We got some great insights from our panel of industry experts on the importance of celebrating and supporting local, while examining the ways we can work together to help promote everything that is wonderful about Donegal food.
Our MC for the evening was food and drinks writer, Aoife Carrigy, who was joined in conversation by Irish Independent travel writer Pol O Conghaile, Donegal chef, author, and producer, Kwanghi Chan and chef, restaurateur, and author JP McMahon.
The panellists discussed how Donegal can build on its reputation as a place famous for its exceptionally high standard of natural ingredients and foods due to its unspoilt environment, climate, and richly diverse landscape.
As staycations look set to dominate travel trends in 2021, Pol O’Conghaile discussed how Donegal is ideally placed to build on its travel and food experience. JP McMahon talked about our seafood story; Donegal has one of the longest coastlines in Ireland and produces an abundance of fish and other seafood, and our gourmet restaurants throughout Donegal reflect this in their menus. Kwanghi Chan shared his insights on the importance of collaborations and innovating to create new product lines and revenue streams.
The Food Coast Donegal is an initiative which is facilitated by The Local Enterprise Office Donegal to support, celebrate, and grow the Donegal food sector. Donegal’s beef, lamb, game, dairy produce, fruit, and vegetables are among the best in the world, and the region continues to gain recognition by growing the reputation of its local producers.