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April 17, 2018

Good Food Ireland honours international guests to the distinguished touRRoir 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees

CNN Documentary Series “Culinary Journeys”

Peruvian Chef and champion of Peruvian Cuisine Gastón Acurio of Lima restaurant “Gastón y Astrid”

AFAR Media USA

Tourism Australia’s “Restaurant Australia” Food Tourism Collaborative Campaign

and Ireland’s acclaimed Myrtle Allen of Ballymaloe

Dublin, April 17th  2018

CNN “Culinary Journeys”, Peruvian Chef Gastón Acurio, AFAR Media USA, Tourism Australia and Ballymaloe’s Myrtle Allen have been announced as Good Food Ireland’s touRRoir 2018 distinguished Hall of Fame Inductees.

On April 23rd Inductees will be honoured at a Chef’s Collaborative Gala Dinner in the exclusive Aula Maxima of NUI Galway. The following VIP’s will be attending the ceremony to accept the awards on behalf of the inductees: Matt Percival, Executive Producer & Commissioning Editor CNN Vision: for CNN Documentary Series “Culinary Journeys”. Her Excellency Ms Carmen McEvoy Ambassador of Peru for Peruvian Chef Gastón Acurio, Julia Cosgrove VP, Editor in Chief AFAR Media for AFAR Media USA, John Hart Executive Director, Restaurant & Catering Australia: for Tourism Australia’s “Restaurant Australia” and the Allen Family for Ballymaloe’s Myrtle Allen. Other guests include H.E. Kevin Vickers, Canadian Ambassador and H.E. Jaana Tackenberg Ambassador of Finland as well as key dignitaries and business leaders.

Irish Chefs Tim O’ Sullivan, Renvyle House, Connemara along with Galway City’s Michelin Star Restaurant, Aniar’s Killian Crowley will join International Chefs Fia Gulliksson, Sweden and Tarja Silvani, Finland and collectively they will craft a delectable menu inspired by the West of Ireland’s land and seascapes using local produce to honour Galway and the West of Ireland as it celebrates 2018 as the European Region of Gastronomy.

The touRRoir Hall of Fame honours is a worldwide accolade of distinction selected by a global judging panel. It celebrates  the extraordinary achievements of individuals, teams or destinations from anywhere in the world who’s vision, creativity and drive has had a positive and significant impact on the cross sector development of food, tourism and culture for the long term benefit of all stakeholders including communities and consumers. The Hall of Fame distinction also takes into consideration the confluence of these three sectors and how collectively they have effected change to drive business or where both Soft Power and Gastro-diplomacy initiatives have raised profile or changed image positively.

In previous years, inductees to the Hall of Fame included, Rene Redzepi, NOMA, Denmark; The Catalan Tourist Board, Spain and the South Korean film maker Lee-Wook Jung.

The selection of the touRRoir 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees has fallen to a global judging panel which includes Colman Andrews, US Food Writer and Author, Anita Mendiratta, Consultant to UNWTO, Tim Alper, Journalist, South Korea and Peter Rigby, Destination Consultant, Australia.

Good Food Ireland Founder and MD Margaret Jeffares, commented, “It is a great honour to induct to the touRRoir 2018 Hall of Fame such extraordinary individuals and teams from around the world including for Ireland the highly respected Myrtle Allen who have all made a significant impact on the cross sector development of food, tourism and culture. Having these distinguished guests at touRRoir to share their story is a great opportunity for industry and policymakers to learn at the highest level. It’s also poignant to host such a distinguished event here in NUI Galway as Galway celebrates European Region of Gastronomy.”

On April 24th a full one day forum programme will bring together world experts, thought leaders and change agents for a unique cross sector dialogue on growing businesses, regions or communities through the increasingly important cross sector dependency of three giant sectors Food, Tourism and Culture. A key feature of the day will be a Fireside Chat with Ambassador Carmen McEvoy, Peru on how Peru became the World’s Leading Culinary Destination as selected by The World Travel Awards. Peru’s gastronomic rise to the top over the past 15 years has become a source of national pride and a motor of the economy, as rising numbers of tourists travel to sample its original and varied cuisine.


touRRoir Hall Of Fame 2018

Inductees

Media Category: Documentaries, Blogs, Publications online or otherwise

AFAR Media USA www.afar.com

AFAR is the multi-platform travel media brand that inspires and guides those who travel the world to connect with its people, experience their cultures, and understand their perspectives. Its platforms include the award-winning AFAR magazine; AFAR.com, recently named a Top 10 site That Makes Travel Easier; the non profit foundation Learning AFAR; and immersive travel series AFAR Experiences.



