Waterford Announced as Winner of Foodie Destinations 2019!


Waterford has been announced as the winner of Foodie Destinations 2019, an initiative run the Restaurants Association of Ireland and kindly sponsored by FBD Insurance. Waterford was announced as the winner of the competition at a ceremony in Mount Juliet, in Kilkenny, where the 2019 Finalists had gathered to hear the winners of Foodie Destinations 2019. Votes from the public were combined with a score from a judging visit to decide the overall winner. Taste Causeway came in second place, and The Food Coast Donegal came in third place.

Speaking about the entry from Waterford, the judges said that they were blown away by how much effort the community had put in to making Waterford a real foodie experience. They said there was a great sense of community evident on their visit, with both big and small local companies getting involved. There was great local awareness, as well as pride and passion, for food and food tourism in the area. They enjoyed seeing chefs and producers working so closely together to provide the best experience possible for visitors to the area.

Donegal Town were also announced as the winning Foodie Town 2019. The Foodie Town Award is given to towns or villages where Tourism is a primary component of the local culture and economy. The judges said there was a great variety of dining experiences, in addition to the hospitality and knowledgeability of the locals, and they also thought it was a clever idea to use the platform of the Wild Atlantic Way to help them stand out as a place to visit.a

Speaking at the ceremony, CEO of the Restaurants Association of Ireland, Adrian Cummins said “I’d like to offer a massive congratulations to Waterford. It’s clear that a huge amount of time and effort has gone into making it a foodie destination worth visiting and it is clear that it is a very co-ordinated effort run by people who are passionate about food in Waterford. I’d also like to congratulate the other finalists: it’s not easy to get this far, and all of the applications were very impressive. Each and every finalist should be very proud of getting so far.”

Patrick Carey, Business Development Manager in FBD Insurance said, “FBD Insurance are once again proud to sponsor the Foodie Destinations Award in 2019. The spirit of the Irish agri-food business is thriving and we are delighted to be associated with an event that nurtures, supports and champions the stellar work and high quality food that is produced from local, Irish communities and businesses. Like many of the businesses and groups involved in the Foodie Destination awards, our commitment is to the local communities and businesses that we work alongside as a partner in their business success.

Yet again this year, the competition and quality of the entrants has been extremely strong. The passion and pride of each entrant shines through and represents what it truly means to be a Foodie Destination and importantly – proudly Irish.

I would like to congratulate Waterford as the winner of Foodie Destination 2019, Donegal as Foodie Town of the year and all the finalists on their outstanding efforts in this competition and continued contribution to the Irish agri-food business.”



Congratulations to all the candidates!



Waterford — The Culinary Community Celebrating Food History

Here in Waterford is a community who work together to show off our food & drink to all. The Waterford Greenway has helped to show off our lovely county from the Comeragh Mountains, across the fertile soils and down to the sea. We’ve a history in food here. The oldest city in Ireland, a key port in the import of wine, tea, coffee &outside influences that brought us the Blaa amongst other things. Today the chefs and producers of Waterford continue to use produce from their neighbours in ever more exciting ways, bringing great food & drink experiences for all. foodthewaterfordway.com

Tralee — the home of locally sourced abundance

Tralee, the Capital of Kerry, draws on its unique location between the award-winning Tralee Bay, miles of fertile pastures and epic mountain ranges to produce some of the most incredible locally-sourced produce in Ireland. As the largest town in Kerry, Tralee offers an abundance of choice when it comes to dining for all ages. Everything from the very best of fine dining, to vibrant family restaurants and eclectic bistro bars, Tralee truly is a foodie destination for all. Cap it all off with its highly successful Tralee Food Festival in May and the world-renowned Rose of Tralee in August, both bustling with crowds of people wanting to sample the local and international delights at the food stalls throughout the town.

