Leitrim Organic Farmers Cooperative

Leitrim Organic Farmers Coop was established in 1998 with the objectives of developing markets for its members produce and providing education and training. Since then the Cooperative has gone from strength to strength and so have its members.

We were delighted to have John Brennan from Leitrim Organic Farmers join us for the Kus Kus Virtual Learning Week and learn about the many routes to market the coop promotes and provides for its members.

An Chistin, Castlerea

An Chistin is a state-of-the-art training and community kitchen located in Castlerea, Co. Roscommon which currently offers a full-time 48 week QQI Level 5 Course in Professional Cookery under the auspices of the GRETB.
The overall aim  of An Chistin (Irish for Kitchen) is to assist unemployed people in the area of Castlerea and surrounding areas which are not otherwise catered for and to aid them to move towards employment by providing community based training and work experience leading to a nationally recognized qualification.
Find out more on https://www.facebook.com/anchistinthehub

Leitrim Food Directory and Sourcing Guide

The Leitrim Food Directory and Sourcing Guide is a Taste Leitrim initiative from Leitrim Local Enterprise Office and Leitrim County Council which is designed to connect restaurants and the retail sector with our local artisan food and drink producers and the wealth of wonderful produce on our doorstep in the county.

From farms to butchers, organic growers to sourdough bakers, small batch producers of preserves, sauces and dressings to local honey producers and chocolatiers, sushi and fresh seafoods to dairy ice-cream, kefir and cheese, to craft beers and gin distilleries and coffee –  we have a wealth of produce that we want to bring to the fore on menus across Leitrim and further afield.

See Leitrim Producers – Taste Leitrim for more details

The Food Hub

The Food Hub is a best practice food production and education facility based in Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim. Since it’s establishment in 2004, it has emerged as Ireland’s premier artisan multi tenant food production enterprise centre, established by a social enterprise.

Food Production Units – The Food Hub provides 26,000 sq ft of premium food production space across 14 independent work units as well as 6,000 square feet of office space.

Community Kitchen – The Food Hub houses Ireland’s first time-share production unit where emerging food businesses can produce their products in a fully equipped kitchen!

The Food Hub facilitates Food Sector Training and delivers sectoral training programmes for the food sector – from start your own food business programmes to culinary skills.

We were delighted to interview Fergal McPartland of The Food Hub for our Kus Kus Adventures of Food Entrepreneurs Irish Multiplier Event. You can watch back the interview here:

Bia Innovator Campus

BIA Innovator Campus is a step change project that will transform the food entrepreneurship landscape in the West of Ireland. Co-located at the Teagasc campus in Athenry, it addresses a seismic need for regional food workspace infrastructure and support services and creates an exceptional bundle of food production units and co-working kitchens, learning and innovation in one location.

BIA Innovator Campus offers prospective food entrepreneurs a starting point to either begin or grow their business and connect to a community of food entrepreneurs and the agencies who will support them.

We were delighted to interview Elaine Donoghue of Bia Innovator Campus for our Kus Kus Adventures of Food Entrepreneurs Irish Multiplier Event. You can watch back the interview here:

Taste Leitrim, Taste the World – a campaign to showcase world cuisine and food diversity

In 2020, the world stopped still and in Ireland, we found ourselves having to restrict our movements, avoid foreign travel and stay as much as possible inside our county. During this time, Taste Leitrim – one of the Irish KUS Alliance members launched an innovative campaign with a World Cuisine focus – they invited people to:

Taste Leitrim, Taste the World….

The campaign focused around the fact that people were holidaying here in Ireland and it aimed show the breadth of Leitrim’s food offering.

When you Taste Leitrim, you taste the world. With many of the restaurants and cafes drawing inspiration from world cuisine in their menus. While many of our chefs are from Leitrim, others have come from far and wide to make Leitrim their home. Over the coming weeks we will be highlighting many of our members by showcasing them on our Social Media Channels.  In addition to locally inspired menus, we bring you inspiration to travel your taste buds through Leitrim’s take on Italian and Mediterranean dishes, Asian cuisine and even a Wild West Ranch. From award winning gastro pubs, vintage tea rooms, family run bakeries to innovative food on the go, you will want to start your culinary adventure right here in Leitrim.

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Laura Magan from Momentum presented Taste Leitrim as a case study during the C3/C4 Learning Week in February 2021. You can watch back the presentation here: