Public urged to vote for Donegal
DONEGAL'S ongoing food
revolution aimed at making the county famous for
food, received a tremendous boost this week with the
news that Donegal Food Coast initiative has been
short-listed as a finalist for Foodie Destinations
The Foodie Destinations awards are run by the
Restaurants Association of Ireland, with the aim of
finding the ultimate foodie destination in Ireland.
Head of Enterprise in Donegal, Michael Tunney, said
it was fantastic to have Donegal in the short-listed
finalists and he urged the people of the county to
get behind the project in the public vote.
“The Food Coast – Donegal’s Good Food Initiative -
was developed by Local Enterprise Office Donegal as
a programme to support development, growth and
quality in Donegal’s food sector.
In a short space of time, it has become a central
platform for establishing Donegal as a “Food County”
– a place with a vibrant food culture and food
economy and that’s something we are determined to
expand upon,” he said.
Head of Enterprise in Donegal,
Michael Tunney urges people to vote for Donegal Food
Mr Tunney explained
that since the launch of the Donegal Food Strategy
in 2012, Food Coast Donegal has worked collectively
with interested food sector professionals to develop
the county’s base of food producers and allow the
chefs and restaurants to have a wider pool of local
ingredients to choose from.
“There is a new confidence growing in our local food
sector and with the awareness of the Wild Atlantic
Way, more people are looking to Donegal as a new
place to explore and discover,” he suggested.
Indeed, only recently, the county launched its 2019
list of Donegal’s Food Coast Experiences.
“Food plays an intrinsic role in the visitor
experience and the series of food events we have in
Donegal this year, offer a wide range of
extraordinary experiences celebrating Donegal food
and its champions,” he said.
Add to that the county’s growing array of nationally
and internationally recognised chefs, as well as
national and international successes and the Head of
Enterprise suggests the fruits of the work being
done by Food Coast Donegal is really starting to pay
The public will be able to vote for their favourite
destination from noon on Wednesday 24th of
July until noon on Tuesday 20th of August. They can
do this through www.foodiedestinations.ie