A Taste of Lough Derg returns for a fifth year

A Taste of Lough Derg returns for a fifth year

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A Taste of Lough Derg, now in its fifth successive year, will return this summer to feature over 30 food events taking place in villages and towns along the shores of Lough Derg.

The initiative is coordinated and supported by the Lough Derg Marketing Group and sees businesses from Clare, Galway and Tipperary coming together to host food events to promote the Lough Derg Lakelands.

The calendar of events was officially launched in the stunning surrounds of Portumna Castle and newly opened tea rooms by Sinead Hennessy, Fáilte Ireland’s Food Tourism Officer, earlier this week. The series is as a key guide in bringing visitors to the best destinations along the lake where an array of activities are on offer coupled with high quality food experiences and something to suit everyone’s taste buds.

The offerings will entice visitors, domestic and international, to linger and enjoy the unique and vibrant setting of Lough Derg with events like; Paddle Picnics; Taste and Make Chocolate Sessions; Yoga in Nature; Meet the Cheesemaker; Guided Foraging; Mindful Bread Making; BBQ’s; Garden Tours, Afternoon Tea and Tapas nights.

Sinead Hennessy from Fáilte Ireland complimented the Lough Derg Marketing Group and the food and activity businesses around Lough Derg for engineering such a large programme of events for 2018.

“Providing immersive experiences centering on Irish food and drink is a key objective for Fáilte Ireland and our recently published ‘Food and Drink Strategy 2018 – 2023’ and it’s clear the businesses around Lough Derg have embraced this. With a packed calendar of 38 events she added that “the businesses have focused on creating events that encourage visitor participation such as hands-on food making experiences, physical activities, fun and informative presentations. The series will also create an awareness locally of the quality food providers, award-winning restaurants, and artisans that exist on their own doorstep,” she said.

Also speaking at the launch of the calendar of events was Joe MacGrath, Chairperson of the Lough Derg Marketing Group, “The coordination of events held each year has more than succeeded in meeting the initial objective of the Lough Derg Marketing Group of showcasing the local food offering around Lough Derg and getting food businesses to collaborate.”

He added, “With the launch of the Lough Derg Blueway earlier this year we now have an excellent tourism product to attract more domestic and international visitors to the region, A Taste of Lough Derg adds another dimension to the offering visitors can enjoy on the Lough Derg Blueway in counties Clare, Tipperary and Galway.”

All events are listed on www.atasteofloughderg.ie and most need to be booked in advance.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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