Tasty weekend ahead in Donegal Town

Sue Doherty

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Sue Doherty

Tasty weekend ahead in Donegal Town
A Taste of Donegal is expected to bring up to 30,000 foodies to Donegal Town this weekend. Don’t miss our free 16-page supplement in today’s Donegal Democrat.

A Taste of Donegal is expected to bring up to 30,000 foodies to Donegal Town this weekend. Don’t miss our free 16-page supplement in today’s Donegal Democrat.

This three-day celebration of great food and drink, now in its fifth year, has achieved great things for both Donegal Town and the county in general.

The prestigious event, which runs from this Friday to Sunday in a tented village at The Quay, sees top chefs from all over Ireland, the UK and even further afield, demonstrating their culinary skills here in Donegal as well as more than 100 exhibitors showcasing the very best of artisan food, drink and treats.

This year the Demonstration Area and the main Marquee are bigger, with more space and comfort.

Event Chairman Ernan McGettigan highlights the attractions.

“During the Festival we will have tutored wine and beer tasting, along with food demonstrations.

“Special features will be our high profile demonstrations by Celebrity Chefs Neven Maguire, Gary O’ Hanlon, Jack Stein, Carl Clarke, Kevin Dundon, Brian Mc Dermot, Joe Shannon, and our very own local Celebrity Chefs Anthony Armstrong, Martin Hernandez, Emmett Mc Court. Also featured will be a demonstration by Maire Dufficey from an Bord Bia.

“Master Classes with tastings will be given by: Rob Mc Hardy, cocktail mixologist at Silencio Paris; baker Frank Pasquier of Le Fournil; Brendan O’Reilly of Donegal Brewing Company and Sian Breslin of SiansPlan on meal planning.

He added: “This year new to the Festival will be our Cookery School Live Show with Community Chef Brian McDermott. Entertainment on Saturday and Sunday will be provided by the Dean Martin Tribute Show.”

The influx of tens of thousands of visitors benefits all our tourism providers as well as many retailers. In addition, the fantastic reputation that A Taste of Donegal has built up is of enormous marketing value all year ‘round.

Martina Bromley, General Manager, Failte Ireland North West, explains.

“From a tourism perspective, good food is an essential ingredient to a memorable holiday experience.

Donegal Town and the whole county has such a vibrant food offering with fantastic restaurants and cafes, as well as artisan producers. When we combine with a genuine warm welcome and top class accommodation the visitor enjoys a truly memorable experience. An event like A Taste of Donegal brings an extra element of fun to it all. Young and old have the chance to enjoy what will surely be a great celebration of food and drink.”