Five Donegal food business from around the county are the latest to receive official approval to display the Donegal Food Coast brand, following the recent presentation of Donegal Food Coast plaques by the Local Enterprise Office.
The Foyle Hotel in Moville, Buffers at Oakfield Park in Raphoe, Browns on the Green in Letterkenny, Wild Fuschia Bakery in Dunfanaghy and An Dulaman Gin by Sliabh Liag Distillery, have all recently been awarded the prestigious plaque.
Use of the branding permits businesses to demonstrate that they are either a Donegal-based producer, or a business sourcing produce from Donegal producers and are committed to making Donegal a recognised destination for good food.
Businesses that meet the criteria for the Food Coast Certification are presented with a plaque and can use the official Food Coast Certified logo on marketing materials and packaging.
"The role of the food sector is very important to Donegal in that it creates employment and contributes to sustaining our local economy. The Food Coast branding allows a business/promoter to demonstrate their commitment and demonstrate their role in helping make Donegal famous as a food county," Michael Tunney, Head of Enterprise in Donegal said.
He added: "The vision of The Donegal Food Strategy is to collectively work together to make Donegal famous for food and to make Donegal recognised as a pioneering region for its approach to fostering and growing new start-up and existing food businesses.
Donegal's Good Food Initiative aims to grow, support, promote and facilitate the food and drink producers and manufacturers of the region; the retailers supplying local produce and the hospitality outlets working with locally sourced ingredients. As part of the Initiative we want to raise awareness of food from within the county through the roll-out of The Food Coast brand."
In a short space of time, The Food Coast has become a central platform for establishing Donegal as a "Food County" – a place with a vibrant food culture and food economy.
Hot on the heels of participation at last week's Taste of Donegal Food Festival, attention has now turned to the Donegal Chowder competition in Killybegs on Saturday 1st September.
"The chowder competition is taking place as part of the Hooked Festival at the LYIT School of Tourism in Killybegs at 1pm on Saturday the 1st September. We are inviting businesses to participate and submit a seafood chowder for this year's competition," the Head of Enterprise said.
Photo shows Brian McDermott from the Foyle Hotel in Moville at the Off the Street Food Festival in Letterkenny, receiving his Donegal Food Coast Plaque from Patrick Devine of Local Enterprise Office, Donegal.
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