Spectacular calendar of food experiences launched for Donegal

first_imgThere is more to Donegal than spectacular scenery and wonderful wildness, because it is the food you’ll eat here and the people you meet here that makes Donegal such a special place to visit.Donegal’s Food Coast Experiences – an exciting range of food-related events – launched in Castle Grove House this week, combines not just celestial cuisine using the county’s rich parlour of ingredients, but also memorable moments that visitors will cherish.“Food plays an intrinsic role in the visitor experience and the series of food events planned for Donegal this year will offer extraordinary experiences celebrating Donegal food and its champions,” said Michael Tunney, Head of Enterprise in Donegal. He added that through the Food Coast Initiative, the Local Enterprise Office has tried to impress on Donegal’s producers and food outlets over the past few years that offering a wide range of food offerings will help the county secure a greater share of that tourism food spend – adding that the tourists can just as equally be locals and visitors from within the county as those from outside Donegal.Food producers and food businesses from across Donegal pictured at the launch of the Donegal Food Coast 2019 Food Coast Experiences in Castlegrove Country House this week.Mr Tunney said: “Our aim, when we launched the Food Coast Experiences, was to develop a calendar of food events that offers an experience celebrating Donegal food and its champions. When we commenced the project we had a gathering of interested food parties who heard from other regions where successful visitor experiences have been built around local food.“That meeting really set the ball rolling and helped people here really understand how we in Donegal can collaborate to make Donegal famous for food,” he said.At that launch two years ago, Failte Ireland’s Sinead Hennessy told food industry professionals that while tourists don’t necessarily come to Ireland for its food, it is a key part of their experience and they spend €2 billion on food every year with 35% of their total spend going on food. Indeed, Fáilte Ireland are following up on that potential in September of this year when, Taste the Island will promote the island of Ireland’s extensive catalogue of food and drink experiences to domestic and international visitors, creating opportunities for Irish businesses to attract higher numbers of visitors outside of the already busy summer months.Producers and food businesses from South Donegal pictured at the launch of the Donegal Food Coast 2019 Food Coast Experiences in Castlegrove Country House this week with Michael Tunney and Eve Anne McCarron Business Advisor from the Local Enterprise Office.Producers and food businesses pictured at the launch of the Donegal Food Coast 2019 Food Coast Experiences in Castlegrove Country House this week with Michael Tunney and Eve Anne McCarron Business Advisor from the Local Enterprise Office.The Taste the Island programme will be extensive, including everything from visits to food producers, distillers and brewers; food trails and food festivals; participation in traditional skills; opportunities to forage and fish; and chances to sit back and enjoy the best of modern Irish cuisine in traditional pubs, small-town cafés, restaurants, city bistros and Michelin-starred experiences.“The chance to experience local food in a completely authentic way is one that visitors from across the globe have sampled in Donegal over the past two years. Through those experiences visitors can learn more about the local traditions and get to know the people through their food. Our own Donegal Food Experiences, coupled with the Taste of Ireland launch will give Donegal food businesses a brilliant opportunity to tap into this growing market,” Michael Tunney added.Food producers who will be taking part in the Donegal Food Coast Food Coast Experiences pictured with Head of Enterprise in Donegal, Michael Tunney and Eve Anne McCarron Business Advisor from the Local Enterprise Office at the launch in in Castle Grove Country HouseThe Head of Enterprise added the Food Coast was truly delighted with the range and diversity of ideas this year, suggesting it was clear evidence that those working in the food sector are keen to build on the calendar of events to make it even better year on year.“The stakeholders have really grasped the opportunity to add to the Donegal food story and really expand on the potential it has for all involved,” Mr. Tunney concluded. Local Enterprise Office Donegal is supported through co-funding from the Irish Government and the European Regional Development Fund 2014 – 2020.Spectacular calendar of food experiences launched for Donegal was last modified: May 21st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:food coastLocal Enterprise Officetaste the islandlast_img read more

Trailblazer: Lere Mgayiya

first_imgFounder: Lere’s Shoe Shine ExperienceWhy is Lere a Trailblazer?With no tertiary education and after several unsuccessful business ventures, Lere saw someone cleaning and shining shoes, capitalised on the idea and started his own shoe shining business at Cape Town International Airport – with only two chairs.He then extended the business into a franchise by training unskilled youngsters from the township to manage and own a business and become income-generating, contributing members of society.Lere maintains that his speciality is “shining people” – making them believe in their ideas, their abilities and their inherent value as South Africans.In his own words …“I want to build other businesses that serve communities because I believe that my community, the African community, has so much potential of being a business on their own to stop depending on other people to make them stop being idle.”Fast FactsLere’s Shoe Shine Experience stands currently operate at Cape Town International Airport, OR Tambo International Airport, Durban International Airport, East London Airport and George Airport.On average 18-million passengers travel through South African airports every year, translating into 36-million possible shoes to shine!Lere’s Shoe Shine Experience is endorsed by a number of celebrities, including Gary Kirsten, Mr Manshanyu, Natalie Du Toit, Francois Pienaar and Jake White.Lere has won the Sanlam Money Game and the SAB Kickstart Competition. In 2004, Lere received a R50 000 grant from SAB KickStart, which he used to purchase additional equipment such as chairs and shoe cleaning accessories.How can I help?The next time you have a few minutes to wait at the airport, find a Lere Shoe Shine Experience stall and let them shine your shoes while you enjoy some light-hearted conversation. For more information, visit Lere’s Shoe Shine Experience.Story published on SAinfo on 11 July 2008.Source: Brand South Africalast_img read more