CNN Documentary Series “Culinary Journeys”
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Culinary Journeys is a sumptuous and colourful series that gives CNN viewers a fresh perspective on global cuisines. Seen through the eyes of world-famous chefs, the series focuses on key destinations and their unique brand of mouth-watering hospitality. Insightful, inspiring and entertaining – Culinary Journeys provides a unique take on the food and culture that can define a travel hot-spot. CNN’s filming is often timed to coincide with celebrated food festivals and the harvest of coveted seasonal ingredients – immersing audiences in the flavours that entice travellers to venture thousands of miles to satisfy their taste buds. Featured guides throughout the series, have been some of the world’s most respected chefs and visionaries: from René Redzepi of NOMA fame, to chef and author Alice Waters, Peruvian chef Virgilio Martinez, Italian culinary maestro Massimo Bottura, Mexican chef Enrique Olvera and Asia’s #1 chef Gaggan Anand – to name but a few.


Private Category: Individuals or NGO’s in a business, or a destination, a single town or even a neighbourhood

Peruvian Chef and Peruvan Food “Champion” Gastón Acurio of Lima restaurant “Gastón y Astrid” astridygaston.com

Gastón Acurio is a chef, writer, entrepreneur, and champion of Peruvian cuisine. Present in 9 countries worldwide with 12 brands across more than 45 restaurants, 20 publications in his portfolio, and a weekly cable TV show, he has received worldwide acclaim for starting a gastronomical revolution in Peru. This goal is at the forefront of all of his concepts, projects, and community organizations.


 

Ballymaloe’s Myrtle Allen

COOKING in Ireland didn’t begin with Myrtle Allen but when it comes to evaluating the very best of modern Irish cuisine, it is near impossible not to credit the pioneering spirit of this East Cork farmer’s wife who transformed herself into a Michelin star chef. Myrtle Allen at Ballymaloe House, which she purchased with her husband Ivan in 1948, and turned into a restaurant in 1964, adopted the then-revolutionary approach of using local, seasonal produce. Her culinary philosophy, based on using the best of local, seasonal, Irish produce, grown and harvested in a sustainable way, is now so accepted by the mainstream, that it’s difficult to convey the revolutionary impact of her approach when she first opened a restaurant at Ballymaloe.


Public Category: Government Agencies who have responsibility for a destination – county, state, region community

Restaurant Australia
www.australia.com/en-gb/campaigns/restaurant-australia.html

In response to the growing demand globally for food and wine as part of the travel experience, Tourism Australia’s “Restaurant Australia” industry collaborative program and in particular the Destination There’s Nothing Like Australia campaign put the spotlight on Australia’s finest array of produce served in the most stunning locations in the world.


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March 5, 2018

Delighted to see touRRoir featured in The Farmer’s Journal! 

Food and culture will be the order of the day in Galway, while young chefs in Cork are putting together some menus with a difference, writes Ciara Leahy. Food, culture and tourism will be all everyone is talking about in Galway as touRRoir comes to town from 23 to 24 April.

Read the full article here >>

 


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March 5, 2018

Good Food Ireland Event touRRoir Featured in The Irish Times

Delighted to see touRRoir featured in The Irish Times Newspaper and Digital recently:

Food, tourism and culture are to be celebrated in Galway in late April when Good Food Ireland marks the city’s European region of gastronomy designation.

International chefs and key players in all three sectors are due to participate in the second biennial “touRRoir 18” global forum which is to be held at NUI Galway (NUIG) from April 23rd to 24th.

Read the full article here >>

 


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March 3, 2018

Lovely to see our very own Margaret Jeffares featured in the Clare Echo for touRRoir.

Clare woman brings global food forum to the West
Clare native and Good Food Ireland Founder Margaret Jeffares is about to bring a global Food Tourism forum to the West. 

Clare based members of Good Food Ireland including Burren Smokehouse, Doolin Chocolate House, and Linalla Pure Irish Ice-Cream will have the opportunity to be part of this major global forum.

