Culinary class on the crest of a wave at Clipper Race Kitchens
NI Year of Food and Drink
Published July 15, 2016
Foodies will have tasted the best of continental cuisine at the Foyle Maritime Festival currently in full swing in Derry and culinary class is again riding the crest of a wave at the Clipper Race Kitchens at Ebrington Square.
Internationally renowned French chef Jean-Christophe Novelli will join NI culinary maestros Jenny Bristow, Paula McIntyre, Noel McMeel, Brian McDermott and Ian Orr, for the gastronomic gala which kicked off yesterday (Thursday, July 14th) and runs until Friday, July 17th as part of the wider Foyle Maritime Festival hosted by Derry City and Strabane District Council.
Clipper Race Kitchens, which is expected to be one of the highlight events of Northern Ireland Year of Food and Drink 2016, will feature popular local restaurants cooking signature dishes to ‘try and buy’ from around £5 and live cookery demos and sampling in the huge Clipper Race Kitchen marquee, which will also incorporate an impressive Flavours of the Foyle showcase.
Other elements of the four-day extravaganza include the Clipper Race Food Pavilion marquee showcasing top local artisan food producers while the Clipper Race Village will be the ‘go to’ destination for the finest locally sourced street food.
Clipper Race Kitchens is supported by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs NI Agri Food Programme, Tourism NI and Loughs Agency through the Sustainable Development Fund.
Mayor of Derry and Strabane, Alderman Hilary McClintock, is impressed by the stellar line-up of award-winning visiting and local chefs. Special guest chef Jean-Christophe Novelli will be cooking at Clipper Race Kitchens from 1.30pm-5pm today (Friday, July 15th) while a host of local celebrity chefs and award-winning restaurant talent have demo slots throughout the four-day event. Admission is free.
Mary Blake, Council’s Tourism Development Officer, said Clipper Race Kitchens would build on the success of the three-day LegenDerry Food Festival which attracted 38,000 visitors to the city in March this year and its very worthy place as runner-up in the Foodie Towns Ireland competition last year.
“Clipper Race Kitchens will celebrate everything that is superb about our local food offer,” she said. “Having tasted the best of continental cuisine, festival-goers are also invited to taste the best of what is grown here not flown here, cured and matured here, and through the Flavours of the Foyle showcase, the best of what is caught here, hook line and sinker!”
Michele Shirlow, board member with Tourism NI and CEO of Food NI, said they were delighted to be supporting Clipper Race Kitchens, showcasing LegenDerry food and produce from across the region during NI Year of Food and Drink.
“This is an excellent platform to profile the city as a leading food destination with international appeal, particularly following the city’s success last year in the Foodie Towns competition.
“Food NI are all about showcasing the finest food and drink from Northern Ireland. With over 350 members from across the food and drink industry, we promote the people who produce it, rear it, make, catch and cook it, and those who distribute it to shops and catering outlets. We believe we have world class ingredients and chefs and we work tirelessly to get that message out near and far.
“Collectively, we are telling people here and abroad about the products and the enterprising and creative people behind them and encouraging consumers to opt for local food and drink because it is of the highest quality.”
The family-friendly Clipper Race Kitchens event will also have a kids zone with arts and crafts, water boats, jungle playground, and chairoplanes in Ebrington Square. For more details, visitwww.foylemaritimefestival.com
CAPTION: Mayor Hilary McClintock with, from left, Michele Shirlow, Board Member Tourism NI and CEO Food NI and, John Pollock, CEO, Loughs Agency and, on right, Mary Blake, Tourism Development Officer, Derry City and Strabane District Council
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