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Sensational seafood on menu as Foyle Festival begins

By Garrett Hargan

Seafood lovers are in for a treat this weekend as the annual Flavours of the Foyle Seafood Festival sets up in the Guildhall Square.

Some of the country's top celebrity chefs are on hand to provide live cooking demonstrations.

The festival marquee will open from 12 noon to 6pm each day, playing host to the Boulevard of Chefs, Celebrity Kitchen and a range of children's entertainment for the whole family.

A seafood trail will continue to be celebrated in local restaurants throughout the week following the festival.

Organiser Mary Blake said the seafood trail offers a range of local chefs the chance to share some of their fantastic fish dishes.

She said: “Although our Seafood Festival will attract huge crowds on July 26-27, the Seafood Trail will continue the celebrations beyond the festival.

“From Lough Foyle halibut, Greencastle turbot, to Burtonport crabs, our local chefs and restaurateurs will be creating some culinary magic and spectacular fish dishes.

“Starting on the first day of the festival, and running through the week until Saturday, August 3, and with 23 local restaurants participating, visitors can feast on the very best seafood dishes, sampling a different creation each evening.”

Noel Ward, head chef at 68 Clooney at the Best Western Plus White Horse Hotel, said: “My qualified team and I have created a tasty, locally sourced fish dish exclusively for the Seafood Trail.

“Consisting of six courses, the special will run for the duration of the week,” he said.

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