Donegal has an exceptionally high standard of natural ingredients and foods due to its unspoilt environment, climate, and richly diverse landscape. The passion and pride of Donegal producers and chefs, teamed with a wealth of local ingredients ensures that the Donegal food sector has something to enrice and delight visitors and locals alike.
There is an ‘Irish Food Movement’ underway and this movement is gaining momentum, thanks to initiatives such as the Restaurants Association National Foodie Destinations Awards. It’s exciting to see how food tourism is seen as the new global trend and even more exciting to see how the industry, the agencies and the public in general, are working together to embrace the development of a foodie culture across the country.
Donegal Town has been announced as the winner of the ‘Foodie Towns 2019’ award. The Foodie Town Award is given to towns or villages where tourism is a primary component of the local culture and economy.
The judges said there was a great variety of dining experiences in the town, in addition to the hospitality and knowledgeability of the locals, and they also thought it was a clever idea to use the platform of the Wild Atlantic Way to help them stand out as a place to visit.
The award comes on the heels of a very successful 'A Taste of Donegal Food Festival' which has really highlighted Donegal both town and county as a great culinary destination.
Donegal also featured in another category with The Food Coast of Donegal coming in third place in the Foodie Destination with Waterford named as the winners.
© Foodie Destinations 2019
Donegal producers are growing in numbers and are starting to make a name for themsleves nationally and internationally, winning awards like the Blas Na hEireann and Irish Food Awards.
The Food Coast – is a regional branding Initiative which was developed by Local Enterprise Office Donegal to support, celebrate and grow the Donegal food sector.
The Food Coast - A Mark of Origin
The mark of origin is an initiative of The Food Coast which aims to celebrate those that make food in the county and the outlets that champion Donegal producers, and this is reviewed annually.
When you see this Mark of Origin, you can be assured that the product is made in Donegal and the chefs & retailers that have been certified are actively working with local producers to bring you Donegal food.
To find out more about The Food Coast initiative check out: www.donegalfoodcoast.ie
© The Food Coast Donegal
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