Following its hugely successful debut last year, the Slow Food Festival 2017 makes its much-welcomed return at Guildhall Square, as organised by Derry City and Strabane District Council.
The 2017 event will also showcase the launch of two new products: ‘1689’ Siege Beer by Walled City Brewery, and Tirkeeran Black Pudding by Breslin Butchers.
Both of these products were skilfully developed with renowned local chef, Brian McDermott, to the highest standard. The former product has also been eagerly anticipated by craft beer lovers nationwide.
Taking place on Saturday October 7th and Sunday October 8th 2017, ‘Slow Food Week’ welcomes the public to taste, sample and get on board with a wide variety of food from fresh meat, charcuterie and fish, to fruit and veg, bread and cheese as well as desserts, ice-cream and preserves. Local and traditional Irish heritage dishes will also be served around the festival marquee.
The quintessence of the festival is to get people talking, while keeping up the core principles of food that’s flavoursome, healthy and high in quality. So what better way to learn about your food, than by talking to the people who are behind the production and creation of it all, as well as learning about their story of how it all began.
Among the many talented chefs in attendance next month, both local and celebrity, internationally recognised eco-chef and prominent food writer Tom Hunt will be this year’s special guest to help celebrate the best of local, clean and fair food.
Supporting fair pay and conditions for producers and ensuring such creation does not harm the environment are two key factors of the Slow Food Festival’s ethos.
Speaking about her enthusiasm and delight to be part of the festival again, Paula McIntyre, Director of Slow Food NI and Slow Food UK Chef Alliance member, said that “Now more than ever it’s vital that we support local farmers, producers and growers.
“I’m looking forward to compèring and cooking with Brian McDermott, a strong Slow Food supporter and welcoming Tom Hunt, the eco-chef to the festival. Tom has restaurants in London and Bristol with a zero waste policy and he’s steeped in the farm to fork movement.
“In a world where mass production and fast food is the norm it’s great that people will be able to see how food should be and celebrate our fantastic producers and chefs.”
The festival will feature live cooking demonstrations, the Harvest Fayre with approx. 20 artisan producers, and the new addition of the Craft Beer Garden, in which visitors will be able to sample a number of beers from local breweries.
Within this beer garden, the new venture by Walled City Brewery will be available to taste. Inspired by an ancient ale recipe, ‘1689’ Siege Beer is aptly named from said recipe, which dates back to the Siege of Derry.
As a family friendly event with free admission between 12pm-6pm, there will also be live music and performances by local artists, as well as a petting farm and even a smoothie bike machine – the latter of which is sure to be fun for all the family!
For more information and to view the full programme, visit www.derrystrabane.com/food