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Lakeland launches restaurant week

By Rachel Martin

Chefs in the lakeland county are gearing up to celebrate the area's food heritage, with the first ever Fermanagh Restaurant Week.

Coinciding with Lough Erne Food Festival, the nine-day event will feature themed menus, cookery classes and tasting menus across a variety of bistros, cafes, grills and high-end restaurants.

The festival - which is organised by Fermanagh Lakeland Tourism - will run from September 16 to 25.

Among those taking part is Lough Erne Resort chef Noel McMeel. Last week, the award-winning chef, who has taken charge of the hotel's Catalina Restaurant, was commended in Food & Wine's Ulster chef of the year.

For three nights, the historic Enniskillen Castle will host a series of pop-up restaurant events.

Westville Hotel, Saddlers Restaurant and Lough Erne Resort will serve up their best dishes in the grounds which overlook Lough Erne.

Diners will also get the chance to eat at Florence Court and Castle Coole National Trust properties, with specially selected menus prepared by Tully Mill Restaurant. And they can also try their hand at the black pudding recipe competition organised by O'Doherty's Fine Meats.

And during the week, afternoon tea will also be on offer at Belleek Pottery. There will also be a European tasting menu, Game of Thrones themed dinner and a 'comfort food' cookery class on Belle Island, along with seafood specials at Franco's and a special taster menu in the Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel.

Restaurant Week aims to highlight local produce and the wide range of restaurants in the county.

For a full programme of events, visit the website www.fermanagh restaurantweek.com

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