From humble beginnings Taste of Donegal Food Festival now attracts Food Lovers from all over the world to our beautiful tented village on the Pier in Donegal Town with the backdrop of the Blue Stack Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.

The success of this three day celebration of great food and drink is due to the vibrant personalities of the celebrity and local chefs who will be cooking up a storm over the weekend.

Foodies will particularly enjoy 120 plus food and drink exhibitors, top hotels and restaurants who will showcase and sell artisan produce, wine and craft beers from all over Ireland and the UK, with tastings from an unbelievable variety of food ranging from, confectionary, specialist foods, meat, fish, and dairy products as well as high profile cookery demonstrations with World Class talented and stylish celebrity chefs;

Catherine Fulvio TV Presenter, Food Writer, Award Winning Proprietor of Ballyknocken House & Cookery School, Neven Maguire, Mc Nean House the Nations Favourite, TV3’S The Restaurant and Donegal‘s Food Ambassador Gary O’ Hanlon, Derry Clarke Chef and Patron of l’Ecrivain for over 25 years ,Supervalu Ambassador “Kevin Dundon, Edward Hayden Tv3’s Ireland AM Chef and Food Writer, Chef Brian Mc Dermott “ The No Salt Chef” Tv3’s Ireland AM “Odlums Lady” Catherine Leyden,Shane Smith Head Pastry Chef and Head of Product Development at Airfield Estate in Dundrum and In-House Chef for Coole Swan Irish Liquor, Gearóid Lynch “ My Gluten Free Kitchen & The Olde Post Inn, Celebrity Chef / Actor Simon Delaney TV3’s Saturday AM.

We will also have our Local Celebrity Chefs Anthony Armstrong, Maurice Mc Geehan, Kieran Duey, Mick Mc Crudden, Martin Anderson, Martin Hernandez and Zack Gallagher.

Exhibitors and Chefs

The event will also include tutored Cocktail and Gin master classes by leading experts Coole Swan, Brendan O’ Reilly Dicey Reilly’s, Ciaran Kennedy Hunny Pots, Sian Breslin Donegal Manor and Cookery School, who will showcase their specialist skills in planning healthy meals without spending a fortune, recipes to keep the body healthy and happy, cocktail making using fresh fruits, proper ice, decent spirits and balanced measures and specialised Gin tasting, “Hunny Pots” tray bakes made from 100% pure and natural local Wexford honey.


The 2017 A Passion To Inspire Chefs Competition will take place under the watchful eye of Anthony Armstrong a judge from the World Association of Chefs Society , Peter Griffths M.B.E., President British Culinary Federation, Gerard M. Molloy American Culinary Federation and Mr Bob Mc Donald, a judge from the Master Chefs of Great Britain. Entrants will be required to cook and present two different dishes, a starter and a main course, each for two covers, showcasing the best of Irish produce.


You are guaranteed to be entertained this year by “Marcel So What Silent Mime Artist” simply one of the funniest street performers in Ireland. He is highly interactive with audiences, entertaining them with a string of hilarious facial contortions and ridiculous poses.

He appeals to both adults and children alike making him a perfect choice for our event. Enjoy hilarious side splitting comedy by Irelands Comical Celebrity Chef Joe Shannon & Comedian Frank Forde in our Cookery Comedy Theatre. Maybe a bit of singing and dancing thrown in!! “Everything in the culinary world that you most probably don’t need to know!! Listen to wonderful live Swing and Jazz music from Adrian Cullen the “Dean Martin Tribute Show”.

There will be lots of crowd interaction amongst the young and old when larger than life stilt walkers Mary Poppins and Lady Longbottom arrive straight out of the early 1900′s with their old world charm, vintage parasol and exquisite costumes.

Expect honking horns, juggling tricks and most of all expect the unexpected from a unique roving clown on a mini penny farthing bicycle accompanied by two of Disney’s much loved characters Mickey & Minnie. Visitors watch your back! No one is safe! Another great attraction will be free admission to Donegal Town Castle all day Sunday 28th August.


This year’s Festival opens on Friday 25th August at 4pm. The Official Opening will be preformed by Sean Duffy Head of Department of Hospitality and Tourism LYIT Killybegs Tourism College at 7.00 pm. our MC for the evening will be TV3’s Star and General Manager of Harvey’s Point Country Hotel Mr. Noel Cunningham. The opening evening will conclude with Pains Fireworks staging a professional ceremonial display of cracking colour over Donegal Bay.

A Taste of Donegal is truly a food lovers dream and will showcase Donegal Town and the surrounding area as a region of high quality restaurants and hotels, with a vibrant and growing Artisan Food Production Family.

With the extensive variety of products available throughout the marquee your palette will explode from the diverse tastes which will leave you coming back again and again.

To quote Chairperson Ernan Mc Gettigan: “Come along and experience the wonderful food and drink variety available , we promise to tantalise your taste buds and as our caption says, Discover, Dine, and Delight in Donegal Town over this festival weekend and indeed every time you visit this region.”

Admission is €6.00 per adult, €1.00 per child, €15.00 for a weekend pass.

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