Foodie Destinations 2018 Applications Open Now!

The Restaurants Association of Ireland are pleased to launch Foodie Destinations 2018, with applications being accepted from 12 noon today!

If your town, village, suburb or region thinks you have a unique food tourism offering and would like to apply, please head over to where you will find the entry criteria as well as a template of the application form.

The Foodie Destinations 2018 winner will be a destination that actively promotes itself through joint promotional activities such as food festivals, gourmet trails or farmers’ markets as well as great dining experiences for locals and visitors alike. They will have established a local producer/supplier network which is utilised and promoted by local businesses. Plans for future growth and investment into the food and hospitality industry at a local level will also be taken into consideration by Foodie Destinations judges. Education, training, development and employment will be key components of the ultimate food Foodie Destination. Collaboration is of utmost importance – we want to see communities working towards a common goal.

This year, not only will there be a ‘Foodie Destination’ winner, there will also be the addition of a new category ‘Foodie Town’. This new category refers to both towns and villages. Tourism or vacationing should be a primary component of the local culture and economy. These towns offer a stand-alone, unique food and tourism visitor experience which does not expand out to the surrounding areas.

We are delighted to welcome back FBD Insurance for a second year as our official sponsor. John Reade, Head of Business Insurance at FBD Insurance has this to say: “FBD Insurance is a proud sponsor of The Foodie Destinations Award and it is our pleasure to be associated with an event supporting the agri food industry and wider business community. For 50 years FBD Insurance has been proud to support local community initiatives and as Irelands only indigenous Insurer we are delighted to see so many communities developing their own food culture offerings and contributing to the wonderfully diverse food culture in Ireland.”

All final applications must be submitted online via

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Thursday 12th of July

If you have any queries at all please contact Shauna on 00 353 (1) 677 9901 or

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