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.
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.”
“We have so much to offer here in Waterford and now with this fantastic win as Foodie Destination 2019 we really have something to celebrate. Visitors and locals alike can enjoy a food offering that can be traced from farm to fork. This award is something that we can be very proud of and rightly so. There are so many people that have worked very hard in the background providing training, knowledge sharing and so much more, to ensure that our food is in a class of it’s own”.
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Check some of the tweets from #FoodieDestinations
— Foodie Destinations (@foodiedest) August 28, 2019
Waterford is the 2019 Foodie Destination of the Year!!
Another great reason to visit the #WaterfordGreenway with #Waterford winning #FoodieDestination 2019. Here are some restaurants that you may like to visit https://t.co/O98SpN83sd Our #Food is a great reason to @VisitWaterford @ancienteastIRL @CorkAirport @DublinAirport pic.twitter.com/QAHTREjtmu
— Waterford Greenway (@WaterfordGrnWay) August 29, 2019
We are delighted in Food the Waterford Way HQ. Here is a a message from Éimhín Ní Chonchuir, Co-ordinator with Food the Waterford Way. @foodiedest #WaterfordWay #WaterFOOD #BiaDéise #FoodieDestinations pic.twitter.com/ukz0E8fFZ6
— Waterford Way (@Waterford_Way) August 29, 2019
A very special day for #BiaDéise as #Waterford is the winner of 2019 #FoodieDestinations with judges @AnthonyOToole_ and @DDMcGlone ‘blown away by the great pride and passion for food and food tourism, and the great sense of community that they saw’ #DéiseAbú #TastetheIsland pic.twitter.com/6deGZSewwn
— West Waterford Festival of Food (@WdFoodFestival) August 28, 2019