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Celebrity chef Rachel Allen to headline 'LegenDerry Food Festival'

The LegenDerry Food Festival will be returning to Northern Ireland's foodie capital of Londonderry.

Voted Destination Delicious in 2017 by the NI Year of Food and Drink Awards, the two day Food Festival returns as part of Derry City and Strabane District Council's St Patrick's Day Spring Carnival.

The Festival will take place at the Guildhall square in the city centre over the forthcoming St Patrick's weekend of March 17 and 18.

MC for the weekend will be television chef and writer Brian McDermott, who will also be launching his new book.

Local restaurants will be serving up their signature dishes and The Theatre of Food will be providing live cooking demos by some of the top names in Irish Cuisine.

The main attraction for many visiting the event will be Irish celebrity chef Rachel Allen, known for her work on television and as a writer.

Rachel has supported the LegenDerry event in the past and is back again on Sunday March 18 with her first demonstration at 1pm.

The event starts at 12 mid-day and goes on to 6pm when Rachel will be providing an opportunity for visitors to hear first-hand those special techniques which makes her such a leader in the industry.

Rachel said: "When I was asked if I would demonstrate at this year’s event, I jumped at the chance!

"This is such a great food festival as it provides an opportunity to showcase local produce as well as local new talent who may not be as well known yet. It gives them a springboard into the public arena which they may not otherwise secure.

"The location is continually developing and is turning into such a vibrant hub for tourists and industry."

She added: "The food industry is expanding very quickly as we are now starting to realise the importance of eating well and just feeling better about ourselves, that’s what I aim to bring to the LegenDerry Food Festival event."

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