Flavours of the Foyle festival returns

It will be anchors ahoy for the weekend of 26-27 July as the Guildhall Square magically transforms into a haven of all things sea related for the annual Flavours of the Foyle Seafood Festival, offering a must visit summer event for all the family.

The giant marquee will again host some of the region’s most talented chefs, cooking up the best in locally sourced produce, and with pirates, mermaids and salty sailors aplenty, music and a host of children’s fishy activities, this year’s festival promises to be a favourite for both the young and food lovers alike.

Organised by Derry City Council, the Flavours of the Foyle is sponsored by the Loughs Agency and DARD under the NI Regional Food Programme and is supported by Food NI.

The theme of the event is ‘Caught Here not Brought Here’ focusing on the many culinary treasures found in our local waters.

Speaking ahead of the festival Mayor Colr. Brenda Stevenson invited everyone to support the festival, and said it was a fantastic family event with lots to offer children of all ages.

“The success of the Flavours of the Foyle Festival has been built upon year on year and coupled with the recent LegenDerry Food Festival over the St Patrick’s weekend, we can be sure to expect a first class family friendly event.”

“Children of all ages can enjoy Food NI’s Taste Adventure and Loughs Agency Riverwatch Touch tank. Whilst younger visitors will enjoy free arts and crafts, all ages can appreciate the comedy on offer with Lobster a la Carte, and the singing Cod Choir as this year’s Flavours of the Foyle brings with it a flurry of entertainment. Youngsters will appreciate street theatre and storytelling with ‘fishy tales’, Spreya the beautiful Mermaid, Giant Lobsters, roving pirates and sailors plus a whole host of other fun activities throughout the two days.”

With a full programme Brenda said: “Kids will be sure to get into the spirit as they get a chance to be a part of it.