Gourmet’s dream for lucky few

DIETING is definitely not on the menu tonight as the Tipperary Food Producers once again tantalise the tastebuds of food lovers from all over the country with their annual Long Table Dinner, which takes place in the historic grounds of Cashel’s Rockwell College.

Now in its fifth year, the banquet, which has been sold out for weeks, is promoted as “a gourmet’s dream”, bringing 300 guests on a culinary tour of Tipperary with a special menu of seasonal products sourced exclusively from the 30 members of the Tipperary Food Producers network.

With excellence the common denominator for the banquet, members of the network include a host of well-known brands including Cashel Blue Cheese, Hickey’s Bakery, James Whelan Butchers in Clonmel, The Apple Farm in Cahir and Seymour Organic Farm in Borrisokane.

“The network’s founding objective is to promote and showcase the best of the Premier County’s food,” says Pat Whelan. “With the natural links the food sector has into the social, economic, tourism and cultural aspects of life in the county, our aim is to develop further into a regional brand that will highlight what Tipperary Food has to offer.”

The network currently has over 60 members within Tipperary, employing 220 people directly, and boasting a cumulative turnover of €24m.

“The Long Table Feast is a great opportunity for us to showcase the best of our produce and reinforce the importance of supporting local producers to a local and national audience,” said Mr Whelan.

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