Aine joins the Festival with twelve years’ experience in the food and events industry. Most recently, she has been Festival Director for Bristol Food Connections, a city-wide food festival, where she clearly relished the opportunity to develop the festival’s strong connections with local communities and local producers.
As a graduate of Slow Food’s ‘University of Gastronomic Sciences.’ She recently returned to the UK after 4 years of living in Bra, Italy. As a founding member of Slow Food’s ‘Youth Food Movement’ she was responsible for developing Slow Food’s international youth outreach programme.
In 2008 and 2010 she coordinated youth participation at the international bi-annual meeting of world food communities, Terra Madre. She returned to the UK in 2009 to work as Communications Manager for the Soil Association’s Organic Food Festival, where she met Patrick Holden for the first time. After returning to the UK, Aine worked developing content for the School of Artisan Food and in February 2012, joined the Sustainable Food Trust to take the lead on their communications and collaboration activities.