Hack Your H1 Audio Recorder for $15

first_imgStep One: Attach XLR InputsOne of the biggest drawbacks of the Zoom H1 is that it doesn’t have XLR input natively. This means that if you’re using it, you can only use low-end mics and recording devices to feed directly into the recorder. By adding dual XLRs to the input, you essentially turn the H1 into an H4 in terms of stereo XLR-quality audio. Here’s how the two XLRs work.Looping the two zip ties together, tie down the XLR cables on to the H1 casing at the top. You can clip the excess tie lengths and wrap together the excess cord after plugging into the input port. In the end, it should look like this:Step Two: Add the Headphone JackAnother drawback to the H1, if you are using it to feed into another camera or mixer, is that it only has one output jack. For this hack to work, you’ll need to add a splitter to allow for headphone monitoring and sending into your camera. All you really need to do is add the splitter to the output jack and plug in a short 3.5mm to 3.5mm cables to go into your camera. Step Three: Attach Cold Shoe AdapterThe final step is to add the cold shoe adapter to the back of the H1 to attach to your camera. The adapter operates on a simple thread system where you “screw” and “unscrew” the circles until you can slide the adapter onto your camera’s built-in mount.Once you have the adapter on and attached and your 3.5mm cable plugged into the camera, your work should be complete. You can now plug two XLRs into your H1, monitor the audio, and send it directly to your camera or mixer of choice!You can watch the full video below, and be sure to check out the rest of DSLR Video Shooter’s library for other cool tips and tricks for DIY filmmaking. Know any other cheap DIY audio recording hacks? Let us know in the comments! Gear hack: Upgrade your Zoom H1 audio recorder to include two XLR inputs and two outputs — all for under $15! Here’s how it’s done.In their latest video, DSLR Video Shooter shares how to trick out your Zoom H1 into an XLR-friendly dual-channel audio recorder for $15. This is a huge DIY help for those who already own an H1 ($99.00). It’s also perfect for people looking for audio recording options who aren’t willing to invest in a Zoom H4 ($149.99) or a Tascam DR-40 ($179.00).The hack is pretty ingenious in its simplicity. Basically all you need are the following:Dual XLR to 3.5mm JackSmall 3.5mm SplitterSmall Zip TiesCold Shoe AdapterOptional Items:XLR to 3.5mm (if you don’t want/need two XLRs)Short 3.5mm to 3.5mm Male Cablelast_img read more

Delhi fraudsters try to pull off a sporting con in Bangalore

first_imgOn July 5, the Raichur district administration in Central Karnataka received a letter from Sports Authority of India (SAI), New Delhi, informing them about an official visit of ‘SAI deputy director Kabir Hashmi (IAS) and his private secretary Sarvesh Kumar’.The district administration adhered to the official protocol and ensured the visiting officials received the best treatment as state guests. When the duo reached Raichur by Karnataka Express train on July 7, they were assigned an official car and treated as central government guests at the official state guest house.The Karnataka Police with the three conmen.Kabir Hashmi, however, was not the SAI deputy director neither was he, or his ‘private secretary’, SAI officials. The two men were, in fact, conmen who tried to fool the Raipur district in-charge deputy commissioner.The duo visited the local Nehru Yuvaka Kendra under the pretext of an inspection where they even took the Raichur district in-charge Deputy Commissioner, V.V. Jyothsna, to task for lack of basic infrastructure at the Nehru Yuvaka Kendra in Raichur. However, their con was soon busted when they came face to face with the Raichur deputy commissioner.Deputy Commissioner Vijaya Jyothsna said, “When I asked Kabir Hashmi about his IAS batch, he mentioned a particular year. But his behaviour was suspicious. So, I crosschecked with IAS batchmates of that particular year and found out that he had lied to me. I was told that no one named Kabir Hashmi was in the particular IAS batch he mentioned.” “As I tried to dig deep, they became evasive, making the suspicion grow. In the meantime, our office contacted the SAI office in New Delhi and found out that Kabir Hashmi was impersonating an IAS officer. I immediately informed the local police, who took him into custody (on Tuesday),” Jyothsna said.advertisementRaichur district Superintendent of Police M.N. Nagaraj said that the Delhi-based duo was in Raichur to collect money from people they had duped. The duo was in Raichur to collect money from youths whom they had promised jobs in central government departments.They had enlisted the support of a local accomplice named Ubedulla, who had informed local youths that he had connections with the Sports Authority of India in New Delhi, and that he can get them government jobs.”The duo came to Raichur posing as SAI officials and collected Rs 15.42 lakh from the youths and Ubedulla. It was a well-oiled racket. The duo have conned people in other states as well,” the SP said. However, what is confusing the district administration is how the two conmen managed to get an original letterhead from SAI in New Delhi. “This shows that somebody in the SAI office is hand in glove with this duo. We have informed the authorities concerned in New Delhi about this,” the police added.last_img read more