Archive for the ‘Food Experiences Archive’ Category

Big Day out at the Brewery

Come out and join the Kinnegar team at K2, in Ballyraine, Letterkenny for their second annual Big Day Out at the Brewery as part of Indie Beer Week. You can enjoy brewery tours, demonstrations and hands-on practical experiences like bottling your own beer or soft drink. There will also be a range of local artisan food producers to pair food with your beer. The Kinnegar team will also be joined by White Hag and Boghopper on the day.


This event is free to attend but Booking is Required: call (074) 915 8874 074 9158874 or email

Castle Grove’s 2nd Annual Strawberry Festival

On the 7th July, Castle Grove Country House are hosting a strawberry festival to celebrate the strawberry harvest from their walled Garden. The team have decided to make the Strawberry Festival an annual event which is an ideal family day out and an opportunity to see the rich history and walled gardens at Castle Grove:

Admission to the event is free and the event will have:

  • Free Walled Garden Tours
  • Free Cooking Demos
  • Free Cocktail Demo
  • New Seasonal Batch of Castle Grove Strawberry Gin
  • Music by Nasty and the Fantastics
  • BBQ & Marquee on the Lawn
  • Strawberry Themed Menus- House Baked Goods for Sale
  • Kids Face Painting and Activities
  • Free Parking

Wild Atlantic Craft Beer & Whiskey Festival

Join Brendan at the family bar and home to the Donegal Brewing Company as they host a
celebration of Irish Craft Beer and Irish Whiskey along the Wild Atlantic Way. In Ballyshannon,
the oldest town in Ireland, a warm welcome awaits as you learn about the wealth of Irish Craft
beers, including their very own Donegal Brewing Co which is based at the family bar. To find out
more contact Brendan directly.

Booking not required.

Family Fun Day at Dunmore Gardens

Dunmore Gardens, Carrigans, Co. Donegal are delighted to host their 2nd Annual Family Fun
Day on Sunday August 5th 2018 from 12noon until 6pm and everyone is invited. The event will
feature local artisan food producers who will provide samples of their food & drink products.
They will also be giving talks on the day about their businesses & products.

The team from Sippy Fest will also participate and provide a range of local beers from Donegal
and Derry. The Dunmore Story Teller will also be in attendance to entertain all the children
with enchanting stories. Children will also be able to explore the garden Fairy Trail to find the
Dunmore Fairy and there will be prizes for the girls & boys who find the hidden fairy treasures.

The Stunning Gardens of Donegal

The SongHouse and OURganic Gardens are very excited to offer this 4 night package, which includes:

Accommodation at the Song House. Single rooms available.

Visit to Glenveagh National Park, with it’s beautiful castle and gardens Personal Tour around Cluain na dTor Gardens by the owner and creator Seamus O’Donnell, who has built up this artistic and nationally recognised garden over 25 years Forage for wild food along the glorious coastline and woods of Donegal Visit and work in the inspirational community garden at OURganic Garden, worked on with Permaculture principles Breakfast, Lunch and two evening meals included We will take you to two local pubs, brimming with character and craic Transport and personal guides included.

Cost: €390

Register by Contacting Candy by emailing or calling 00353 858893154


Seaweed Foraging at Muckross Beach

Rosaria Piseri of Algaran will lead a guided seaweed foraging session on Muckross Beach on Saturday June 16th. We meet at 2.30 at the Old School Car Park, Carrick. A free return bus will travel to and from there to Muckross. (Parking is limited at Muckross so it is advisable to avail of the bus.) The walk is organised by the Donegal Association of An Taisce.

Producing food and healthy products from seaweed is an almost forgotten part of our culture. Rosaria is very experienced at seaweed foraging. She is a very entertaining expert. The day combines fun with interest. We will have an opportunity to visit the Algaran factory at Malinmore Glencolmcille to see the organic cosmetics, spa and hair care products, and foods produced from seaweed. Algaran guarantees with full documentation that their seaweed is only Irish and local and that it does not contain heavy metals. In addition, its processing temperatures never exceed 30 degrees C in order to preserve all of the goodness of the freshly harvested seaweed.

