I know I’ve been a bit quiet of late, but there is some exciting news coming and I’m waiting until its official before I tell you! I don’t want to get ahead of myself.
In the meantime, the call is out for nominations for the @BlasNahEireann #ProducersChampionAward – it should be someone who is working hard to promote & support Irish Food. For example, someone who set up a Directory of producers who are selling online….perhaps!
I know I’m being cheeky, but I would really appreciate your nomination.
Please take 2 mins to make your suggestion. Here is the link: Nominate now!
This is just a short post to let you know, in case you didn’t hear, that I won the IQFA Covid-19 Response Frontline Hero – Local Community Champion Award which was announced last Friday! #thrilled
You can read all about the other winners and shortlisted nominees here. And you can watch the 30 minute ceremony here. Not quite the same as a glitzy event in the Burlington Hotel, but what can you do?!
Thank you so much to the Irish Quality Food Awards team for this amazing award! I’m so pleased to have been able to help our fantastic Irish food & drink producers in some small way during the pandemic. I bought something on-line from each county over the course of eight months and will be posting about them all in the new year.
As you know, most of the shops are shut because of the COVID-19 restrictions. We cannot physically go into our local retailers and many of us are shopping more on line now than we ever did. The problem is that when you search for something, more often than not, the first page of results brings up retailers with plenty of money to spend on marketing, and frequently these are overseas. Not so for our smaller food & drinks producers.
As Christmas approaches, and Black Friday looms, online shopping will become even busier and I’m asking you, please, to buy from Irish producers and suppliers first. Make a little effort to find your food, drink and gifts locally, and by local I mean on the island of Ireland. It might be a little more expensive, but in the long run, unless we support Irish producers and suppliers now, saving jobs and supporting the local economy, we will pay dearly for it later.
The list that I started back in April with 40 producers has now grown and this morning its at 213!! Every day I’m being contacted by producers asking to be included and I’m only delighted to do so.
Here is the current list (as of this morning, November 3rd) in order from the county with the most (Cork) to that with the fewest (Kildare):
I’m absolutely sure that there are many more producers out there that meet the criteria for inclusion in this directory, so please, spread the word, tell them to get in touch, remind them that its a free service, and encourage your family & friends to buy Irish!
Reminder – this list of for Irish food & drinks producers only who have both an e-commerce site and who are delivering.
Spring is Sprung and its a lovely day here. I hope it is where you are too, though I’m afraid we’re not able to go out too far to enjoy it. I’ve been thinking a lot over the past few days about how I might be able to help my food and drinks producer clients and others during these difficult times. I know there is a lot of information coming at us, it can be overwhelming. I’m not sure I can take another online seminar at the moment to be honest!
Resilience is a trait that I think we all need in spades, especially now. Rearranging our lives, our routines, our work, trying not to lose clients, trying to show agility, compromise, accommodation, its all a bit exhausting.
I wanted to do something practical, something useful and tangible, not more talking, and not just sending out more information as there’s a lot of noise already! So, I’ve set up a new page here on Oonagheats.com where you’ll find a directory listing food and drink producers around the country who are now selling online and delivering. So many have lost their routes to market over the past few weeks since farmers markets, country markets, cafés and restaurants are closed and this is just a little helping hand (I hope) to try and get the word out there.
So if you are a food or drinks producer who has had to move to online sales since farmers’ markets and many retail shops are now closed, or your distribution channels have stopped, please get in touch so I can include you. All I need is your business name, website shop link and the county you’re in.