Bank of Ireland announces partnership with Blas na hÉireann as Backyard at Blas returns for a second year.

The hugely successful Backyard at Blas will return to this year’s Blas na hÉireann which takes place in Dingle on October 4, 5 and 6.

Backyard at Blas is a meeting space designed to bring food producers together in an informal way to meet and share experiences and insights on running a business, and to offer support to those starting out.

Speaking about the partnership, Liam Sheedy, director of Munster for Bank of Ireland said, “We are very happy to partner with Blas na hÉireann to create Backyard at Blas at the Blas na hÉireann Irish Food Awards. We saw many Irish producers visit the space, negotiate and complete deals.

“Bank of Ireland has always played an active role in supporting Irish food businesses. The energy and passion that producers in this sector have for the work they do and the wonderful local Irish products they create is something we are proud to back. These producers source many of their inputs locally, making a significant contribution to the rural economy in Ireland,” says Sheedy.

“Food & Wine editor Dee Laffan will speak to the team behind London’s renowned Borough Market.”

The programme for Backyard at Blas 2018 is packed full of talks with experts across the industry. On Friday, October 5, food writer Aoife McElwain speaks with Pat Mulcahy about topics raised in Aoife’s book, ‘Slow at Work’. Other themes on the day include online sales – how to navigate this medium for the first time and financial planning for future growth, the decision is yours – making the right decisions for your business. The final talk is titled ethics and metrics and editor of Foodandwine.ie Dee Laffan will speak to the team behind London’s renowned Borough Market.

With four more talks at scheduled for the Saturday, Blas finalists will learn about the importance of constantly up-skilling, how to pitch and how to balance personal life and business life. Saturday’s talks will conclude with working with chefs – how to nurture a successful working relationship with some of the best chefs in the business.

“We saw first-hand the success of the space and talks last year and have received great feedback throughout the year from our producers.”

Chairperson and founder of Blas na hÉireann, Artie Clifford says, “It’s great to have the support of Bank of Ireland to bring Backyard at Blas back to Blas na hÉireann for a second year. We saw first-hand the success of the space and talks last year and have received great feedback throughout the year from our producers.”

Backyard at Blas will also open on Sunday, October 7 from 10am to 12pm for producers to pop in and have a coffee and chat before Blas na hÉireann 2018 closes.

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