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Those that I caught were fantastic and some of the many things I jotted down during the sessions and panel included some of these facts:
- More than 15% of the worlds baby food is produced in Ireland
- Tripadvisor.com now gets over 40million visitors per month, up more than 60% since the beginning of the year
- 78% of us trust peer recommendations most.
- Marketing through Social media is the most efficient (and cheapest) way of marketing when done right
- Most Irish artisan producers have had a 20-30% increase in business since last year (despite all the doom and gloom)
- In 2007 41% of Irish people considered the term "local food" as food from Ireland, now that number is only 10% with almost half considering it as food from their own neighbourhoods
- With over 15 million acres of land for fishing accesible to Irish fishers we export more than 80% of it out of Ireland.
- Delia Smiths favourite blue cheese is Cashel blue (completely random fact from John McKenna)
One other talk I attended was by two lovely food bloggers Caroline and Kristen who were announcing the new Irishfoodbloggers association. Im looking forward to getting my teeth stuck into this website!
All in all the key message I took from the day was the importance of supporting local Irish food producers as spending money locally on food produced locally is one of the key ways of getting our economy growing again. Needless to say no further encouragement was needed and I came home with a nice piece of smoked trout from Goatsbridge along with some lovely Knockdrinna goats cheese.