The hills of Donegal will literally come alive with the sights, smells and tastes of spectacular local produce on Monday 30th September, when some of the county’s most brilliant chefs, create a feast of Donegal food at the foot of Errigal, the county’s highest peak.
The feast, featuring amazing Donegal produce from land and sea, will take place in the courtyard of Errigal Hostel from 6pm and guests will be treated to music and a Donegal drinks reception, on arrival.
Food Coast Donegal and local chef Chris Molloy, have brought the team of chefs and producers together for the event as part of the Donegal Connect Festival and the Failte Ireland’s nationwide campaign – Taste the Island.
That team of chefs includes barbecue specialist John Religan a former head chef at Holy Smoke in Cork and Pitmaster at Jamie Oliver’s flagship restaurant Barbecoa.
It also includes Downings native Ciaran Sweeney who worked at the prestigious two Michelin starred Le Champagne Sauvage in Cheltenham and who since 2016 has been head chef of one of Dublin’s most noteworthy and exciting restaurants, Forest & Marcy.
Also cooking on the night will be locally based chefs, Joe O’Hara who has taken the Donegal food scene by storm with his high-
quality cooking at Benny & Co, Ballybofey, awarded “Best Newcomer” at this year’s Irish Restaurant Awards.
Oisin McAviney co-founder of the popular OURhouse Street food pop-up will also be there, while Chris Molloy, co-owner of the acclaimed Lemon Tree Restaurant in Letterkenny and co-founder of Off the Street Food Fest has been at the forefront of organising the entire event.
Food Coast Donegal has the ambition of making Donegal famous for food and according to Head of Enterprise in Donegal, Michael Tunney, this is achieved by working closely with Donegal chefs and producers to showcase everything that Donegal has to offer.
“Donegal is on the rise from the food perspective and there is a growing pride and confidence in the sector now in what the county can offer visitors and locals alike. That was highlighted by the county’s strong showing in the recent Foodie Destinations awards run by the Restaurants Association of Ireland where the passion from the chefs and suppliers and the outstanding local produce we have here, really impressed the judges,” he said.
Guests at the Feast at the Foot of Errigal event will not only get to witness that passion come alive on the plate, they’ll also get the opportunity to meet with some of the county’s marvellous producers on the night.
Due to high demand, a small number of extra tickets for the spectacular feast are now being made available to purchase, but these are expected to sell quickly and anyone interested in securing a ticket is urged to go online to the Local Enteprise Office Website www.localenterprise.ie/donegal and book immediately.