Expo Puts Clare Suppliers In The Shop Window

By Dave Simpson
Expo Puts Clare Suppliers In The Shop Window

Co. Clare artisan food and crafts will get a unique shop window this month at the inaugural Cliffs of Moher and Clare Retail Expo.


Clare food and artisan suppliers will come together with consumers and retail buyers for the event, which takes place over two days on 19 and 20 February.

Supported by the Clare Local Enterprise Office, Clare County Council and the Burren & Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark, the two-day event at Cliffs of Moher Experience on Sunday 19 February with a business-to-consumer event from 10am to 4pm, during which local Clare artists, producers and craftspeople will exhibit their products.

The Falls Hotel in Ennistymon is the venue for The Burren Extravaganza, which includes a north Clare food producers' showcase and a ticketed three-course dinner, hosted in partnership with the Burren Ecotourism Network, on Sunday evening from 5pm.

On Monday 20 February from 10am to 1pm, Cliffs of Moher Experience will host a business-to-business retail buyers' event, at which Clare artists, producers and craftspeople will present their products and network with national and regional buyers.



Bobby Kerr, chair of the board of Cliffs of Moher, said, "The number of food and artisan producers in Clare has grown considerably in recent years with many visitors to the county citing the food experience as one of the outstanding features of their stay.

"Clare suppliers are increasingly successful in getting their products supplied via retailers across Ireland and overseas and Cliffs of Moher Experience is delighted to play a role in this continuing success story."

Geraldine Enright, director of Cliffs of Moher Experience, said, "As part of the Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark we are proud to be able to support local suppliers,” stated Ms. Enright.

"Throughout 2022, we provided a platform for local suppliers to showcase their products to visitors to the Cliffs of Moher. The initiative forms part of our Meet The Makers programme which invites visitors to discover more about the artists, producers, and craftspeople."

Padraic McElwee, head of enterprise at Local Enterprise Office Clare, commented, "Many of the suppliers partaking in the expo will have benefited from a broad range of supports from Local Enterprise Office Clare, including mentoring, upskilling and other practical supports. Being able to access such training and mentoring locally is a huge step forward for businesses in this county, and we are now delighted to be able to further support these suppliers as they seek to expand their operations and introduce their products to a wider consumer and retail audience."


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