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Top chefs to discuss future of food at symposium

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Food on The Edge, a coming-together of top international chefs and food leaders for a 2-day Food Symposium, is to take place in Galway on October 19 and 20.

Described as ‘The G8 Summit of Food and Food Culture’ it is geared at setting the bar for thought, leadership and the future of food for international chefs and restaurateurs.

For the first time ever in Ireland and UK, over 40 of the best international chefs and 350 attendees each day will converge for the two-day symposium consisting of talks, presentations, networking, entertainment and knowledge sharing.

Food On The Edge is the brainchild of JP McMahon, owner of the EatGalway restaurant group which includes Michelin-starred Aniar Restaurant in Galway.

JP is also the Cook It Raw Ambassador in Ireland, which has seen him attend and participate in international food events in USA, Mexico, Finland, Canada and other countries. It was through this involvement that the idea for “Food On The Edge” was sown.

“Through Cook It Raw, I met many amazing, innovative chefs from all over the world. They are at the top of their game, many of them Michelin-star and often double Michelin-star standard. Their drive to constantly test boundaries with food and food sustainability and then share that knowledge is inspirational,” said JP.

“Many have never been to Ireland, let alone Galway, so given the beauty of our rugged location and the food provenance we have here it was an easy task to ask them to speak at Food On The Edge and visit”.

Speakers and attendees confirmed for the event reads like a who’s who in the restaurant world. Flying in from San Francisco, Mexico, Singapore, Denmark, Sweden, Spain and many other places not least, the UK, they are coming to converge, speak and attend the event

Albert Adria, recently crowned best pastry chef in the world by Fine Dining Lovers World’s Top 50 Restaurants, will travel from Spain to attend and speak. Daniel Clifford, the UK chef who is best known for his work at the two Michelin star restaurant Midsummer House and winner of the 2012 and 2013 series of the BBC’s Great British Menu, will join the discussion on the Future of Food.

Matt Orlando, from Amass in Copenhagen, will speak about the responsibilities of the chef in terms of sustainability while 2-star Michelin chef Tim Raue, Berlin, will speak about the complexities and simplicities of flavour and food harmony.

There are over 40 speakers in total, a heady list that will have attendees leaving Galway inspired and far more knowledgeable on global food trends and the future of food culture.

“Spending our time in the pressured environment of a busy kitchen can, if we are not careful, drain creativity and leave chefs isolated in terms of what is happening globally in the world of food. We guarantee that anyone attending Food On The Edge will be engaged, excited and inspired by the calibre of our speakers and the topics of discussion. We also have evening events and a gala dinner in which to network and meet the speakers,” added JP.

The main talks will be held in a marquee tent located in the city centre.Tickets are available for one day and two day admission with the two day ticket inclusive of the evening event, Tuesday, Oct 20, taking place in Electric Garden.

Fine Dining Lovers, the brand behind World’s Top 50, is the web media partner. The site will be documenting the run up to the event, as well as the event itself with interviews and coverage.

The organisers are grateful for the sponsorship of San Pellegrino, La Rousse Foods, Galway City Council, Galway County Council and Fáilte Ireland who were quick to come on board to support this ground-breaking event. Media and supporting partners are Sunday Business Post, Egg & Chicken food projects and Food PR and Marketing.

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Galway City publican in heroic River Corrib rescue

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A city publican who last week helped save the life of a woman who had entered the waters of the Corrib off Wolfe Tone Bridge has made an appeal for young people to ‘look out for each other’.

Fergus McGinn, proprietor of McGinn’s Hop House in Woodquay, had been walking close to Jury’s Inn when he saw the young woman enter the river.

He then rushed to the riverbank on the Long Walk side of the bridge, jumped into the water, spoke to the woman and stayed with her until the emergency services arrived.

The incident occurred at about 3.45pm on Friday last, and a short time later the emergency services were on the scene to safely rescue the woman.

“She was lucky in that the river level was very low and she didn’t injure herself on the rocks and stones just under the water.”

He also appealed to the public to support in whatever they could the work being done by groups like the Claddagh Watch volunteers.
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Pubs face court – for serving booze on their doorsteps!

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Gardaí have warned city publicans that alcohol cannot be served outside their own premises – even in newly-created on-street spaces designated by Galway City Council as suitable for outdoor dining.

Councillor Mike Crowe (FF) said three Gardaí visited a number of city centre pubs on Thursday afternoon informing them that drinking outdoors was not allowed under licensing laws.

“They warned publicans and restaurants that the area outside their premises is not covered by the licence, and therefore under national legislation, they are breaking the law, because they are not entitled to sell alcohol in non-licensed areas.

“The operators were told that this was an official warning, and they will be back again in a few days and if it persisted, they [Gardaí] would have no option but to issue a charge and forward files to the Director of Public Prosecution. You could not make this up.

“All of the big operators were visited, and received an official warning, and they will be charged if they persist. According to the guards, they’re getting instructions from [Garda headquarters in] Phoenix Park,” he said.

The matter will be raised at a meeting of the Galway City Joint Policing Committee on Monday.
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Call for 50% affordable homes in new Galway City Council estates

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The next Galway City Development Plan should include a greater provision for affordable housing than that recommended by Government, a meeting of the City Council has heard.

Cllr Declan McDonnell (Ind) told the meeting that while it was the Government’s intention to introduce a stipulation that new estates should have 10% affordable housing, Galway should go further – building anything up to 50% affordable in developments that are led by the local authority.

The Affordable Housing Bill, which is currently working its way through the Oireachtas, proposes that all developments should have 10% affordable and 10% social housing as a condition of their approval.

Affordable housing schemes help lower-income households buy their own houses or apartments in new developments at significantly less than their open market value, while social housing is provided by local authorities and housing agencies to those who cannot afford their own accommodation.

The Council meeting, part of the pre-draft stage of forming the Development Plan to run from 2023 to 2029, was to examine the overarching strategies that will inform the draft plan to come before councillors by the end of the year and Cllr McDonnell said a more ambitious target for affordable housing was absolutely necessary.

“It must be included that at least 50% of housing must be affordable [in social housing developments],” he said.

This sentiment was echoed by Cllr Eddie Hoare (FG) who questioned if the City Council was ‘tied down’ by national guidelines, or if it could increase the minimum percentage of affordable housing required locally.
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