This year’s Taste of Donegal Food Festival has been widely accepted as the most successful event in its eight year existence by the exhibitors, organisers and most businesses in Donegal Town.
Organising committee member Mary McGettigan told the Democrat yesterday morning, “It has been by far the most successful to date with still a full day to go. Our footfall excluding children has been 16,000 and I would expect today to be one of the busiest days with the good weather remaining with us. I think we could be looking at overall numbers of up on 28,000 visitors.
Thomas Póil, the Man of Aran who has been attending the event from its inception added, “It is the best event in all my eight years.The opening night made all the difference for me - it was tremendous, practically double in volume to previous years. It is by far one of the most successful in the country.”
Local business man Paul Gallagher who also has an off licence on the town’s Main Street added, “We have just been run of our feet both on the stand and in our premises on the Main St. and have been restocking all weekend. It is a credit to everybody involved and ranks up there with the very best.”
Meanwhile a quick phone around to the restaurants and hotels in the town revealed that there was neither a table or bed to be had over the weekend.
On the competitive side, the new Blas Restaurant scooped the overall gold medal in the Passion to Inspire event with Daniel Anthony Cavan’s creation. Other gold medal winners included, Paul Brady, Lough Eske Castle, Shah Sultan, Chandpur Restaurant and Piotr Purol from The Fire Restaurant in the Mansion House in Dublin.
Pictured: You just never know who you might meet at the Taste of Donegal Food Festival - in this case Donegal football stars Michael Murphy and Ryan McHugh. Photo Matt Britton