Cavan has been selected as one of the Top 'Foodie Destinations' in Ireland, and we need the voting public to help secure the number one spot for the Breffni County.
Voting is open now and takes just a few seconds. Simply log on to www.foodiedestinations.ie to register your vote! Voting is open until noon on Tuesday, 20 August.
(Click the image above to vote!)
Organised by the Restaurants Association of Ireland, Foodie Destinations celebrates Ireland’s unique and wonderful food offering, and encourages local food tourism initiatives across the country.
Cavan's application is backed by food producers, restaurants, cafés, B&Bs, hotels and food businesses across the county, as well as organisations including Cavan County Council, Cavan Chamber, Local Enterprise Office Cavan, and Cavan Monaghan Education and Training Board.
High-profile Cavan chefs including Neven Maguire and Gearóid Lynch have also thrown their weight behind Cavan's application, with Neven commenting, "I am immensely proud of my home county and I believe it has made great strides in recent years as a tourist destination and as a foodie Mecca".
Olde Post Inn Chef-Proprietor Gearóid Lynch, a Fáilte Ireland Food Champion, agrees that Cavan "offers a truly special food experience".
County Food Co-ordinator Deirdre Donnelly said "Since the county’s foodie progress was rewarded with a top ten finish in last year’s ‘Foodie Destinations’ competition, we have established the Cavan County Food Network and a Cavan Tourism Forum, which will further enhance Cavan as a Foodie Destination, through bringing our food, hospitality and activity sectors together”.
Speaking following the announcement of Cavan’s second top-ten finish in as many years, Cathaoirleach of Cavan County Council, Cllr Shane P O’Reilly, said "There is no better place on this island to come and experience the real Ireland than County Cavan, and I am thrilled that the hard work of our food and tourism businesses as well as agencies including Cavan County Council has been recognised by the Restaurants’ Association of Ireland. I hope the people of Cavan show their support for this initiative and ‘Vote Cavan’.”
The final stage of the application will be a judges' visit which will take place in August, already a busy month in the Cavan food calendar, as the county lines up to host the annual Taste of Cavan food festival, which takes place in Cavan Equestrian Centre on Friday, 9th and Saturday, 10th August.
To vote for Cavan as Ireland’s Foodie Destination 2019, visit www.foodiedestinations.ie before noon on Tuesday, 20 August.