Clare makes final of ‘Foodie Destinations’ 2017

Clare makes final of ‘Foodie Destinations’ 2017


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

The Restaurants Association of Ireland announced the top ten finalists in the ‘Foodie Destinations’ competition 2017 and the Loop Head Peninsula has made the list.

The competition aims to celebrate Ireland’s unique and wonderful food offerings and to encourage local food tourism initiatives across the country.

Applications for the competition were received from all corners of the country. During the first stage of judging, applications were thoroughly assessed by an independent panel of judges. Though there was tough competition, the top ten ‘Foodie Destinations’ of Ireland for 2017 have been selected and are as follows:

  • Boyne Valley
  • Cong
  • Galway’s Westend
  • Kilkenny
  • Kinsale
  • Loop Head Peninsula
  • Monaghan
  • Sligo
  • West Cork
  • West Waterford

Each of these ten finalists will now receive a pre-arranged visit from a pair of independent assessors in the coming weeks. This assessment will be combined with a national public voting campaign where the public can choose their winning foodie destination out of the ten finalists – this can be done through Both components will carry equal weight in the overall score.

The winning destination will be crowned ‘Foodie Destination of Ireland 2017’ on the 29th of August.


Adrian Cummins, Chief Executive of the Restaurants Association of Ireland, said “Winning the title of ‘Foodie Destination of Ireland 2017’ will provide a competitive edge to towns and regions wishing to promote their areas to incoming tourists. The rich landscape of the Irish culinary scene has provided us with an interesting battleground for the competition. This is an exciting time to be involved in the food and tourism industry in Ireland, and for local businesses to show the pride they have in their communities to the nation.”

The Public Voting Process

A national public voting campaign is underway with each of the ten finalists canvassing the country to vote for them.

Online voting will take place via until 12 noon on Thursday 10th August.

Posters will be sent to each of the ten finalists to help them canvass in their localities for support.

The final decision will be made by combining the judges’ votes with the public vote, each of these components account for 50% of the overall mark a destination receives.

The ultimate ‘Foodie Destination of Ireland 2017’ will be announced on Tuesday 29th August.


Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.