The LegenDerry Food Festival is a 3 day food and family entertainment festival showcasing the wealth and range of local food stuffs on offer from Derry, the wider North West and rest of Northern Ireland, as well as the quality of producers and chefs in the region.
With themes from ‘plot to plate’ and ‘grown here not flown here’ it celebrates all that is local, and offers live cook off, celebrity chef demonstrations and family activities.
The event, which forms part of the wider St Patrick’s Spring Carnival, will run from 15th – 17th March inclusive from 12 noon – 6pm daily in the festival marquee and the Guildhall.
Handmade fudge and chocolates, sourdough bread and goat burgers will be among the fantastic fare on offer in the city.
Guildhall Square will be filled with mouth watering aromas drifting from the immense marquee which will house a feast of local produce given the star treatment by some of the biggest names in Irish cooking, and the very best local chefs. The event is organised by Derry City Council with support from Food NI and NITB.
From RTE’s Nevin Maguire to BBC Radio Ulster’s Paula McIntyre, there’ll be demos and tastings aplenty. Compere Brian McDermott aka ‘The No Salt Chef’ will be introducing chefs from Derry who will be sharing recipes and staging live cook offs throughout the weekend. Seven local producers will also be showcasing a range of quality regional produce, including Broughgammon Farm’s cabrito burritos made with meat reared near Ballycastle, as well as a wide range of handmade baked goods.
Among the local talents revealing the secrets of their signature dishes will be chefs from La Sosta, Browns, The Sooty Olive, The Custom House, Harry’s, Primrose Café and many more. Irish Chef of the Year 2013, Ian Orr, will talk about the importance of local supply and celebrity chefs will share their insider tips. There will be many opportunities to try and buy some of the finest local products, including award-winning delights like Abernethy Butter, Broighter Gold rapeseed oil, Passion Preserved chutneys and relishes and Braemar Farm ice-cream, as well as a whole host of freshly prepared dishes.
During the festival, nutritionist Jane McClenaghan will be giving a talk and signing copies of her new cookbook and local chef Emmet McCourt will also be there with his new book Feast or Famine, charting the fascinating food history of the North West. Street food is also a growing trend and Tricycle Trading’s and Pyke and Pommes sweet and savoury offerings are sure to please.
We can’t promise good weather, but we can promise great foodie fun this St Patrick’s weekend.