A new online event from Athlone Food Circle.

Athlone Food Circle Event: Engaging with the Media


Leading food and drink writers Aoife Carrigy and Leslie Williams will share their secrets and give you helpful tips and hints for maximising media coverage for your business and the network. This will be invaluable information for anyone running a food or drink business, helping you to get ahead of your competitors in the media. This is a free 90-minute webinar presented by the newly formed network, Athlone Food Circle. It takes place on Wednesday 17th November at 10am and pre-registration is essential. This event is facilitated by Marie Brouder, Brouder Marketing and funded by Westmeath & Roscommon LEADER, supported by Destination Athlone.

Food Writer: Aoife Carrigy

Aoife Carrigy is a freelance journalist, editor and award-winning author specialising in food, drink and travel. She is the wine and drinks columnist for the Irish Independent’s Weekend Magazine, and a regular contributor to Food&Wine Magazine and The Irish Times. She has reviewed restaurants since 2002 (currently for Georgina Campbell’s Ireland Guide), is a judge for various industry awards and an active member of the Irish Food Writers’ Guild of which she was Secretary and Chair. As a former judge of the RAI’S Foodie Destinations awards, she gained a rigorous understanding of the challenges and benefits of developing local food networks, and has worked directly with networks including Sligo Food Trail and Boyne Valley Flavours. She has been employed as an industry expert by government bodies such as Fáilte Ireland and as a consultant to commercial retailers including Value Retail (Kildare Village) to conceive and run onsite food events and pop-up dinners. She has also organised and chaired regular food-focussed panel discussion events, and conceived and ran a citywide Dublin Wine Fest and the Fáilte Ireland-sponsored Irish Cider & Food Day with Great Irish Beverages.


Food Writer: Leslie Williams

Leslie Williams writes the weekly wine column in the Irish Examiner Weekend Magazine as well as a ‘Spirit/Beer/Cider of the Week’ column.  Leslie also writes the Restaurant Review every second week – he shares the restaurant column with a Cork based reviewer so Leslie focuses more on Leinster and Connaught restaurants.  He also contributes lifestyle features to the Irish Examiner on travel, collecting and other topics. Leslie writes for the Restaurant/Hospitality trade magazine FFT www.fft.ie covering food and drink trends abroad and in Ireland.  Since the Covid pandemic this magazine has moved online but is hoping to return to print soon.  He is a Contributing Editor to the John and Sally McKenna Guides to Ireland. Leslie is a member (and former treasurer) of the Irish Food Writers Guild and has written in many other publications over the years including the Irish Times, Food and Wine (Ireland), Irish Tatler and Weirs magazine (on watches).  For several years Leslie was a regular columnist and feature writer in the Evening Herald (on cookery, consumer food and restaurants).  He has written travel pieces and features on everything from potatoes and parties to Parisian bread.  Separate to journalism Leslie teaches wine and drinks courses and does regular wine tastings for consumers and corporates. He has written recipes, edited cookbooks and worked on various other freelance writing projects. A native of Athlone Town (Retreat Road to be exact), Leslie lives in Dublin with his wife and son.


Athlone Food Circle is supported by Athlone Chamber of Commerce and funded by Destination Athlone, CEDRA, Westmeath and Roscommon leader projects and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.