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ABOUT US

Who We Are

The Centre of Food Culture, Boyne Valley, believes that by preserving and celebrating our food culture, past, present and future, we will enhance people’s relationship with food, connect them to the source of their food and the people who produce it. When we speak about food, we also include our rich heritage in brewing, distilling and drink production. Our purpose is to facilitate greater connectivity between food, people, soil and sea. We are doing this by creating the first national Centre of Food Culture, based in the Boyne Valley.

This centre will facilitate education, discussion, enterprise and advocacy of our food culture for current and future generations. We will strengthen the connections between all stakeholders be they consumers, food producers, food professionals, state agencies, communities, academic institutions locally, nationally and internationally.

Vision

A vibrant, creative, sustainable, regenerative and interconnected food culture.

Mission

To create a national centre for food and drink culture to facilitate education discussion, enterprise and advocacy by connecting people to their food, soil and sea.

Our Values

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Accessibility

Making our initiatives available to everyone.

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Provenance

Valuing the origin of our food, from the soil and sea to people, and the journey this food takes.

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Education

Sharing knowledge and skills through learning and experience.

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Regeneration

Enhancing people's relationship with food by connecting them with nature and the regeneration of our agriculture, food systems and food production.

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Collaboration

Working in partnership with all stakeholders for the shared benefit of all.

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Our Story

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Year 2013

Boyne Valley Food Series

In 2013, the Boyne Valley Food Series was born – a unique calendar of events celebrating our land, heritage, people and of course our produce. The Boyne Valley Food Series helped cement the region as a leading player on the national food stage.

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Year 2016

Boyne Valley Flavours Brand Creation

  • Discover Boyne Valley Flavours brand was created.
  • The Boyne Valley Food Strategy was launched in collaboration with Meath and Louth County Councils.
  • Boyne Valley Flavours won “Foodie Destination Award”.
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Year 2019

Inaugural Samhain Festival

The first Samhain Festival of Food and Culture was held in Kells, Meath,
celebrating 5,000 years of Irish food and culture.

The region was recognized as one of the “World’s Best Food Destinations” by the National Geographic Traveller and won an award at the World Food Travel Association’s Food Trekking Awards.

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Year 2020

Feasibility Study

A feasibility study commissioned with James Burke and Associates to ascertain the viability of establishing a culinary centre of excellence to champion Irish food and drink in the Boyne Valley.

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Year 2022

Launch

Launch of Centre of Food Culture, Boyne Valley, at Samhain Festival of Food and Culture 2022.

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Year 2023

Development Manager Appointment

Appointment of Development Manager for The Centre of Food Culture, Boyne
Valley

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Year 2024

Internships Collaboration

First internships as part of collaboration with University of Gastronomic Sciences, Pollenzo, Italy, established with food and drink businesses in the
Boyne Valley

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Boyne Valley Food Development Strategy 2024-2028

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Join us on our journey to develop a vibrant, creative, sustainable, regenerative and interconnected food culture.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is The Centre of Food Culture, Boyne Valley?

The Centre of Food Culture, Boyne Valley is a social enterprise with a mission to create a national centre for food and drink culture to facilitate education,
discussion, enterprise and advocacy by connecting people to their food, soil
and sea.

What projects is The Centre of Food Culture, Boyne Valley working on?

The Centre of Food Culture, Boyne Valley runs webinars, masterclasses and other immersive educational and cultural events. We facilitate internships between international students and Irish food and drink businesses, providing hands-on immersive learning. We are working towards building a library of food heritage and craft skills to act as a repository of knowledge about past and current skills and crafts. We celebrate our food culture through our annual flagship event; Samhain Festival of Food & Culture.

Where is The Centre of Food Culture, Boyne Valley located?

Currently operating from a virtual base, the Centre of Food Culture, Boyne Valley organises and runs initiatives in satellite locations in the Boyne Valley (counties Meath and Louth), with a national and international reach.

How can I contact The Centre of Food Culture, Boyne Valley?

We would love to hear from you! Please email info@foodcultureireland.ie to get in contact with the team.

How can I get involved in The Centre of Food Culture, Boyne Valley?

There are lots of ways that you can get involved and contribute to our vision for a vibrant, creative, sustainable, regenerative and interconnected food culture:

  • Interested in volunteering? Contact us in relation to volunteering opportunities and contribute directly to our projects and events
  • Do you have internship opportunities at your business? The Centre of Food Culture, Boyne Valley facilitates internships between international students and Irish food and drink businesses, providing hands-on immersive learning. Contact us to learn more
  • Interested in partnering? Contact us to explore opportunities to partner on core activities, specific projects or events of the Centre of Food Culture, Boyne Valley

What type of events and workshops does The Centre of Food Culture, Boyne Valley coordinate?

The Centre of Food Culture, Boyne Valley runs webinars, masterclasses and other immersive educational and cultural events. Check out our Events page here

How can I keep up to date with news from The Centre of Food Culture, Boyne Valley?

We would love to keep in touch! Sign up to our newsletter here and check out our social media accounts here

What is Samhain Festival of Food & Culture?

Samhain Festival of Food & Culture is the annual flagship event of the Centre of Food Culture, Boyne Valley, and is a celebration of Irish food and culture, past, present and future. The festival showcases the very best of Irish food and drink, food culture and history through a weekend long series of events from food & drinks tastings, cookery demonstrations, and cocktail masterclasses, to food safaris, farm visits, kids workshops, and debates with Ireland’s foremost culinary experts.

When does Samhain Festival of Food & Culture take place?

Samhain Festival of Food & Culture takes place each year in Kells, Co. Meath in November. This year, it is taking place 7th – 10th November 2024.