from Armagh to China – will be taking a look at opportunities for exceptional food quality in the global market place.

 Last year James launched his own food brand in China and Hong Kong called Honest Food, bringing the taste of home to a global audience.

Founder of the longest running hospitality awards in Ireland and President of the Irish Food Writers Guild – Georgina Campbell will be giving her stamp of approval to Enterprise Week. The much coveted Georgina Campbell award is one of the highest achievements in the hospitality industry, and she will be lending her insight into achieving success in a highly competitive hospitality market.

They will be joined throughout the day by a range of local producers including the talents behind Dart Mountain Cheese, Flossie’s Fudge and the Walled City Brewery, who will talk about their own approaches to product development. And a number of tourism industry professionals, including Michelle Shirlow, CEO of Food NI and Elaine Groves, Naturally NI officer with NITB will share their insights into the current local market.

Dr Feargal Tuffy from the North West Regional College will also be on hand to highlight the range of support on offer for anyone hoping for a career in the food industry, and Celia Spouncer, Head of the Slow Food Movement in Northern Ireland will be there to reveal more about the global movement and its impact on the industry.

The Food Tourism Day will take place on Monday February 23, in the main hall in the Guildhall starting at 9am.This is just one of the highlights in a packed programme of events spanning five days from February 23-27, focusing on Investment Opportunities, Tourism, Craft, Growing the Digital Economy and a whole host of new and exciting business innovations and strategies.

Anyone interested in taking part in the Food Tourism event must register in advance, and places are limited so early registration is advised. To find out how you can take part, for more information on the programme and to register for individual workshops go towww.derrycity.gov.uk/BusinessOpportunities/EnterpriseWeek.

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