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Mun­ster’s largest in­door food mar­ket has been pen­cilled in for early Novem­ber.

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Mun­ster’s largest in­door food mar­ket has been pen­cilled in for early Novem­ber.

The an­nual Cork and Kerry Food Mar­ket is now in its 10th year.

It takes place on Sat­ur­day, Novem­ber 3, from 10am to 6pm in Cork’s City Hall.

A cal­en­dar high­light for food­ies, the event is re­garded as the re­gion’s largest in­door food mar­ket. More than 70 food and drinks pro­duc­ers will ex­hibit their ar­ti­san pro­duce. And the unique food mar­ket ex­pe­ri­ence is free.

Since be­gin­ning in 2008, pro­duc­ers from Cork and Kerry have cre­ated more than 1,000 jobs with this num­ber grow­ing sub­stan­tially since 2013.

Many of the pro­duc­ers have been aided by Su­perValu’s Food Academy pro­gramme which has given hun­dreds of lo­cal pro­duc­ers the op­por­tu­nity to get their prod­ucts on shelves through­out the coun­try.

It is en­vis­aged a fur­ther 200 jobs will be cre­ated over the com­ing 12 months as the re­gion con­tin­ues to be Ire­land’s main hub for ar­ti­san pro­duc­ers.

Many of the pro­duc­ers are also build­ing ex­port mar­kets to bring the best of Ir­ish food to Europe.

The event is sup­ported by a part­ner­ship in­clud­ing the Lo­cal En­ter­prise Of­fices (LEOs) in Cork and Kerry, Cork City Coun­cil, Cork County Coun­cil, Kerry County Coun­cil, Su­perValu, and Bord Bia.

It will also fea­ture cook­ery demon­stra­tions from chefs Kevin Dun­don and The Happy Pear broth­ers as well as chil­dren’s en­ter­tain­ment mak­ing it a great fam­ily day out.

Joe Burke, Lo­cal En­ter­prise Of­fice South Cork, said: “Over the past 10 years, more than 30,000 peo­ple have at­tended the Cork Kerry Food Mar­ket en­joy­ing the pro­duce of our top ar­ti­san food pro­duc­ers and spend­ing over €250,000 on the best of lo­cal food.

“The event is now recog­nised as the num­ber one place to en­gage with new food ideas and dis­cover all the best lo­cal ar­ti­san pro­duc­ers from Cork and Kerry.”

Last year, it at­tracted more than 8,000 vis­i­tors to City Hall which un­der­lined the grow­ing in­ter­est in the ar­ti­san food sec­tor.

Carmel Big­gane, project man­ager of Su­perValu’s food academy said the com­pany’s pro­gramme has given small pro­duc­ers big op­por­tu­ni­ties to grow their brand: “Con- sumers are more aware than ever that when they buy lo­cal they are not only in­vest­ing in a high-qual­ity prod­uct but also help­ing to cre­ate lo­cal jobs.”

The 10th-an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion will also see the ad­di­tion of a Fri­day evening event which will fo­cus on the re­gion’s craft drinks in­dus­try with vis­i­tors learn­ing how to pair lo­cal pro­duce with craft beers and spir­its. It will take place from 5pm-9pm with live mu­sic and tast­ings for over 18s.

At the launch of the 10th An­nual Cork and Kerry Food Mar­ket on Sat­ur­day, Novem­ber 3, were Nell Mc­Carthy with Vic­tor O’Sul­li­van, Blue­bell Falls Goats Cheese and Izzie the goat; (back), Jimmy Allen, De Róiste Pud­dings, Pa­tri­cia Fo­ley of Su­perValu and Joe Burke, LEO South Cork. Pic Michael Mac Sweeney/Pro­vi­sion

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