The Food Coast — Donegal

Together We’re making Donegal famous for Food. Donegal has spectacular scenery and wonderful wildness, but there is so much more, because it is the food you’ll eat there and the people you’ll meet there that makes Donegal so special. From fine-dining to food festivals, from locally brewed beers to freshly caught flavourful fish, from mouth watering meats to tasty treats, Donegal has it all. As a county, we’re working together to make Donegal Famous for Food, proudly and passionately inviting visitors to discover and explore what Donegal has to offer. The extraordinary experiences that celebrate Donegal food and its champions, serves up a menu of memorable moments that visitors and locals alike, crave and cherish. www.donegalfoodcoast.ie
Taste Causeway

Taste Causeway — A Unifying Vision for Modern and Traditional Cuisine

Taste Causeway is the unifying vision for the wide array of Food and Drink Producers artisans, food tourism and hospitality in the stunning Causeway Coast & Glens. Whether rearing cattle in the lush fields, hauling fish from the stormy seas or plating fine cuisine in award-winning restaurants or serving street food in our bustling markets, we are committed to offering fresh, flavourful food, warm hospitality and an immersive experience that showcases this special place. We strive to create exceptional food and drink produce through collaboration, imagination and innovation, developing fresh takes on old traditions.

Cavan — Spectacular Dining, Stunning Scenery

Cavan has a lake for every day of the year, with a flavour to match. The county boasts stark landscapes and rolling hills to the west and low-lying wetlands in the east, offering spectacular scenery and unforgettable experiences, and Cavan's eateries reflect this stunningly diverse backdrop. Visitors to Cavan enjoy a memorable and authentic experience accentuated by excellent local produce, presented by a passionate, committed local food and drink sector. It is a county alive with variety and choice. The Cavan Food Network is now harnessing this talent and enthusiasm to further strengthen Cavan as a Food Tourism destination.

Antrim — Culinary History Along the Coast

Explore the culinary landscape that is Mid and East Antrim. Situated on the beautiful Causeway Coastal Route, our coastline and countryside is what makes this a unique foodie destination. Our foodie experiences are just as important as the produce. Guided tours, cookery demonstrations, brewery exhibits and fine dining are just some ways for our visitors to taste and enjoy the authentic and award winning produce that is on offer. Our heritage and people are what makes this foodie destination so great. The history behind the food and the traditions in their making is the reason why this exploration of flavour is not to be missed.
Donegal Town

Donegal Town — A Vibrant Foodie Destination

Donegal Town is an attractive vibrant town overlooking Donegal Bay which has a reputation of being an excellent food destination. Traditionally a Market Town with a Diamond at its centre it is easily accessible for visitors and locals to explore the abundance of shops, dining, cultural and heritage attractions, bars and entertainment suitable for all tastes and ages. Our numerous hotels, restaurants and food establishments lead the way in attracting visitors to the area. Exceptionally high standards, local produce and knowledge of what visitors and indeed the local market expect, have been key to putting Donegal Town on the map in the food space. Donegal Town is very family friendly and local eateries provide exceptional service to all who holiday in the area. The town is home to one of the top ten food festivals in Ireland ‘A TASTE OF DONEGAL FOOD FESTIVAL’

Galway — Food is at the Epicentre at the Edge of Europe

Galway & the West of Ireland on the shores of the Atlantic is uniquely nestled at the very edge of Europe. From our ripe land & rich marine life, Galway provides high quality produce to feed ten times its population. In 2018, Galway was designated as a European Region of Gastronomy @gastronomy2018, reflecting over 30 years of dedicated work by our food community. We boast over 12,000 farms, 689km of coastline, 52 islands and over 350 restaurants. Food is at the epicentre of our daily lives. In 2019, Food continues to renew our rural communities. Just launched the ‘Discover Galway Food Experiences’, pilots 40 food experiences East of Galway City, partnering with farmers, producers and restauranteurs. Enhancing Fáilte Irelands Taste the Island in our Hidden Heartlands, you will get right to the source of our incredible food. In 2019, we commence construction on the BIA Innovator Campus, a new regional food hub. Smell, taste, see innovation in ‘Feeding our Future’ happening right now in Galway 2019!

Monaghan — A Stand Out Destination for Intrepid Foodies

Monaghan has so much to offer the local diner or the intrepid visitor with a fantastic array of culinary options from our award-winning cafes, bistros, hotels & restaurants with a tremendous mix of Asian, Indian & Mexican cuisine to Gastro & Mediterranean with some wonderfully innovative menus! What makes Monaghan stand out? The food, the producers, the restaurants, cafes, hoteliers and the Céad Mile Fáilte of course! Neatly nestled in the Drumlin belt, Monaghans lush green fields are a welcome retreat along the road less travelled and is home to world famous local producers from Silverhill Duck to Monaghan Mushrooms, Mallons pork, Greenfield Eggs, poultry, beef and much much more….. Vote Monaghan as your Top Food Destination in 2019!