LONDONDERRY continues to build on its growing foodie reputation with its biggest ever Slow Food Festival running this week until Sunday – the only one of its kind in Northern Ireland.
The Walled City has won numerous awards for this event in previous years (including ‘NI Food and Drink Experience of the Year 2018’ from Tourism NI and ‘Best Tourism Event’ at the North West Business Awards), which bodes well for those attending.
You can expect the best of local produce over the course of the festival which has been extended to five days from two to allow visiting foodies a greater opportunity to sample the best the North West has to offer.
One of the highlights is the show-stopping Taste of LegenDerry Slow Food Dining Experience tomorrow (Friday). Over the course of the evening, attendees will come together at long tables to experience flavours from the shores of Lough Foyle to the foot of the Sperrins, all paired with locally crafted beers. Local producers and suppliers will be on hand to discuss the menu.
The festival will be the perfect launching pad for Foyster LegenDerry Oyster Stout while a beer masterclass, beer & cheese tour, food tour of Derry and walking tour of Dart Mountain to see the art of craft cheese production all offer unique food experiences.
There will also be demos and masterclasses with television chefs Catherine Fulvio and Jenny Bristow as well as local chefs hosted by Northern Ireland’s Slow Food Director and celebrity chef in her own right, Paula McIntyre, along with street food and the central Harvest Market marquee.
Family events offer children the chance to get on board the slow food movement with a ‘Heart of the Park’ wild cookery experience when ingredients from the garden in St Columb’s Park will be used by kids who then design and cook their own campfire food. Elsewhere, an urban beekeeper will be on hand, as well as a kids farm and workshops!