THE results of our first ‘Great West Cork Food Survey’ are in, serving up an interesting picture of our readers’ habits and attitudes towards local food purchasing and consumption as well as what people are looking for in a good dining experience.
We are delighted to say that participation was fantastic with respondents from all over West Cork, Ireland and overseas and we carry extensive results and analysis across four pages in West Fork magazine, which you’ll find inside this week’s Southern Star.
Some 640 people took time to respond, either online or by post, during the seven days that the survey was open and their replies exclusively reveal, among other things, how often they like to eat out and what they spend on such occasions, what they spend each week on local produce, whether clear food-menu labeling affects their purchase behaviour and if they would spend more on local produce.
It will certainly go down well with local food producers that two-thirds of respondents were firmly behind the statement that: ‘Local food tastes better.’ There was also strong support for local supermarkets and farmers’ markets, with ‘quality’ coming up as the top reason for most people to include local food items on their weekly shopping lists. In addition respondents seemed broadly pleased with local restaurants, hotels and cafés when it comes to dining out experiences, including prices and service.
As well as the food survey, our 44-page West Fork magazine is jam-packed with all the very latest in activity and innovation from the vibrant, local food scene.