TG4 broadcaster Caitlín Nic Aoidh has officially launched touRRoir18, a cross-sector global forum on food, tourism and culture.

The Good Food Ireland event is going to Galway for the first time on April 23rd and 24th 2018, and will be hosted in the National University of Ireland Galway to coincide with Galway’s designation as European Region of Gastronomy.

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Donegal based members of Good Food Ireland including Lemon Tree Restaurant, Tí Linn Coffee Shop and Rathmullan House – The Cook and Gardener Restaurant have the opportunity to be part of this major global forum.

The event is also an opportunity for similar businesses and organizations across Donegal to get involved in this highly emotive forum alongside international groundbreaking leaders in food, tourism and cultural sectors, which aims to strengthen ties between the increasingly cross dependent sectors.

touRRoir is the world’s leading international symposium bringing together thought leaders, experienced practitioners and change agents for a unique cross-sector dialogue on how through the inextricable link of these three sectors, companies can grow business, local communities can flourish and destinations can ensure a more successful and sustainable economic future.

Margaret Jeffares, Founder and Managing Director, Good Food Ireland says: “Food, Tourism and Culture represent giant “industries” in their own right and combined, account for the lion’s share of global employment, while their cross-sector effect on businesses and communities and their economies and social fabric is hugely significant”.

The programme for touRRoir18 includes a Hall of Fame Collaborative Gala Dinner on Monday 23 rd April. 2018 honourees will be inducted to the touRRoir Hall of Fame, determined by a global judging panel. Inaugural inductees included Rene Redzepi NOMA, The Catalan Tourism Agency and Lee Wook-Jung a film producer/director from South Korea.

The Dinner will bring together internationally acclaimed chefs who will craft a menu inspired by Galway and the West of Ireland’s landscape and seascape on the Wild Atlantic Way using a supreme array of Irish produce. This inspirational dining experience will also feature Irish producers and craft drink pairings.

Tuesday 24 th April will see a One day Forum including a Cultural Reception and Showcase Dinner. Attendees will hear from world-class practitioners and experts in a unique exchange of experiences, expertise & learnings from both within and across the Food, Tourism and Culture sectors.

touRRoir18 is supported by Galway, West of Ireland 2018 European Region of Gastronomy, Bord Bia, Failte Ireland, Udaras na Gaeltachta, NUI Galway, Masterchefs Hospitality, Clayton Hotel Galway, Galway Tour Company and others.