Wear wellingtons or other waterproof footwear on the walk  – the seaweed will be wet even though the tide is out.  There is no need to book. No dogs (except Guide Dogs) please. Suitable for all age groups. Everyone Welcome –


Cost – Free.


For more information visit the An Taisce website


Leghowney 3rd Annual Seafood Night

Leghowney Community Hall, just outside Donegal Town, is home of the Leghowney Country Market which has been running for almost ten years. This market showcases and sells only locally produced food and crafts which are produced within 5 miles of the community centre.

Local Chef and food promoter Zack Gallagher will lead a team of volunteers to cook a wonderful Donegal Seafood Buffet using the freshest Donegal Fish, Shellfish and Seafood available! (There will also be one meat option for your friend who may not eat fish.)

Traditional Donegal fish dishes like fishcakes in oatmeal crumb, pan fried whole mackerel, baked and fresh oysters, steamed mussels in beer, crab-cakes, hake, and squid will be served along with a selection of modern dishes of salmon, cod, ling, smoked salmon and more! All served with homemade traditional soda breads to the sound of local musicians!

(This is a BYOB event)

Limited to 120 people. Tickets will be available at €20 each.

To book a ticket call Nuala on 086 314 9676 or send Leghowney Community Hall a message on Facebook

Harvest Ball at McGrory’s

McGrory’s Hotel in Culdaff are hosting a Harvest Ball as part of the heritage and culture
weekend. The Harvest Ball will include a seven-course tasting menu which will showcase
local produce from Inishowen and Donegal. Donegal’s Noel Cunningham will be the MC for
the evening and dinner will be followed by entertainment by the High Class Hobos . As part of
the Heritage weekend and Harvest ball local food drink producers including Kinnegar Brewing,
Ballyholey farm and the Haven Smokehouse will be doing talks and tastings on the Saturday
and Sunday.


Host: McGrory’s Hotel Culdaff
Location: McGrory’s Hotel, Inishowen, Co. Donegal

Cost: €45 for dinner at the Harvest Ball

Off the Street Food Festival

After the success of the first Off The Street Food Festival in 2017, the team behind the festival have organised another action packed line-up for 2018. The festival will be two days of live music, live cookery demos, producer stories and variety of Donegal street food vendors. The festival will feature cookery demonstrations from award winning chefs:

  • Kwanghi Chan
  • Ciarán Sweeney
  • Mary Mc Laughlin
  • Garry Mc Peake – McGrory’s Culdaff
  • Shane mc Connell – McConnell Meats
  • Zack Gallagher
  • Martin Anderson
  • Pauline Sugrue – Wild Garlic Table Cookery School

If you are a food business and are interested in trading or participating at the festival please email

A Taste of Summer with Brian and Friends

Arnolds Hotel presents a Taste of Summer, a delicious six course dining experience hosted by the hotel’s new Executive Head Chef Brian McMonagle and a selection of Ulster’s most high profile and award-winning chefs. For one night only, in the seaside village of Dunfanaghy, each chef will be creating and serving their star dish which includes one or more beautiful Donegal ingredients. The chefs and dishes are:

  1. Canapes – Brian McMonagle – Head Chef at Arnold’s HotelCanapes
  2. Starter – Chris Molloy – The Lemon Tree Restaurant
  3. Soup Course – Martin Anderson – Sonder Letterkenny
  4. Fish Course – Dylan Cushley – Deli on the Green, Dungannon
  5. Main Course – Dean Coppard – Molly’s Mill, Banbridge
  6. To Finish – Andrius Zubernis – The Brewer’s House

6 Courses – €65 per person.

Reserve your table today for this six course food experience by calling Arnolds Hotel on 074 9136208 or visit