Derry has narrowly missed out in claiming the top prize in a Restaurant Association of Ireland competition.
The winner of Foodie Towns 2015 has been announced as The Burren. Following a few weeks of applications, visits by judges to the entrants towns and almost 9,000 online votes being cast, the winner was announced at a private event in Dublin where representatives from each destination gathered to hear the result.
Organisers of the event said: “The runner up announced was Derry, who also performed very well in the competition and have proved themselves to be one of the top foodie destinations in Ireland. They were very narrowly beaten and gained the biggest amount of public votes. Derry is certainly a big contender for next year’s competition – ones to watch for sure.”
Speaking about the The Burren in Co Clare, the chair of the Irish Food Writers Group Aoife Carrigy said: “It was so encouraging to see the high standard of applications for this year’s Foodie Towns competition – to reach the Top 10 alone was a real achievement for each of these destinations, given the competitive calibre. But what made The Burren stand out as exemplary was the comprehensiveness of their food offering from field – or in their case, fertile rock – through to fork. Food-loving tourists to The Burren are in for an intriguing treat.”
Along with the winner The Burren and the Runner Up Derry, the remaining eight finalists, who were commended for reaching the top were Boyne Valley, Dungarvan, Howth, Kilkenny, Kinsale. Loop Head Peninsula, Sligo and West Cork.