Calling all foodies! The 2018 'A Taste of Donegal Festival' takes place from Friday August 25thuntil Sunday August 27th, the perfect chance to book a weekend away at Donegal’s Lough Eske Castle hotel and kill two (tasty) birds with one stone!

If you ever needed an excuse to visit the county dubbed “the coolest place on the planet” by Lonely Planet this is it; Lough Eske Castle’s “Gourmet Getaway” package ties in with this delightful weekend of delicious local food offerings with rates for two nights B&B and one evening meal in a Deluxe Guestroom for €716.00 for two people. For a one-night stay which includes dinner, and bed & breakfast in a Deluxe Guestroom, the special rate is €406 per couple.

This year marks the ninth anniversary of the food festival which has gone from strength to strength with food enthusiasts coming from far and wide to sample the culinary delights of Donegal. Lough Eske Castle is only hop, skip and a jump from the festival’s location in nearby Donegal town and offers the perfect place to stay for some downtime after sampling all those oysters, Guinness and seafood on offer. 

The hotel is in a picture-perfect setting, close to the foothills of the spectacular Bluestack Mountains, about 5 kms from Donegal town. This year’s event promises to be even bigger and better with large marquees planned to hold exhibitors, as well as all the food tasting, demos, music and everything else to see and do over the weekend. 

Between 25,000 and 28,000 people attended last year’s event and it is expected that the 2018 festival will be an even bigger success attracting thousands more. Some famous names in the world of Irish cuisine are already booked to appear at the festival, such as Neven Maguire, Catherine Fulvio and Kevin Dundon who will be giving demos throughout the weekend. 

A fireworks display is scheduled for the opening night, which will provide spectators with an unforgettable visual of the night sky over Donegal Bay. There will also be live entertainment and fun and games for the kids, the perfect Irish getaway if the rain stays away!

To book your room at Lough Eske Castle

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