Thursday, 26 May 2022
'Savour the Flavour of Donegal Town' has been announced this week with events taking place from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th of August, celebrating the best of the town.
Donegal Town became Irelands ‘Foodiest Town’ in 2019 and 2022 will be the first year the town will be able to showcase the accolade.
The Concept of ‘Savour The Flavour of Donegal Town’ was part of the ‘Taste the Island ‘Initiative by Failte Ireland. It consisted of various events taking place throughout the town over 3 days. The programme involved foodie themed events with other activities.
The committee have planned a full programme of events for this year, with further details being released closer to the beginning of the festival.
Planned Events Include:
Outdoor cookery demonstrations on the Diamond with local and celebrity chefs.
A Donegal Food & Drink Producers market will take place in a location to be decided.
Local Hotels, Restaurants, Food & Drink Producers, and Food Outlets will create "Savour the Flavour" offers for their menus and on their premises.
A long table event with a menu showcasing Donegal Food and Drink Produce in association with The Food Coast Donegal / Donegal Local Enterprise Office will take place.
Donegal Food Tours will organise a food and drink tour of local eateries and food outlets to highlight the quality of local produce and offerings available within the town and surrounding areas.
Following the success of the introduction of our Cherrymore Kids Kitchen marquee to A Taste of Donegal 2019, the committee intend to continue with a full two-day programme of events with various experts concentrating on an appreciation of food and where it comes from and sustainability and biodiversity in a fun and interactive way which will include Children’s Cookery Classes in several locations throughout the town.
Let’s Play Donegal Town outdoor Play Event will be part of the weekend activities. This is part of the URBACT Playful Paradigm / Playful Town Initiative being led by Joy Harron Acting Senior Staff Officer, Strategic Funding Donegal County Council encouraging play in our public spaces e.g. The Diamond.
Nature Walk; connecting locally with Nature along the Donegal Town Bank Walk by Nature Northwest.
Free admission to Donegal Castle on Sunday 28th August 2022
Free Admission for children to Donegal Railway Heritage Centre on Sunday 28th August 2022
Entertainment to suit all ages.
Chairperson Ernan Mc Gettigan says,
“The Committee sees this 3-day event as an important commercial platform providing inspiration and encouragement for local food and drink producers and entrepreneurs following the consequences of the Covid 19 Pandemic on themselves and their businesses.
This is the perfect opportunity to showcase why Donegal Town became Irelands Foodiest Town offering a unique standalone Food and Tourism visitor experience” Savour the Flavour of Donegal Town will create a distinctive experience by immersing visitors in the best Food and Drink Donegal Town has to offer. Local hotels restaurants, cafes will be creating dishes with local produce that will create a sense of place to include seasonal food and drink pairings, interactive experiences e.g., cocktail making, Wine appreciation
The benefits of hosting a number of children’s foodie themed activities is twofold as it will bring families to the town and at the same time educate children in a fun and interactive way on how to appreciate food.
By including elements of play/activities in public spaces e.g., the Diamond the committee feel that they will have helped to achieve some of the aims and objectives of the URBACT Playful Paradigm / Playful Town Initiative. Whose aim is to develop an innovative concept for promoting social inclusion, active healthy lifestyles & energy awareness, intergenerational & cultural mediation, place-making & economic prosperity, so that we may include play/activity elements to the public spaces. It is all about enhancing the space for physical and mental well-being for all users of the public space”
A warm welcome awaits you so come along Discover Dine & Delight in Irelands Foodiest Town.