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GIY to Take ‘Food Matters’ to Centre Stage at Annual Bloom Festival

The annual Bloom Festival returns this June 1st to 5th and GIY are taking ‘GIY Food Matters’ to the centre stage with a series of expert lead talks, debates and discussions on food in Ireland. GIY has teamed up with Bord Bia, the Irish Food Writers Guild, Cully & Sully, Energia, innocent Drinks and Bloom to deliver the event each day during the festival.

Over forty of Ireland’s leading writers, chefs, nutritionists, healthcare experts, academics and journalists will ensure the GIY Food Matters custom designed stretch tent is abuzz with lively debate, exploring topics school lunches, food provided in direct provision centres, food in the digital age, the rise and fall of clean eating and a growing trend of eating unseasonal fruit and vegetables.

The GIY Food Matters talks open at noon with ‘Let Food Be Thy Medicine’, debated by Cullen Allen of Cully & Sully, Professor Donal O’Shea of UCC, Operation Transformation Dietician Orla Walsh and Rory O’Connell from the Ballymaloe Cookery School. This will be followed by GIY founder Michael Kelly joined by CEO of the National Parents Council (primary) Aine Lynch, and Rachel Mescall-Fitzpatrick from Carambola to discuss the pitfalls of school lunches.

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Highlights on Friday include Caroline Reid from the Irish Refugee Council, Ellie Kisyombe from OneTable, who will join Fiona Finn from NASC The Irish Immigrant Support Centre and former asylum seeker Reuben Hambakachere, of Culture as they discuss ‘Food In Direct Provision’.

‘The Rise & Fall of Clean Eating’ will be the focus of attention for food writer Aoife Carrigy, wellness coach Alison Canavan, journalist Suzanne Campbell and a representative from Bord Bia Consumer Trends on Saturday. This will be followed by a discussion on ‘Food Porn’, a phrase coined in the digital age of food will be discussed by Claire Cullen GIY’s communications manager and food stylist and writer Sharon Hearne-Smith.

On Sunday June 4th Microbiomes will be under the microscope as a discussion on Gut Health will be the focus of attention for food writers Dee Laffan and Aoife Carrigy, past president of the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute and author of ‘Gut Feeling’ Paula Mee and Dietician Aoife Hearne of Operation Transformation.

Later in the afternoon ‘The Seasonality Crisis’, and a discussion on whether seasonality has gone out of season will be led by Michael Kelly of GIY. On Monday June 5th at noon ‘Food on Demand’ and the convenience factor will be hotly debated by food writer Dee Laffan, James Galvin of the home of online Irish takeaways. Taking the talks to a close on Monday, June 5th ‘The Future of Food’ will be the focus of attention.

Each day there will be two GIY workshops full of food growing tips and an ‘Ask the Expert’ section on offer to visitors at the festival. All the talks and discussions are free to attend for visitors at the Bloom Festival.

Alongside Food Matters, expect to find the innocent Sow & Grow Outdoor Classroom, where food growing gets hands on – Cully & Sully Give Peas A Chance Food Lab- where food and science combine, and the Energia Get Ireland Growing stage which demonstrates the impact of food growing on community spaces.

For further details on GIY Food Matters at Bloom click here.

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