Delegates attending the MeetWest two-day business networking event on Wednesday, November 18, will be treated to a tempting array of delights showcasing ‘A Taste of Roscommon’.
An initiative of Roscommon County Council, the food exposition in the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone, will feature top food producers showcasing award winning glazed ham, home made chocolates, farm fresh beef, craft beers, local cheese, artisan and gluten free breads.
Some 400 people are expected to attend the event where, in addition to business networking, they can sample produce from the food suppliers some of whom can develop personalised corporate gifts for delegates.
The ‘Taste of Roscommon’ is organised by Roscommon County Council’s Úna Ní Chuinn and Louise Ward from Roscommon Local Enterprise Office.
According to Úna Ní Chuinn, the showcase will offer a unique opportunity for delegates at MeetWest to appreciate the wide range of producers based in Roscommon.
“Creativity is increasingly a unique selling point in business and international experience has shown that traditional businesses need to adopt creative approaches to survive,” said Úna.
“We would like to encourage business in the West region to engage with the food sector for their mutual benefit.
“We want to highlight the attractiveness of Co. Roscommon for food producers and encourage our visiting delegates to experience what is special about Roscommon.”
Among those exhibiting will be award-winning businesses Waldron Meats, Gleeson’s Restaurant and Townhouse, Roscommon Chocolates, Cloonconra Cheese, Black Donkey Brewery, Molloy’s Bakery and Gilligan Meats.
Earlier this month, Roscommon Chocolates and Waldron Meat scooped gold at this year’s Blas Awards with Gilligan Meats bringing home silver.
Mary Gleeson, from Gleeson’s Restaurant & Townhouse in Roscommon town, said that food produce from Co Roscommon was contributing to Ireland’s international reputation for quality, sustainably produced food products.
“The Roscommon region has been gathering a name for itself nationally and internationally as a producer of world class food products,” said Mary, whose Roscommon lamb stew most recently wowed attendees at the World Food Expo in Milan in July.
“We have a quality food culture in Roscommon and I’m really looking forward to showcasing our produce at MeetWest and networking with the delegates attending.”
The ‘Taste of Roscommon’ Showcase takes place at 5 pm on Wednesday, November 18.
MeetWest 2015 is organised with the local authorities, local enterprise offices and state development agencies in Roscommon, Mayo and Galway.
Registration for Meet West is now open on www.meetwest.ie.
Intending delegates are asked to register early to ensure their place at the largest business networking event in the west of Ireland this year.