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Dinner 2050: Future of Food in Ireland

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A collaboration between Wicklow Chef/Food Historian Tadgh Byrne and Dublin Filmmaker, Max Barry, this 1-hour documentary explores how Ireland will eat in 2050 - looking at issues such as how technology will change farming, food security, robot chefs, drone deliveries and sustainability in the food supply chain. The film is due to reach a large audience in 2024.

There have been several screenings of the film so far in 2024, all of which have spurred lively discussions.

Quotes:

Ireland’s Minister for Biodiversity and Land Use, Pippa Hackett, tweeted after recent showing: “A well-balanced film which avoided polarizing the debate on farming and food. Very enjoyable”.

RTE’s Suzanne Campell also tweeted “A great production with lots of strands”

Multi-award-winning food writer and founder of Flavour.ie Kate Ryan said: “This is a film that must be made, and it must be seen by as many people as possible

Speaking on the reception so far to the film, Byrne has said “The fact that so many people with high-powered jobs were willing to give up their time to be in the film and the many encouraging emails we have had, reminds me this is a very important project and I think it will be well received nationwide”.

Commenting on the importance of the film Michelin star chef JP McMahon said: “Food affects every single aspect of our lives. If we don't look at the how, why and where our food is coming from, then we lose control of that food”.

Byrce Evans, Irish History Writer and Lecturer at Hope University, Liverpool said: “This new film by the multi-talented Tadgh Byrne examines the future of food in Ireland… I’m honoured to have been a part of it… A must-see for anyone interested in sustainable food futures

The film features key players from the Irish food industry such as:

JP McMahon – Michelin Chef Food Historian and Author
Bryce Evans – Food Historian , Author and Lecturer in Hope University Liverpool
Dolores O’Riordan – Director of UCD’s Institute of Food and Health
Cathy Curran – Communications Officer with National Dairy Council
Gillian Westbrook – CEO of Irish Organic Association
Bobby Miller - Irish Grain Growers, Tillage Farmer
Gerry Boland – Animal rights Activist, Author and Founder of Animals Behind Closed Doors
Maragret Hocktor - Sheep farmer, Kilmullen Farm
Ed Hanbridge – Hemp and Beef Farmer, Kilmeaden Farm
James Callery - Climate Awareness Officer
Claire Mac Evilly - CEO Airfield Estate, Dundrum
Anke Klitzing – Lecturer of Gastronomy at TU Dublin
Jennifer McConnell – Entrepreneur and Seed Saving Expert
Brian O'Toole - Wildacres Nature Reserve, Wicklow
Lara O'Hanlon - Future Food Systems, Portion collab Sinead O'Brien - Connemara Abalone Farm/ Mungo Seaweed, Galway
Stefane Griesbach -Gannet Fishmongers, Galway
Niall Sabongi – Restaurateur and Owner of Sustainable Seafood Ireland
Mark O'Riordan - Hivemind, Co.Cork

More information on:

Tadgh Byrne: https://tadghbyrne.com/
Max Barry: https://maxbarry.crd.co/

Duration: 60 mins followed by panel discussion on the issues highlighted in the film

Age: 12+

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