Bakery and snacks firms in Northern Ireland have announced plans to grow turnover by 73% by 2020, according to a recent strategy published by Agri-Food.The achievement would see turnover in the sector rise to £445m, with a whopping £1.3bn set aside by the agri-food industry in Northern Ireland, over the next seven years.A target of 141% sales growth, to £245m, has also been set for sales outside Northern Ireland.Set out in a strategic action plan, called ‘Going for Growth – Investing in Success’, the goals were agreed upon by leading representatives from bakery organisations and major Northern Irish processors such as Irwin’s Bakery in Craigavon, Co Armagh.The strategy contained 118 recommendations to the Northern Ireland Executive to grow an industry that already contributes over £4bn to the local economy and is the region’s biggest manufacturer and leading exporter.It also calls for recognition that there is a single supply chain, and that all links in the chain work closely together on delivering products that will attract a premium in international markets.Overall, the strategy, originally commissioned by the Northern Ireland Executive a year ago, wants to see a 75% increase in the sale of food and drink outside Northern Ireland. Currently, Northern Irish producers sell almost £3bn abroad, mostly to Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland.
The third annual Festival at the Farm is going down September 15-16 at Prowse Farm in Canton, MA. The one-of-a-kind event will bring all ages together for live music, local food and drink, backyard games, and an on-site farmers market featuring local farmers, non-profits and inspired craft vendors. Produced by Six Chair Productions and in partnership with Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs, the two-stage setup will feature both nationally touring bands as well as Boston’s best local acts. Headlining the event are Amos Lee and Dawes, alongside Mandolin Orange, Amy Helm, The Wild Reeds, The Suitcase Junket, Caitlyn Smith, Update Rubdown, Will Dailey, Jesse Dee, The Silks, and Ali McGuirk. Additional acts will be announced in May.Festival at the Farm has also teamed up with Kids Really Rock to present a very special kids concert each day. The Kids Really Rock All-Star Jam will feature Karen K. and the Jitterbugs alongside a who’s who of New England Kids musical artists.“Festival at the Farm just keeps getting better every year! We are incredibly excited about this year’s musical lineup and our partnership with Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs to bring fans of all ages together for a weekend of great live music and local food,” said James Macdonald, founder of Six Chair Productions. “We can’t wait for the weekend to begin!”Inspired by Pete and Gerry’s free-range hens, who have ample room to roam on the farm, the Free Range Kids Zone will feature a host of interactive games and activities including face-painting, storytelling, and magic shows, as well as hen petting with Pete and Gerry’s Organic hens and Meet-A-Farmer, providing families the opportunity to interact with a Pete and Gerry’s Organic farmer.Six Chair Productions also announced that they have set a goal to help provide 100,000 meals to those in need through support of the Greater Boston Food Bank. As a part of this effort, a portion of every ticket sold will be donated to the Greater Boston Food Bank and Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs will donate one dozen eggs for every ticket sold. Fans will be able to take part in the fundraising by making online donations at ticketing checkout as well as through select activities at the festival.Additionally, Commonwealth Cambridge owner and chef Nookie Postal will return to Festival at the Farm in 2018 to create a farm-to-table dining experience in the festival’s VIP area. VIP ticket holders will also enjoy preferred concert viewing and a private bar and lounge along with other amenities.Early Bird tickets for the festival will go on sale on April 12, 2018 on the event website. Early Bird general admission two-day passes are priced affordably at $75 and Early Bird VIP Passes are $175 for the weekend. During the Early Bird ticketing, tickets for kids aged 3-12 are free. Infants and toddlers aged 2 and under will not need a ticket for the event. Ticket prices will increase in May after the entire festival talent lineup is revealed.Check out the initial lineup below, and head to Festival at the Farm’s website for more information.
(WBNG) — The Broome County Health Department has issued two more public health alerts Thursday. Additionally, the health department says a person who was at Manni’s Donuts and Diner in Binghamton also tested positive for the virus. Earlier Thursday, the health department warned of people testing positive who were at a church service and at Olive Garden. The Tioga County Health Department is alerting people that several people tested positive for the virus after attending a wedding and dinner. If you were at Pete’s from 12 to 1 p.m. on July 10, the department asks you self-quarantine until July 24. If you were at Manni’s on July 14 from 7:45 to 8:30 a.m. the health department ask you self-quarantine until July 28. The department says a person who was at Pete’s Legacy Diner in Vestal has tested positive for the virus.
Letterkenny Gaels Club News:Is mór an trua nar iarraidh leis an Ghrúpa Baileád nó le Méabh Ni Chathail san Amhránaíocht Aonair sa Chómortas Scór Sinsir a bhí ar siúil i nGleann tSúilí Dé hAoine seo caite. The Ballad Group consisting of Geraldine Hanley, Deirdre Uí Dhochartaigh, Katrina Patton, Méabh Ní Chathail and Eimear Kelly standing in for Bernie Frain sang beautifully, performing a lively version of “Óro sé do bheatha bhaile” and a haunting arrangement of “She moved through the fair”. Méabh sang “Coinleach Glas an Fhomhair” for the solo ballad. The judge paid compliment to the sweetness of all their voices. Both the Ballad Group and Méabh in the solo ballad came second in their categories – something to be very proud of at County level and suggesting that there is a lot of potential in these women to do even better next year. Is mór an éacht atá déanta ag Gaeil Leitir Ceanainn i mbliana maidir le Scór na nÓg agus Scór Sinsir ach fan go bhfeicfidh sibh cad é a dhéanfaidh muidinne an bhliain seo chugainn!A well attended Underage Football Presentation evening took place at the weekend at the Club Room. Thanks to Donegal Ladies Footballers Karen Guthrie and Grainne Houston for helping out with the presentations.The underage football training resumes again this Friday night (5th February) and will run for 6 weeks until Friday March 11th 2016. We will then take a break for a few weeks (over Easter) and move outside to Pairc na nGael after Easter. Under 6 ( 2010 or later) training starts on Friday 5th February at 6:00pm (until 6:45pm) in the Gym Hall at Woodland National School. Under 8 (born 2008, 2009) and under 10 (born 2006, 2007) training will also resume in the Aura Leisure Centre on Friday the 5th February from 7:30pm to 8:30pm.New members welcome.Michael Murphy Sports are currently stocking a range of Gaels Club merchandise including jerseys, training tops, hats & scarfs.Camogie training and the winter league for u-8 & u-10 teams continues every Friday evening from 6-6.45pm at the LYIT. U-12 camogie and girls circuits will also resume on 29th from 7-8pm. New members always welcome. Contact 086 8163505 for more details.Sympathy is extended to the Morrison family on their recent bereavement.Hurling training for u-6 to u-13’s is back in full swing on Monday evenings from 6-7pm at the Aura. All welcome. Please note change of time and venue. Contact 086 8405785 for more details.For regular club updates and photos see our club web page, Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @LetterkennyGaelLADIES STARS SPECIAL GUESTS AT LETTERKENNY GAELS GAA UNDERAGE PRESENTATION was last modified: February 2nd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAALetterkenny GaelsSport