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Gildernew visits Tastefest

7 August, 2009 - by Westminster

Minister Michelle Gildernew MP, MLA has opened the 4th Kennedy Centre Tastefest by addressing a group of local business and community leaders as part of the annual Féile an Phobail in West Belfast.

Each year since 2006 the Kennedy Centre hosts the Tastefest along with Curley’s Supermarkets and more recently Sainsbury’s, who have acquired the Curley’s business.

Over 40 food and drink exhibitors, from all over Ireland, will participate in cookery demonstrations and offer food sampling to the public visiting the Centre over the two days of 7-8 August.

Speaking at the breakfast launch, the Minister said: “The opportunity provided by Tastefest for farm-based diversifiers and small enterprises to exhibit alongside our larger processors, who operate in the global marketplace, is almost unique. As well as offering networking opportunities for the suppliers, the festival also allows a face to face interaction between consumers and suppliers which is rarely available these days.

“Curley’s Supermarkets have been at the backbone of local retailing in the community over the last forty years and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the Kennedy family for their support of local producers throughout that time.”

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