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

Chefs

2018 Clebrity Chefs

  • Saturday 25th August 2018
  • 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

Programme

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 /

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10th Anniversary

22

Chefs & Experts

120

Exhibitors

36

Sponsors

25,000

Visitors

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Recent posts

  • Wild Atlantic TV & Donegal Daily covering this years event.

    Brendan Bradas O Donnell, John Gildea and Stephen Maguire from Wild Atlantic TV & Donegal Daily making final preparations for their coverage of our 10th Anniversary Celebration. We are buzzing with excitement that these media moguls are going to be showcasing this years Festival!  

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  • Volunteers Welcome

    WE NEED YOU ! A Taste of Donegal Food Festival 2018 is now seeking volunteers to help out at this years 10th Anniversary event. A meeting will be held in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town on Wednesday 15th August at 8.30pm. If you are unable to attend the meeting and would like to volunteer please get...

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    These two handsome devils, Gary O’Hanlon and Martin Shanahan, will be giving a cookery demonstration at 8pm on Friday the 24th of August. This will be worth watching! Martin Shanahan, owner of the award winning Fishy Fishy Restaurant and Cafe in Kinsale County Cork, is passionate about one type of food, namely fish!

  • The Taste.ie

    TheTaste’s very own Keith Mahon will be hosting the official opening of A Taste of Donegal for a weekend of foodie fun. Check out what he wrote about us on TheTaste.ie.

  • Official Launch of A Taste of Donegal Food Festival 2018

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  • Launch of Chapman’s Restaurant at the Central Hotel

    Some of the committee members of A Taste of Donegal Food Festival at the launch of Chapman’s Restaurant in the Central Hotel, Donegal Town. We are looking forward to seeing you at our food festival on the 24th – 26th of  August.

  • NOT LONG NOW !!!

    The signs are up ! Looking forward to our 10th Anniversary Event  

  • 2018 Chefs

    2018 Chefs

    Once again we are proud to announce a great line up of celebrity chefs for the 2018 Festival. These include Neven Maguire, Gary O’ Hanlon, Catherine Fulvio, Kevin Dundon, Brian Mc Dermott, Edward Hayden, Kwanghi Chan, Stephen Mc Allister, Ciaran Sweeney, Joe Shannon & Frank Forde, Mairie Dufficy and Shane Smith. This is our 10th...