Dingle Food Fair
Each year the streets of Dingle are given over to the Dingle Food Fair with a taste trail in over 50 outlets, workshops, cookery demos, a farmers market, on-street entertainment and a variety of food stalls. A highlight of the 3-day festival is taste trail, where festival goers can purchase taste tickets and sample local cuisine delights in over 50 locations that vary from pubs, and galleries to shops and restaurants.
For the second year running, Dingle Food Festival has used compostable plates and forks for food served on the taste trail. This reduces the total volume of landfill waste generated over the festival week-end which contributed to other initiatives also underway, making the Dingle Food Festival a low carbon sustainable event.
All businesses were visited in advance of the festival to help promote water and waste prevention initiatives. Reduced food miles through sourcing local produce was promoted. All premises involved promoted and displayed the Green Festival Goers Guide.
During the festival there was 3-way on-street waste segregation. Baseline data to benchmark waste was gathered in 2011.
This year, the Corca Dhuibhne Glas Awards were presented during the festival. Corca Dhuibhne Glas is a local programme for businesses to implement measures to lower energy consumption, reduce water usage and reduce and better manage waste. For example, one facility participating in Corca Dhuibhne Glas has reduced food waste to 117g per customer.
For more information on greening this event contact:
Mícheál Ó Coileáin, Kerry County Council
Tel: 087 419 8617