Ireland's First International Food and Drink Fair 1988

The Food and Hospitality Ireland 2013 showcase takes place today and tomorrow at the RDS in Dublin. This major annual event is a key platform for buyers and suppliers in Ireland's food, drink and hospitality sectors.

RTÉ Archives looks back 25 years, to Ireland's first International Food and Drink Fair, which took place on this day in 1988. In anticipation of trade barriers being removed throughout Europe in 1992, the Irish Export Board, Córas Tráchtála, invited UK and overseas buyers to the RDS in an effort to boost Ireland's profile as a food exporter. All the stops were pulled out, with trumpet fanfares and mouth-watering displays of Ireland's finest food.

Caroline Erskine reports for RTÉ News on 18 September 1988.

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