Feast at Derry City Slow Food Festival

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Kevin Pyke – Pyke n Pommes. PICTURE LORCAN DOHERTY

Join thousands of food lovers at this year’s Slow Food Festival taking part in Guildhall Square, Londonderry, on Saturday and Sunday, September 29-30.

The award-winning event, now in its third year, promises an exciting programme of events including live music, children’s activities, talks, demos and master class sessions from celebrity chefs including Paula McIntyre, Brian McDermott and Derry native vegan author and blogger Aine Carlin.

The festival offers a unique opportunity to discover a wide range of delicious, local products from artisan producers and boutique breweries across the North West region, all whilst soaking up the family friendly atmosphere and entertainment in Guildhall Square.

Jennifer O’Donnell, Tourism Manager for Derry and Strabane District Council, said: “I am delighted to welcome visitors to our third Slow Food Festival which has grown year on year and is now established as one of the key dates in the Northern Ireland Food and Drink calendar.

“We are keen to continue to build on the awards that have recognised the unique value and quality of our event, including the ‘NI Food and Drink Experience of the Year 2018’ from Tourism NI and ‘Best Tourism Event’ at the North West Business Awards.

“As a council we are proud to work with Paula McIntyre, Director of Slow Food Northern Ireland, and be a part of the global ‘Slow Food’ movement, a grassroots organisation that promotes the true enjoyment of good, clean and fair food with a commitment to the community and the environment.”

The action will centre around the festival’s Main Marquee in Guildhall Square, where the public is invited to visit the Slow Food Harvest Market, which will include fayre from butchers, beekeepers, bakers and artisan makers to name but a few.

Talks and live demonstrations will be available from noon until 5pm each day and will feature celebrity chefs Paula McIntyre and Aine Carlin, and food pairing with local craft beers from James Huey of Walled City Brewery.

Visitors can even learn how to brew their own home beer in 15 minutes from the well-known Thomas Caroll, Head Brewer at Dopey Dick Brewing Co.

All of your hunger needs will be thoroughly taken care of as an impressive variety of street food options and specialist beer garden are available offering local craft beers, cocktails and tasting sessions.

There is plenty available for the children too, as there will be a petting farm, street animation and kid’s workshops where children can learn about food through fun, interactive sessions.

o The Slow Food Festival is free and takes place in Guildhall Square on Saturday and Sunday, September

29-30, from noon to 6pm each day.

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