The Food Summit tokens offered diners "a main course and drink," but the selection left a lot to be desired
The Web Summit 2015, already mired in controversy over the ongoing squabbling over emails sent from founder Paddy Cosgrave to the Department of the Taoiseach, has gotten off to a successful start this morning. But by lunchtime, it turned out that the catering arrangements of the Food Summit had succeeded in emptying pockets and half-filling stomachs.
The annual tech event, now billed as too big for Dublin by its founder, billed its attendees €20 a head for a hot dog or burger, served with a bottle of still water.
Attendees were advised by event organisers that based on feedback from 2014’s Summit, also held at the RDS just south of Dublin’s city centre, a streamlined service offering “a main course and drink” would be available, with food tokens costing €20 per day or €50 for three.
While the stands offered a selection of foods, including blah sandwiches, curries, wraps, and burgers, those who had purchased the tokens for €20 could only avail of one serving. Additional ice creams and yoghurts were also available, for a supplementary fee.
Grumbles of disappointment at what was being served started to appear on social media, under the hashtag #FoodGate:
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I went to have a look at how much food you get for €20. I think I'd feel a bit overcharged at €10, to be honest. #websummit— Drew Shiel (@drewshiel) November 3, 2015
Seriously? 20€ for one dish? Probably the worst marketing for Irish food #websummit— Christoph Speckmann (@speckmnn) November 3, 2015