The #FoodGate floodgates open, as Web Summit charges attendees €20 for a burger

The Food Summit tokens offered diners "a main course and drink," but the selection left a lot to be desired

The #FoodGate floodgates open, as Web Summit charges attendees €20 for a burger


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:


This is the supersonic Irish artisan food 20 quid buys you at @websummit disappointing

A photo posted by @brandireland on Nov 3, 2015 at 3:44am PST