Inishowen is flying back in time this Saturday as it hosts an enchanting, ancient-style banquet in the amazing old round fort of An Grianán Áiligh. Inishfood, the Inishowen food festival, is part of Féile Grianán Áiligh, a cultural festival inside the Inishowen fortress, and this year’s Chieftains Feast is destined to be a highlight of festival.
This Saturday, June 22, the historic site of An Grianán is being turned into an outdoor theatre of food and culture for the night for the first time in 1,000 years.
The authentic menu for the banquet will consist of famous Donegal produce and ingredients recorded as having been used in a famous Ulster feast during the 7th century. The food will be cooked by some of Ireland’s top chefs, including award winners Derek Creagh and Enda McEvoy, as well as Niall Davidson, Rose Greene and Martijn Bauwens, all travelling over from Belgium’s In De Wolf, which was listed as No. 5 in Europe’s best restaurants.
“The sources of the world class ingredients can actually be seen from standing on the walls of the fort which will be amazing,” added Inishfood organiser Donal Doherty of Harry’s Restaurant.
In fact, visitors who want to get outdoors and explore the wild side of Inishowen food are welcome to join Enda and Niall tomorrow in the foraging of wild herbs, seaweeds and plants to incorporate into the banquet menu. The plan is to cook the whole rare-breed Dexter beef over wood on the same day and this will become the centre piece for the main feast. This will be an unmissable opportunity to get a unique insight into how fresh and local the ingredients are, just as they would have been back when An Grianán last hosted a feast.
Top class entertainment will be added to the feast in the form of ancient warriors and some brilliant Donegal musicians, and the fort will be dressed in wonderful flags and colour.
This truly unique and different event promises to be wonderful night and may be a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience a feast of this type and setting.
Tickets for the feast, which starts at 8.30pm, are priced at €45.
For more information go to www.feilegriananailigh.com, follow @inishfood on Twitter, or call Harry’s Restaurant on (07493) 68544 to book.
Tickets for the Family Fun Day, which will start at 1pm on Saturday, cost €5 for adults or €15 for family tickets.