Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D. has announced the allocation of €227,000 to Agri-Food Tourism projects.
Six separate agri-food tourism initiatives are set to get the funding under the Rural Innovation and Development Fund.
Initiatives that promote and develop agri-food tourism including Local food, farmer and artisan market schemes that support local and seasonal food producers and artisan craft are among the eligible projects.
The successful projects hail from regions including Waterford, Wexford, Kilkenny, Donegal and Carlow.
Minister Creed said “I am pleased to support a number of exciting initiatives across the country in the vibrant sector of agri-food tourism. Food Wise 2025 highlights the natural synergy between agri-food and local tourism. I believe that agri-food tourism is of great importance for rural areas in order to showcase their people, landscape, history and culture through agricultural produce, food and drink, and local cuisine. In addition, it provides opportunities for rural businesses, including farmers, producers and artisans, to develop their products and services, connect with the community and visitors to an area, and improve skills and best practice”.
- €44,060 for Astec Global Consultancy – ‘Agri-Food Tourism Experiences’ – Bringing Visitors Home.
- €47,950 for Carlow CC – ‘Food Food Trail Development Project’ –Agri-Food Tourism Cluster Development that will provide training and mentoring for food business with promotional activities and training to showcase and develop food talent in Carlow have been funded €47,950.
- €49,250 for Donegal County Council – ‘ISLE Tourism’ – ISLE (Islands Sustainable Living & Education Tourism) tourism project is an innovative sustainable tourism and education project focused on the Donegal Islands and coastal areas, including seafood, aquaculture, and artisan island food.
- €40,250 for Kilkenny County Council - #tastekilkenny (phase 2) – Phase 2 of ‘Taste Kilkenny’ to support the further expansion of #TasteKilkenny through 7 elements that include cluster expansion, promotional activities, training and mentoring as well as the development of the food network
- €46,883 for O’Connell Marketing, Sales and Communications - Co. Wexford Agri-Food Tourism, for the development and promotion of the events and activities linked with the County Wexford Food Tourism Strategy, involving a range of stakeholders
- €49,000 for Waterford City and County Council – Food, The Waterford Way – To expand and develop the Food Tourism proposition in County Waterford through the development of connections between the Waterford Way food trail and farmers markets.