It’s also a significant opportunity for similar businesses and organizations across Clare to get involved in this highly emotive forum alongside international ground breaking leaders in food, tourism and cultural sectors, which aims to strengthen ties between the increasingly cross dependent sectors.

Read the full article here >>


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March 3, 2018

Delighted for the shout out to Cork based Food, Tourism, Farming and Cultural Businesses to attend touRRoir18 from BusinessCork.ie

Calling all Cork based Food, Tourism, Farming and Cultural Businesses to attend touRRoir18, a cross sector global forum on Food, Tourism & Culture.

A long list of Cork based producers and restaurants who are members of Good Food Ireland members including Anthony Creswell’s award winning Ummera Smokehouse, McCarthy’s of Kanturkand, Toons Bridge Dairy, Durrus Farmhouse Cheese and Ballymaloe Country House and Restaurant have the opportunity to be part of this major global forum. It’s also a significant opportunity for similar businesses and organizations across Cork to get involved in this highly emotive forum alongside international ground breaking leaders in food, tourism and cultural sectors, which aims to strengthen ties between the increasingly cross dependent sectors.

Read the full article here >>


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March 3, 2018

Nice piece in The Connaught Telegraph on getting involved in #touRRoir18

The event will be of great benefit to Mayo based food producers, farmers, hospitality and cultural businesses and anybody interested in our indigenous food, cultural and tourism industry, with an opportunity to learn from a panel of key international experts and industry specialists.

Mayo based members of Good Food Ireland, including renowned butchers Kelly’s of Newport, Achill Island Sea Salt and Cuinneog Butter, will have the opportunity to be part of this major global forum.

It’s also a significant opportunity for similar businesses and organisations across Mayo to get involved in this highly emotive forum alongside international ground-breaking leaders in food, tourism and cultural sectors, which aims to strengthen ties between the increasingly cross dependent sectors.

Read the full article here >>


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March 2, 2018

Great to see #touRRoir18 featured on GalwayDaily.com – have you booked your tickets yet? 

TG4’s weather girl Cáitlín Nic Aoidh has brought sunlight to Galway at the launch of touRRoir18, a cross sector global forum by Good Food Ireland on food, tourism & culture.

The Good Food Ireland symposium will take place on the 23rd and 24th of April at NUI Galway this year, bringing together thought leaders, experienced practitioners and change agents across the three sectors.

It will coincide with Galway’s designation as European Region of Gastronomy as Galway continues to grow its international status in all three sectors of food, tourism and culture in the lead up to being European Capital of Culture in 2020.

Read the full article here >>

 


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February 26, 2018

Press Enquiries: Noreen D’Arcy, D’Arcy Marketing & PR, Galway Tel Mob + 353 86 8227556

All other enquiries to: Margaret Jeffares, Founder Good Food Ireland Tel: +353 53 9158693 Mob +353 87 6674654


TG4’s weather girl Cáitlín Nic Aoidh brings sunlight on the announcement of touRRoir18, a cross sector global forum by Good Food Ireland on Food Tourism & Culture for Galway April 23rd- 24th 2018

touRRoir is a cross sector Global Forum on Food Tourism and Culture and it comes to Galway for the first time on April 23 rd and 24 th 2018. A Good Food Ireland event, touRRoir 18 will be hosted in the National University of Ireland Galway to coincide with Galway’s designation as European Region of Gastronomy as Galway continues to grow its international status in all three sectors of food, tourism and culture as the city and county build up to Galway European Capital of Culture 2020.

touRRoir is the world’s leading international symposium bringing together thought leaders, experienced practitioners and change agents for a unique cross sector dialogue on how through the inextricable link of these three sectors, companies can grow business, local communities can flourish and destinations can ensure a more successful and sustainable economic future.

Margaret Jeffares, Founder and Managing Director, Good Food Ireland says “Food, Tourism and Culture represent giant “industries” in their own right and combined, account for the lion’s share of global employment, while their cross-sector effect on businesses and communities and their economies and social fabric is hugely significant”.

