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FOOD lovers will be tempted with special deals this week in an event celebrating great Irish food and its producers.

Over 30 restaurants, hotels, country houses, cafes and pubs from across Cork city and county will offer the public a Good Food Ireland producer plate of food and a glass of wine for €15.

Three Good Food Ireland members, including one five-star hotel, will also offer three night’s accommodation for the price of two.

“The aim of the week is to showcase the best quality Irish food places in Cork and to highlight Good Food Ireland members’ commitment to local community in their prioritising of local food and in supporting local farmers, food producers and fishermen,” said Margaret Jeffares, managing director of Good Food Ireland (GFI).

She was speaking at the launch of the GFI Cork week at a special celebration in the city’s historic English Market last night.

Ms Jeffares founded GFI in November 2006 as a club of the best quality restaurants, hotels, country houses, B&Bs, farmhouses, cookery schools, food shops and food producers committed to local food, good practice and sustainable ethics.

GFI, which operates as a not-for-profit organisation, has almost 250 members nationwide who are independently assessed to ensure that they meet the brand criteria.

Its vision is to grow Ireland as a food tourism destination and make its members the number one choice for food lovers.

It promotes the people behind the food, from the chef to the cheese maker, and highlights the cultural relationship between a country, its people and its food.

It also promotes the link between the food producer and the hospitality sector to steer the nine million visitors to Ireland to places that are committed to using local food.



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