PLANS are underway for an annual conference which brings Irish pub owners from across the world together in one Irish city.
The Irish Pubs Global Federation launched its 2018 Gathering Event plans at an event held at the 1520 Bar on Quay Street in Galway city last week, revealing that this year the get-together would have the theme ‘Famous for Food’.
The 2018 Irish Pubs Global Gathering is set to take place in Galway from October 7 – 9.
It will include a conference for up to 500 international operators of Irish pubs and food and drink tours and will feature the annual Irish Pubs Global Awards gala dinner.
Its culinary theme will highlight “the importance of showcasing Irish food in Irish pubs and restaurants around the world”, the organisers explained.
“Over the course of the three-day event, delegates can take part in a series of interactive food-focused tours around the West of Ireland and enjoy locally produced food and drink, learning how to incorporate new ideas, recipes and products into their businesses,” they added.
Galway was recently named European Region of Gastronomy for 2018, making it the first region in Ireland to be awarded the honour.
Since it began planning the 2018 event last year, Irish Pubs Global has received support from businesses and organisations across Galway, including Failte Ireland, Galway Convention Bureau, The Wild Atlantic Way and Connacht Hotel Group.
The event will be managed by Go West Conference and Event Management.
The annual Irish Pubs Global Awards night will take place in the Galmont Hotel, Galway.
The welcome reception will see the event space transformed into an 'Irish Market', where attendees will sample some of the best food and drink the island of Ireland has to offer.
Public voting for the 2018 awards will open on May 1 and are open to Irish pubs and hospitality outlets worldwide.
Commenting on the announcement, Rose Finn, Manager at Galway Convention Bureau, said: “Galway Convention Bureau were delighted to work with the Irish Pubs Global Federation on bringing this International event to Galway. The federation has 8,000 members globally and the spotlight will be on Galway for this their flagship event. Delegates can expect to be inspired by the programme and experience Galway’s cultural diversity. We look forward to welcoming all delegates in October”.
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