Derry pipped to coveted Foodie
DERRY has pledged to
build on the city's success as a rising food tourism
hotspot after narrowly missing out to the Boyne
Valley as Ireland’s top Foodie Destination 2016.
For the second year in a row, Derry was announced as
Foodie Destination runner-up after the council-led
bid was a top ten finalist in this year’s search by
the Restaurants Association of Ireland.
Derry was the only Northern Ireland contender for
the hotly-pursued award with The Burren in Co Clare
taking third followed by Cong, Co Mayo and Sligo.
Derry Mayor Alderman
Hilary McClintock pictured with Food Destination
2016 judges Dee Laffan and Aoife Carrigy. Also
included, on right, is Mary Blake and street
entertainers Pierre and Jan du Toit.
Mayor of Derry Hilary
McClintock said the result further raised the
profile of the city’s “unstoppable” food tourism
“Food tourism represents one third of all visitor
spend and, with this being Northern Ireland Year of
Food and Drink, we have taken our Foodie Destination
offering to an even higher level. For the second
successive year, our campaign has been an excellent
opportunity to showcase the city’s award-winning
local food provenance."
Derry Tourism Development Manager Mary Blake who
co-ordinated Derry's bid, said: “We were delighted
to be one of the top ten finalists from more than 30
applications. We poured a lot of information into
our application, turned up the heat with a sizzling
suppliers’ showcase, and then stirred up a robust
online campaign to get our foodies voting for