She goes on to sayConsumers search for authenticity and truth in terms of product, service and experience will have a major focus on the touRRoir18 theme “A Unified Force for Good: Food Tourism and Culture”. The quest for authenticity combined with a growing awareness of our increasingly fragile physical and socio-political environments and increasing concern of the long term effects of technology disruption is raising major policy questions at the highest levels particularly in these three major economic sectors – Food, Tourism and Culture. All of which will have healthy debate at touRRoir18 on April 23rd and 24th in NUI Galway”.

touRRoir will bring ground breaking leaders in Food, Tourism and Culture from three continents to descend on Galway for this highly emotive forum which aims to strengthen the existing ties between the increasingly cross dependent sectors. Business operators, food producers, farmers, tourism and hospitality operators and cultural programmers in Ireland will have the opportunity to meet key and highly influential international food experts, leading cultural figures and worldwide travel industry specialists over the two day global forum at NUI Galway.

Good Food Ireland’s touRRoir18 is particularly significant for Galway in this it’s year as European Region of Gastronomy and is the perfect destination for such discussion at the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way. Galway’s acknowledgement as a food tourism and culture destination is recognized worldwide and these sectors continue to strive and achieve excellence and growth. Hosting such a global forum as touRRoir will enhance Galway’s ethos and positive focus on these significant areassays Elaine Donohue, 2018 European Region of Gastronomy Programme Co-ordinator.

The programme for touRRoir18 includes a Hall of Fame Collaborative Gala Dinner on Monday 23 rd April. This is the only recognition in the world for individuals, teams or destinations whose vision, creativity and drive has had a positive and significant impact on the cross sector development of food, tourism and culture, where the confluence of these three sectors have effected change to drive business or where soft power and Gastrodiplomacy
initiatives have raised profile or changed an image.

2018 honourees will be inducted to the touRRoir Hall of Fame, determined by a global judging panel. Inaugural inductees included Rene Redzepi NOMA, The Catalan Tourism Agency and Lee Wook-Jung a film producer/director from South Korea.

The Dinner will bring together internationally acclaimed chefs who will craft a menu inspired by Galway and the West of Ireland’s landscape and seascape on the Wild Atlantic Way using a supreme array of Irish produce. This inspirational dining experience will also feature Irish producers and craft drink pairings.

Tuesday 24 th April will see a One day Forum including a Cultural Reception and Showcase Dinner. Attendees will hear from world-class practitioners and experts in a unique exchange of experiences, expertise & learnings from both within and across the Food, Tourism and Culture sectors.

Keynotes and panel discussions from food travel experts, international chefs, hospitality and travel industry professionals and key influencers in soft power and culture as well as technology change agents will bring latest trends, best-in- class thinking and cutting-edge innovation to our global audience.

An essential ingredient of touRRoir is audience interactivity and open debate. There is huge anticipation for strong creative audience participation both in the room and via social media!

The Networking Drinks and Cultural Reception followed by the Networking Showcase Dinner will provide opportunities for chefs and food and drink producers to highlight the best of local Irish craft drinks and food produce and cuisine with special acknowledgement for the Galway and the West of Ireland’s status as 2018 European Region of Gastronomy.

The Networking Showcase Dinner will showcase what makes Ireland so desirable. Good Food Ireland will serve up not just dinner but a cultural bonanza. Delegates and guests will be fully immersed in Ireland’s food culture as chefs and food producers collaborate to create a unique Irish food experience. Chefs will cook live in front of you and you will meet farmers, fishermen, butchers, bakers and cheesemakers and hear their stories as you taste their food produce. Get up close and personal with these food idols at this once off Good Food Ireland culinary celebration.

touRRoir18 is supported by Galway, West of Ireland 2018 European Region of Gastronomy, Bord Bia, Failte Ireland, Udaras na Gaeltachta, Tourism Ireland, NUI Galway, Masterchefs Hospitality, Clayton Hotel Galway, Galway Tour Company and others.

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February 15, 2018

Jean-Michel Petit, founder of Viz-Eat.com, the “social dining platform” that matches travellers online with local hosts for a variety dining experiences, is among the speakers at touRRoir, a forum aimed at the food, tourism and culture sectors which takes place in Croke Park, Dublin, on Tuesday, November 1st.

The event is part of Good Food Ireland’s 10th anniversary activities, and event director Margaret Jeffares, says the aim is to expand it over the next three years, including attracting international delegates.

Authenticity is the theme of the inaugural forum, which Jeffares says “brings together experts from the food, tourism and culture fields to discuss and debate where this quest for authenticity is taking us and how practitioners in the three sectors can harness it for business success”.

Read the full article here >>