Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Year of Food celebrations began in hearty style this week with a free Ulster fry-up featuring local produce served to passengers at City of Derry Airport.
Passengers arriving at the airport from Ryanair flights from London and Liverpool were greeted by Mayor Elisha McCallion and local producers armed with information about participation in Tourism NI’s Year of Food 2016.
The Mayor said she was delighted at the Council’s involvement in the year of food and its commitment to hosting a year of fantastic events such as the LegenDerry Food festival in March and Clipper Kitchens.
She said: “The Year of Food & Drink 2016 gives us the great opportunity to build on our designation as Runner up Foodie Town Ireland 2016 and also to showcase our local food producers, tourism and food retailers and tourism providers and promoting the city and region as a food tourism destination.”
Mary Blake, tourism development officer with the Council said the breakfast event at the City of Derry Airport was a great way of affording local producers and food providers such as Irwin’s Bakery, Primrose Café and Breslin’s Butchers, the chance to showcase their food products.
Charlene Shongo, Commercial and Marketing Manager at City of Derry Airport, stated that the airport was absolutely delighted to facilitate the launch.
There will be a strong food emphasis during the year including at the City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival and an Autumn Harvest event in October.