National Fish & Chips Day returns to celebrate the Irish Italian tradition of a ‘one and one’!
The Irish Traditional Italian Chippers Association (ITICA) is delighted to announce that National Fish & Chips Day will take place on Wednesday, 25th May. Following on from the success of last year’s celebrations, all ITICA member Chippers in Ireland will offer their customers half price Fish & Chips throughout the day to reflect the 125 year old tradition.
Last year’s inaugural National Fish & Chips Day was a phenomenal success with over 180,000 people visiting their local ITICA Chipper to celebrate with a ‘one and one’. An incredible 65,000 pounds of fish and 360,000 pounds of potatoes were used by ITICA Chippers to keep up with demand on the day, with many having to close early as they ran out of Fish & Chips!
To further add to the celebrations, customers of ITICA member Chippers will also be in with a chance to win a brand new Kia Picanto on National Fish & Chips Day. Each customer will be presented with a scratchcard when they enter their local ITICA member Chipper on the day, with one lucky winner of the Kia Picanto, and over 200 additional prizes to be won.
Peter Borza, Chairman, ITICA, commented: “We were completely overwhelmed by the response to National Fish & Chips Day last year. The communities we have been part of for 125 years really engaged with the first annual celebration of the tradition. ITICA members reported two hour long queues outside their shops which I think demonstrates the Irish love for traditional Fish & Chips!”
“We established ITICA back in January 2010 to remind people of the tradition of Fish & Chips. Our aim was also to highlight the heritage behind the Irish Italian Chippers in Ireland and emphasise the important place they hold in modern Ireland today,” Peter continued. “We would like to take this opportunity to thank our local communities for their support and encourage everyone to pick up a ‘one and one’ this National Fish & Chips Day!”
Currently with over 200 members around the country, ITICA was created to promote and build on the traditional values and ethos of the Irish Italian chipper community. All ITICA member chippers carry the official ITICA logo which assures customers of the highest levels of quality and service.
The Irish Italian chipper culture was started by members of the Irish Italian community who arrived in Ireland in the 1880’s from the villages in Val Di Comino in Southern Italy.
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