Industry Day Out

Who doesn’t love a good school tour/field trip/industry day out – once it is outside the classroom and involves getting on a bus then call it what you like! Well on Wednesday we did just that and visited Independent Brewing in Carraroe and Michelin Star restaurant Loam in Galway City. What a fantastic day it was – our students found it motivating and inspiring https://startafoodbusiness.wordpress.com/student-feedback-2/ Thanks for the feedback and photos everyone.

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Week 2

Week One has come and gone and we have got through the awkward introductions, meeting new friends, college tours, handbooks, schedules and where to go for the best coffee! So on to Week 2…..

This week starts with guest lecturer – the very successful Ronan Byrne aka The Friendly Farmer http://thefriendlyfarmer.blogspot.ie. Ronan is the owner and founder of The Friendly Farmer – a pasture reared poultry farm in Co. Galway that he has developed from a part time smallholding, to a growing food business employing five people. Ronan also works with the UCD innovation Academy on the Rural Entrepreneurship Course facilitating students in the development of their business idea ensuring bottom up real development in rural economies. Having completed an MA in EU Integration focusing on rural development policy under CAP, Ronan believes that proper policy can shape and enable rural areas to prosper. Ronan is a true innovator and brings a wealth of experience to this course. I, for one am very excited about tomorrow’s class.

Wednesday is shaping up to be a very interesting day as we head to Galway city to meet chef, restaurateur and author, JP McMahon. We will be visiting one of JP’s three restaurants – Aniar, Cava Bodega and Eat Gastropub (http://eatgalway.ie) where JP will carry out some demonstrations and the students will have the opportunity to speak with JP and ask his advice on their food ideas – what a great opportunity to get! From there we are heading out west to Carraroe for a much anticipated tour of Independent Brewing http://independentbrewing.ie/. Awarded a silver medal at the Global Craft Brewers Awards in Berlin and winners of the best Ale and Lager category at the Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards, we are without doubt, delighted to get the opportunity to meet the brewer Kevin O’Hara. I will keep you posted on how our tour goes, hopefully we will get to sample some of that tasty beer!

Food Innovation and Entrepreneurship Course

Welcome!

My name is Maria McDonagh and I am the Programme Manager of a very exciting course launched by GMIT in Food Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The aim of the course is to encourage participants to develop their food idea/product into a business. Tomorrow is the first day of the course and we are delighted to welcome a very creative and innovative group of students. I decided a course like this deserves a blog! Its new, its exciting, its full of new food ideas and products and it has a fantastic line up of Food Entrepreneurs as guest lecturers – whats not to love! So if you love all things food, stay tuned  – you never know we may inspire you to set up your own food business