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Inishowen farmhouse picks up some tips 04.02.08

A B&B owner from the peninsula was among a delegation of Irish guesthouse proprietors who gathered last week to learn from a celebrity chef how to attract gourmet tourists.
Sharon Moore from Ashdale Farmhouse, Carndonagh said the workshop facilitated by top chef Clodagh McKenna was a great chance to learn more about incorporating local produce into breakfast and packed lunch menus for visitors. “We know from the research that visitors appreciate and enjoy the home cooked breakfasts we offer," said Ms. Moore.
"Using local produce gives us a chance to give that food a strong regional flavour and character."
The two-day workshop was held at the prestigious Castle Leslie in County Monaghan as part of an EU-funded specialist B&B programme. It was organised by the Town and Country Homes Association (TCH), who are leading a pilot project to see 
With Clodagh McKenna were Donegal participants L-R Breid Kelly, Mary Ita Boyle, Clodagh McKenna, Sharon Moore from Ashdale Farmhouse in Inishowen and Patrica Faherty.
35 B&Bs become high level specialist providers in products such as Angling, Golf, Walking, Heritage and Culture and Gourmet.
Clodagh McKenna said Irish B&Bs and farmhouses that use local produce created a much more distinctive and memorable experience for the visitor.
"Taste is the number one sense in terms of recall, so using home-cooked, locally produced food will leave a lasting impression of the region on the visitor," said the TV and former Ballymaloe chef.
Town and Country Homes Association chairperson, Kate Burns added: “A new generation of owners want to explore different ways of offering holidays in Ireland for overseas and domestic visitors and packaging what they offer to make their product more attractive and accessible."
Town and Country Homes is leading the project in partnership with Irish Farmhouse Holidays, Fáilte Ireland, the Irish Tour Operators Association, Northern Ireland Tourism Board and Tourism Ireland.
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