A Taste of Donegal
Food Festival
Discover, Dine & Delight
Donegal Town


2018 Clebrity Chefs

  • Saturday 25th August
  • 2:15 pm

Neven Maguire

Ambassador for The Association Of Home Economics Teachers in Ireland

  • Saturday 25th August 2018
  • 3:15 pm

Kevin Dundon

Dunbrody Country House Hotel & Restaurant

  • Saturday 25th August 2018
  • 1:15 pm

Gary O'Hanlon

Baxterstorey Ireland

  • Friday 24th August 2018
  • 4:15 pm

Brian MCDermott

Ulster Food Hero

  • Sunday 26th August 2018
  • 2:55 pm

Catherine Fulvio

Ballyknocken House & Cookery School

  • Saturday 25th August 2018
  • 12:30 pm

Edward Hayden

TV3’S Ireland AM

Comedy Cookery Theatre

  • Sunday 26th August 2018
  • 5:00 pm

Joe Shannon

TV3’s Ireland AM

  • Sunday 26th August 2018
  • 1:15 pm

Shane Smith

Saturday & Sunday AM TV3

  • Friday 24th August 2018
  • 8:00 pm

Stephen McAllister

The Pig's Ear Restaurant

  • Sunday 26th August 2018
  • 4:00 pm

Kwanghi Chan

Founder of ChanChan Sauces

  • Sunday 26th August 2018
  • 2:00 pm

Máire Dufficy

Bord Bia’s Regional Food Advisor

  • Sunday 26th August 2018
  • 12:30 pm

Ciaran Sweeney

Michelin Bib Gourmand Forest & Marcy

  • Saturday 25th August 2018
  • 5:00 pm

Anthony Armstrong

The Nesbitt Arms Hotel Ardara

  • Friday 24th August 2018
  • 5:15 pm

Kieran Duey

Nancy's Barn, Ballyliffen

  • Sunday 26th August 2018
  • 11:45 am

Martin Anderson

” Fat Chef Slim”

  • Saturday 25th August 2018
  • 11:45 am

Martin Hernandez

La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant

  • Saturday 25th August 2018
  • 11.00 am

Zack Gallagher

Irish Food Tours & Food Tourism

Comedy Cookery Theatre

  • Sunday 26th August 2018
  • 5:00 pm

Frank & Joe's Comedy Cookshow

Frank Forde & Joe Shannon

  • Friday 24th August 2018
  • 6:00 pm

Chris Mc Menamin

Head Chef at Harvey's Point Hotel

  • Friday 24th August 2018
  • 6:00 pm

Colin Mc Kee

Senior Sous Chef at Harvey’s Point Hotel


Our Three Day Event Programme

  • 4.00pm
    Festival Opens:Brian McDermott / Food and Drink Exhibitors selling produce, with Tastings. MC of the Demonstration Marquee throughout the weekend will be Celebrity Chef Brian Mc Dermott Ulster Food Hero & Author of Donegal Table. /
  • 4.15pm
    Cookery Demonstration:Brian McDermott / Celebrity Chef Brian Mc Dermott ”The No Salt Chef”, RTE’s Today Programme. /
  • 5.15pm
    Cookery Demonstration:Kieran Duey Nancy’s Barn Ballyliffen & 2017 All-Ireland Chowder Champion. /
  • 6.00pm
    Cookery Demonstration:Chris Mc Menamin & Colin Mc Kee Harvey’s Point Hotel. /
  • 7.00pm
    Official Opening:Jules & Keith Mahon, founders of the Award Winning TheTaste.ie Digital Magazine Music: The Dean Martin Tribute Show. MC for the Evening: TV3’s Mr Noel Cunningham. Presentations: The 2018 A Passion to Inspire Chefs Competition Awards. /
  • 8.00pm
    Cookery Demonstration:Celebrity Chef Stephen Mc Allister The Pig’s Ear Restaurant accompanied by Gary O’ Hanlon Baxterstorey Ireland. /
  • 9.00pm
    Gin MasterclassFormer World Cocktail Champion Deirdre Byrne and Distiller Sean Hanrahan Sliabh Liag Distillery. /
  • 10.00pm
    Fireworks DisplayShort Fireworks Display over Donegal Bay by Pains Fireworks. (Weather permitting). /
  • Entertainment:Marcel Silent Clown Mime Artist • The Dean Martin Tribute Show. /
  • 11.00am
    Festival Opens
  • 11.00am
    Cookery Demonstration:Local Celebrity Chef Zack Gallagher, Irish Food Tours & Food Tourism /
  • 11.45am
    Cookery Demonstration:Local Celebrity Chef Martin Hernandez La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant Donegal Town. /
  • 12.30pm
    Cookery Demonstration:Celebrity Chef Edward Hayden, TV3’s Ireland AM, & Woman’s Way Magazine /
  • 1.15pm
    Cookery Demonstration:Celebrity Chef Gary O’ Hanlon Baxterstorey Ireland & TV3’s The Restaurant. /
  • 2.15pm
    Cookery Demonstration:Celebrity Chefs Neven Maguire, The Association of Teachers of Home Economics in Ireland Ambassador & “Ulster Food Hero” Brian Mc. Dermott Sponsored by AIB Bank Donegal Town. /
  • 3.15pm
    Cookery Demonstration:Celebrity Chef Kevin Dundon sponsored by Kavanagh’s Supervalu. /
  • 4.15pm
    Live Craft Beer:Hosted by Brendan O’ Reilly Donegal Brewing Company / Dicey Reillys /
  • 5.00pm
    Cookery Demonstration:Local Award winning Chef Anthony Armstrong WACS, & Nesbitt Arms Hotel, Ardara. /
  • 6.00pm
    Masterclass:Masterclass: Cocktails hosted by Coole Swan. /
  • EntertainmentThe Wobbly Circus Walkabout Street Entertainers. Marcel Silent Clown Mime Artist. Meet and Great with Mickey & Minnie. /
  • 11.00am
    Festival Opens
  • 11.15am
    Cookery Demonstration:Ciaran Kennedy Hunny Pots /
  • 11.45am
    Cookery Demonstration:Local Celebrity Chef Martin Anderson “Sonder”Letterkenny. /
  • 12.30pm
    Cookery Demonstration:Celebrity Chef Ciaran Sweeney Michelin BIB Gourmand Forest & Marcy. /
  • 1.15pm
    Cookery Demonstration:Celebrity Chef Shane Smith, Saturday & Sunday Am TV3 & In-House Chef Coole Swan Irish Liquor /
  • 2.00pm
    Cookery Demonstration:Celebrity Chefs Máire Dufficy Bord Bia & “Ulster Food Hero” Brian Mc Dermott. /
  • 2.45pm
    Frank PasquierFrank Pasquier Donegal Craft Bakery /
  • 2.55pm
    Cookery Demonstration:Celebrity Chef Catherine Fulvio TV Presenter Food Writer – Award-Winning Proprietor of Ballyknocken House & Cookery School. Presentations: To the winners of the Exhibitor Competitions. /
  • 4.00pm
    Cookery Demonstration:Kwanghi Chan Founder of ChanChan Sauces & Bord Bia Shanghai Ambassador. /
  • 5.00pm
    Cookery Demonstration:Comedy Cookery Theatre with Celebrity Chef Joe Shannon, Radisson Blu & TV’3 & Comedian, Frank Forde. /
  • Entertainment:The Wobbly Circus Walkabout Street, Children’s Entertainer Mr Majestic /



Places to Stay

Places to Eat

Local Restaurants & Cafes

Car Parking

Where to Park

Local Amenities

Places of Interest


11th Anniversary


Chefs & Experts








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