Food Futures 2030 Event

Food Futures 2030 Event

Laois County Council in association with Laois LEO  and Laois Partnership  are hosting the first ever Food Futures 2030 event will take place in the Heritage Killenard on March 21st 2018.  The event is being run as part of the Connect 2 Laois for Food programme.  This exciting trade event will bring food service operators, food producers and buyers together under the one roof.


                                               Event Programme


09.00 – 10.00 Registration and networking with tea/coffee
10.00 – 10.05 Opening by Project Co-ordinator Liz Kennedy,  Laois County Council

Welcome by An Cathaoirleach Padraig Fleming,  Laois County Council

10.05 – 10.15 Context and introduction by James Burke, James Burke & Associates
10.15 – 10.35 The future of food SME’s: Agility, positivity and dealing with the challenges and changes in hospitality.

Domini Kemp, ITSA

10.35 – 10.55 The Boyne Valley Food Journey

Olivia Duff, Boyne Valley Food Series, Headfort Arms and Fáilte Ireland Food Ambassador

10.55 – 11.15 Trends from The Thinking House, Bord Bia

Grace Binchy, Insight and Innovation specialist, Bord Bia.

11.15 – 11.35 Paddy O’s Granola, a producer’s perspective on the future of food

Paddy O’Connell, Paddy O’s Granola,

Connect 2 Laois for food project

11.35 – 12.00


Panel discussion: How will the role of food will change in the next decade (Domini Kemp, Olivia Duff, Grace Binchy, Paddy O’Connell)
12.00 – 14.00 Producer Showcase including a lunch of locally produced food
14.00 – 14.20 When nothing goes right, go left – how to stand out in a crowded market place through digital media.

Andi Jarvis, Eximo Marketing

14.20 – 14.50 Perspectives from the Speciality Retail Sector

Colin Jephson, Director, Ardkeen Quality Food Store

14.50 – 15.20 A taste of this place – serving our local and traditional food proudly.

Darina Allen, Ballymaloe Cookery School

Darina pictured here (Third from left seated) at Ballymaloe’s 50th Anniversary Photo credit

15.20 – 15.30 Q&A Session & Closing Remarks



Please find attached Product Profiles of the food and beverage businesses that will Showcase their products at the Producer Showcase event from 12:00-14:00 as outlined in the event programme above.


Food Futures 2030 is a must attend industry event targeting buyers, suppliers and those working in the food, tourism, hospitality & retail sectors.  If you are thinking of starting a business in the food or hospitality business, join us to hear our exciting speakers, panel discussions and Showcase of Laois food.  Registration is essential.  Spaces limited. Lunch will be included on the day.