Sligo has always been known as one of Ireland’s premier foodie destinations. With it’s artisan food producers and the incredible landscape of the Wild Atlantic Way, it’s the obvious location for the inaugural Irish International Fashion and Food Summit which is taking place in November.
From November 3rd – 5th, the IIFFS Food Series will feature a vast array of Irelands most recognised and respected chefs, business owners and operators, critics and producers. The spectacular three day event will see numerous presentations and exciting opportunities for audiences to interact with a wealth of Culinary Personalities the likes of which has never been seen before in Sligo.
Philip O’Brien, Event Director said “the culinary aspect to the IIFFS is very exciting, we have such an abundance of talented chefs, producers and food entrepreneurs in Ireland that all who attend the food series should learn and gain inspiration. One of the aims of the IIFFS is to generate debate and profile for Irish culinary reputation internationally and we will get input and perspective from those who have been and those who are pushing the boundaries”
Irish Chef of The Year, Danni Barry, (Eipic Restaurant, Belfast), the mercurial Mickael Viljanen, (Greenhouse Restaurant, Dublin) legendary food pioneer Denis Cotter (Paradiso, Cork), Jess Murphy (Kai, Galway), our own Prannie Rhattigan (Seaweed Kitchen, Sligo) , Catherine Fulvio (Ballyknocken House & Cookery School in Co. Wicklow), Mags Kirwan and a host of others will speak about their unique experiences and debate the future of Irish food.
In tandem with the Food series, the Fashion and Design events feature renowned international and national industry and business experts delivering workshops and talks on the business of fashion as well as inspiring creativity in various areas of the industry. This continues the summits central theme of inspiring and educating entrepreneurs in the creative sectors and providing tomorrows successful chefs and fashion industry professionals with the tools and knowledge to run commercially sustainable creative businesses.
The IIFFS is the concept of Joanne Costello, a Sligo native and graduate of fashion styling from the prestigious Central St. Martin’s College of Art & Design, London.. She commented,
“The purpose of the IIFFS is to provide a platform to allow each industry to be inspired both creatively and commercially. As well as being a showcase for Irish talent it will also allow interaction with international experts from both industries. The beauty of the west coast is the perfect place to highlight the mass of talent Ireland has to offer. We are delighted with the level of excitement that the summit is generating.”
See you there…