Last day to vote for Derry to become Foodie town

The Mayor Councillor Elisha McCallion and Mary Blake from Derry City and Strabane District Council pictured with Foodie Towns judges Aoife Carrigy, left and Dee Laffin. PIcture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com

The Mayor Councillor Elisha McCallion and Mary Blake from Derry City and Strabane District Council pictured with Foodie Towns judges Aoife Carrigy, left and Dee Laffin. PIcture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com

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The Derry public have until the end of the day to vote for Derry to become Foodie Town of Ireland 2015.

Leading the campaign are local chefs who have thrown their culinary weight behind the campaign.

Derry is the only NI finalist in the prestigious competition run by the Restaurants’ Association of Ireland.

The Foodie Town of Ireland award recognises a destination that actively promotes itself through promotional activities such as food festivals, gourmet trails or farmers’ markets as well as great dining experiences.

With the winner to be decided 50% on public votes and 50% on the judges’ scores, Derry’s top chefs are urging people to get clicking for the city before voting closes today at 5pm.

Ian Orr, of Brown’s restaurants said: “Derry has the best food produce in the whole of the country. We have great suppliers, great food and a great town.”

Emmett McCourt, who was recently appointed Food Ambassador for NI by Tourism Ireland after his ‘Feast or Famine’ cook book was judged best in the world at an awards ceremony in China, said: “Derry has it all in terms of its food, food heritage and culture. Our modern restaurants are up there with the best in the world and our award-winning chefs are some of the best in Ireland.

Paula McIntyre, BBC Radio Ulster’s Saturday Magazine resident chef, believes dining out in Derry has never been better or more imaginative.

To vote for Derry to become Foodie Town of Ireland 2015 log on to http://www.foodietowns.ie/city/derry/