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25th Jun - 1st Jul:
Irish Gin and Tonic Fest
24th Jun - 24th Jun:
Shandon Street Festival
26th Jun - 29th Jun:
The 33rd International Specialised Symposium on Yeast
26th Jun - 2nd Jul:
Cork Dessert Festival
30th Jun - 30th Jun:
Business Networking Event - Public Speaking and Presenting with Award-winning speaker, Anthony Garvey
30th Jun - 2nd Jul:
Ballymaloe Malt & Music Weekend
28th Jun - 28th Jun:
Discovering Tapas
24th Jun - 25th Jun:
Féasta - Festival Markets
13th Jul - 13th Jul:
Summer Workshop: "How to Write a Successful Press Release for your Business"
10th Jul - 10th Jul:
Garden Workshop: Designing a Herbaceous Border with Susan Turner Part
24th Jul - 28th Jul:
Transition Year Cookery Course
29th Jul - 29th Jul:
Summer Foraging with Darina Allen
27th Jul - 28th Jul:
Amplify - Ireland’s newest and largest Digital Marketing Conference
13th Aug - 18th Aug:
International Congress of Meat Science and Technology
17th Aug - 17th Aug:
Summer Workshop: "How to Write a Successful Press Release for Your Business"
24th Aug - 26th Aug:
NeuroGASTRO 2017
3rd Sep - 10th Sep:
Midleton Food and Drink Festival
8th Sep - 17th Sep:
A Taste of West Cork Festival
22nd Sep - 24th Sep:
Cork Oyster Festival
14th Oct - 14th Oct:
Kinsale Gourmet Festival
16th Oct - 22nd Oct:
Taste Cork Week
4th Nov - 4th Nov:
Cork & Kerry Food Forum
25th Nov - 26th Nov:
Cork Chocolate Festival 2017
29th Nov - 29th Nov:
Sushi Made Simple

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  • Looking to start a food business?

    26th July, 2016

    There are many supports and services for individuals and entrepreneurs looking to start a food business in Ireland.

    Bord Bia has provided a brief summary of the who’s who from state agencies, legal and regulatory bodies to sources of consumer and market research.

    (If you would like to access further resources for small food businesses on topics such as Market Information, Consumer Insight, Business Development and Exports, please visit the Bord Bia Vantage website)

    Initial Information, Assistance and Advice for Entrepreneurs:

    State Agencies:

    • Your first point of call should be your Local Enterprise Office (LEO) for advice, mentoring, business plans and training programmes tailored to start-up businesses. You will also find details of the Food Academy Programme at your Local Enterprise Office.
    • Enterprise Ireland encourages and supports new High Potential Start-Up businesses (HPSUs). The main criteria for EI is >10 employees and companies either already exporting or planning to within a short period of time with turnover in excess of €1m. Please see the resourcing your business section on guidance to seeking funding, mentoring, advice and training as well as grant aid from EI.
    • Teagasc offers training courses at the Ashtown Food Research Centre in Dublin and the Dairy Products Research Centre in Fermoy, County Cork, aimed at strengthening in-company capabilities in quality systems, food safety and hygiene, food technology and product development and marketing.
    • BIM helps to develop the Irish seafood industry by providing technical expertise, business support, funding, training and promoting responsible environmental practice.

    Rural/Regional Development Agencies:

    • The Rural Development Programme is designed to target resources to support improvements in the quality of life in rural areas and the diversification and development of the rural economy and is administered by the following. Visit www.nrn.ie for further information.
      - LEADER Partnerships
      - Local Development Partnerships
      - Local Development Companies
    • Údarás na Gaeltachta – Provision of financial and non-financial assistance in the Gaeltacht regions.
    • Skillnets is a state-funded, enterprise-led support body dedicated to the promotion and facilitation of training and upskilling.

    Quality/Food Safety:

    Incubation Units:


    • GS1 for licensing, costs and formatting of barcodes – essential for the retail market.


    • The Irish Patent Office – You need to run a search for your brand name and advice on registering it in Ireland and/or the EU with both the Irish Patent Office for Ireland only Trademarks and the European Trademark Office for Community Trademarks (CTMs) which cover all 27 EU countries including Ireland. See the section for more details.
      - Irish Trademarks: http://www.patentsoffice.ie/
      - CTMs: http://oami.europa.eu/ows/rw/pages/index.en.do


    • IEDR (IE Domain Registry) for Irish domain names is an independent not-for-profit organisation that manages the .i.e. country code Top Level Domain namespace.
    • The Irish Internet Association (IIA) is a good resource for a search for web developers and Internet Service Providers.
    • Media Contact – for a directory of contacts in the media for PR campaigns published annually and available online by the Public Relations Institute of Ireland.
    • Data Protection Commissioner – check for updates on the use of phone numbers, email addresses and online social networking in marketing.


    • InterTradeIreland (ITI) is the business development body, promoting North-South trade by building business capability and competitiveness.

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