The Northern Ireland Hotels Federation (NIHF) hosted The Taste of Tourism Summit on Tuesday 28th February in the Culloden Estate and Spa.
The Summit was an opportunity for businesses to hear first-hand from a line-up of specialist speakers who have used food and drink to attract new customers, improve profits and enhance their reputations.
Chef director across the Rick Stein restaurants, Jack Stein, was joined by broadcaster, Stefan Gates; Founder and Chair of All-Ireland Sustainability and Triterra, Danielle McCormick; investigative journalist Joanna Blythman; food blogger Niamh Shields; Sally O’Kane, Head of Compliance and Sustainability at Frylite Group Ltd. and eco-minded entrepreneur, Carina Conyngham from Slane Castle.
Industry panellists included chefs Andy Rea, Paula McIntyre and Suzie Lee, Causeway foodie Geri Martin, chef turned producer Paul Cunningham and tourism consultants Sharon Scott and Julie O’Brien. Curated artisan food and drink was served up at an Artisan Marketplace throughout the day.