CEDRA - Agri-Food Tourism
A Call for Proposals issued to Local Authorities by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine in October seeks to allocate funds from the Rural Innovation and Development Fund to support agri-food tourism initiatives in Ireland.
Agri-food tourism broadly is the practice of touring rural areas to visit areas of well-known agricultural produce and to sample and taste the local or regional cuisine or specialties. Agri-tourism includes a wide variety of activities that may also involve staying on farm, participation in agricultural endeavors or buying produce direct from a farm or market. Under funding provided by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine agri-food tourism also encompasses local food, farmer and artisan market schemes that support local and seasonal food producers and artisan crafts.
Agri-food tourism is a form of tourism that is growing in many parts of the world. The development of agri-food trails allows promotion of regional or specialist cuisines, the growth and development of Irish food and drink producers, traders and artisans whilst supporting diversification of rural producers within a wider framework of tourism in Ireland.