FOOD producers fed up with being blamed for “rip-off Ireland” prices have hit back, saying they are promoting Ireland as a foodie heaven to tourists.
Good Food Ireland said that with two of the country’s most important industries, tourism and agriculture, “on their knees”, now is the time to push ahead with top-quality artisan foods.
So what do they do in order to promote the fact that they’re not ripping off tourists in “rip off Ireland”?
They hold an awards dinner in the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin (€199 room only), and give some awards to the Ballymaloe House in Cork (€220 B&B), the Park Hotel in Kenmare (€364 room only), the Merrion Hotel in Dublin (€199 room only), the Cliff House Hotel in Waterford (€200 B&B) and Gregans Castle in Clare (€160 B&B).
Given that the average cost of a hotel room in Ireland in 2007 was €100, Good Food Ireland are hardly dealing with hotels offering much visible value for money. Particularly since those prices are for a Wednesday night at the end of October.