First Tour of 2017

We are so excited, the first tour of 2017 is almost here! Next Saturday 28th January kicks off the start of the tours for this year – come and join us! Tour starts at building Eighty 81 in Ebrington and lasts approximately 4 hours, dress for the weather, wear comfy shoes and bring your appetite!!

BOOK HERE

or contact me at info@madeinderryfoodtours.com

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Next tour Saturday 6th August, £47pp  grab one of the last spaces here

Over 4 hours we will visit 6 eateries and you’ll taste over 30 different food and drinks. At each stop you will get an insight into the businesses and produce. Its a relaxing afternoon, in our gorgeous City and what else better to do than to eat and drink your way around it! Check out some of the reviews here

Or contact Catherine 07716875764 for more information

Sneaky peek into a tour

Some snaps of our tour last Saturday! We had a super bunch of people and the craic was great. 🙂

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There’s only one tour on this month on 23rd July.

We’d love you to join us! You can

book here

5 Reasons to shop local this Christmas

You might be wondering what the big deal is about shopping local, and I know its so easy and convenient to get all your shopping at the big supermarkets or even get it delivered right to your doorstep. So I wanted to share with you, on the busiest shopping week of the year, just why I believe its SO important to keep our money local.

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#1. You will help BOOST the local economy.

Research on spending shows that for every £1 spent with a small or medium-sized business 63p stayed in the local economy, compared to 40p with a larger business. Streets lined with independent shops and cafes tend to be attractive places to be and live. Towns with high levels of independents demand higher house prices, if we want to see more independents filling the vacant spaces within our City Centre and building on the uniqueness of Derry city then we must support those who are already there. Honestly this is so important. Not only are you supporting the economy but you are also getting…

#2. Unique and Quirky Gifts

The presents you buy locally will pretty much always beat those you’ll get in the multinationals. Made with love, handcrafted, local and quality items are sure to get the response you are hoping for from the recipient! And these gifts tend to have great stories behind them, the materials they’ve been made with, the loving business owner who has invested great time and effort into producing them and is generally only too happy to…

#3. Share advice and ideas

When you buy direct from independent retailers, you are buying from people who have a love and passion for what they do. Believe me – you HAVE to love what you are doing because its not easy to run your own business, and I have so much admiration for those who do. When you buy from these great people, 9 times out of 10 you are also having a good yarn with them and this social interaction has been declining with the rise of online shopping and supermarkets. When you buy from your local butcher or fishmonger, I love it when they give tips and ideas on ways to cook the meat or even better sometimes they throw in a little extra. (NEVER happens at a supermarket) you might even get a better deal! You are going to leave with a warm fuzzy feeling and full of Christmas spirit. These are when memories are made, these interactions and gifts are ALWAYS going to be remembered over a tacky, run of the mill soap set being churned out by the big stores.

#4. It makes ethical sense

Who’s guilty of buying blueberries and strawberries in December? All delicious and juicy looking with absolutely ZERO flavour! We’ve lost our sense of seasonality, but when you shop at your local farmers markets, butchers, greengrocers you can be pretty sure that the majority of the food has had a relatively short field to fork journey.

#5. Forget Clubcard and Nectar! We’ve got Independent Derry!

We now even have more reason to shop local with this new Independent Derry card which will entitle you to discounts and promos in lots of our local independent retailers and its a steal at only £7 – check it out here Don’t line the pockets of the big multinationals – invest your hard earned money locally and help the City to thrive and grow.

And of course you can support lots of our local food independents by buying one of our luxury food hampers. Packed full of local quality and delicious artisan products this gift really makes a statement and is sure to wow any foodie!

£57

Buy here

Hampers can be collected or delivered locally for a small charge of £5

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or what about our Deluxe foodie experience – hamper and gift voucher for two food tour spaces for £150. Buy now

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or contact me info@madeinderryfoodtours.com 07716875764

Christmas is Coming! #MadeinDerry

#MadeinDerry Christmas Day

Using all the treats in our hamper with lots of other local suggestions and ideas check out our #toptips for a great Christmas Day!

  • Why not start the day with the delicious Tamnagh Foods Granola, some clandeboye yoghurt and honey along with a cup of comforting Earl Gray Blue Flower suki tea. Or if you need something more substantial a Maiden City Butchers Black Pudding Sausage with Grants ham should hit the spot!
  • Have a different starter – why not have a selection of Broighter Gold oils and blueberry Burren balsamic – dip with some beautiful Scarpello Sourdough available at Warehouse and Green Cat Bakery.
  • Use your Broighter Gold Oils to roast your potatoes- yum!
  • If you are feeling adventurous (and aren’t too much of a trad) you could try serving your turkey with some gorgeous corndale chorizo stuffing – the spices and oils from this give a really rich, spicy, moreish taste. Check out Jamie Olivers recipe here
  • Serve your turkey with a Corndale Ham – taking orders now
  • Get all your fresh veg and spuds from Maydown Farm Shop and #lovelocal
  • I made a new discovery at the weekend from Braemar Farm in Castlerock – Mulled Wine Sorbet! Obviously not part of the hamper but I already have my stock in for christmas day. They have LOADS of flavours and this will be just perfect after a big christmas dinner!
  • Crack open the prosecco and flavour with a dash of Burren Balsamics Strawberry & Mint flavoured vinegar for an unusual twist
  • Nibble some of Chocolate Manors chocolate discs #SeasonsEatings!
  • Impress your guests with a cheese and charcuterie platter full of local cheeses, Corndale salami with Rhubarb and Apple Chutney from your hamper all served with some Dittys Oatcakes.
  • If you are feeling generous you can share some Pop Notch salted caramel with the kids- this is honestly the best popcorn ever – and as their tag line says! #eatmorefun
  • And of course some deliciously buttery Donnybrewer Fudge is the perfect ending to the day!

Available for delivery direct to the recipient (how handy is that!) for a small fee of £5 or why not give a deluxe food experience with a food tour voucher aswell 🙂

Please read here for more information contact me anytime on 07716875764

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I just spent a fab weekend at the Broighter Gold Pop Up shop in Limavady with loads of foodies, the craic was great and the Food Tour vouchers are going down a treat…

Who wouldn’t like to spend an afternoon eating and drinking around our beautiful City?!

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Black Friday Offer!

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For our first Black Friday we’ve decided to offer a whopping 15% off our luxury hampers for Christmas! These hampers have 11 different local products in them, including local Chorizo, Donnybrewer Butter Fudge, Kicks beer and lots more. Check out the pic below and here for all detail. From 9am -5pm today you can avail of the offer and instead of the usual price of £57 you can get it for just £48.45. Heres the link!

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***Please note***

Can deliver within approx 30 mile radius of Derry, if unsure contact me for more detail 07716875764 or info@madeinderryfoodtours.com

All hampers should be stored in a cool, dry place. Please note the fudge has a shelf life of two weeks.

Unfortunately Made in Derry Food tours cannot accept the return of any unwanted hampers. If purchasing hampers as a gift, please ensure the recipient is able to receive the hamper, as unwanted gifts or gifts refused upon delivery cannot be refunded

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Remember we also do GIFT VOUCHERS

and there are still some spaces left on our Christmas Tours!

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**’Sippy Fest’ Food Tour Details**

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So delighted to say we’ve teamed up with the great guys from Sippy Fest and will be running a tour on Saturday 26th November which will finish up at the festival in the stunning Guildhall! These folks know great beer, and we certainly like to drink great beer! Its gonna be great craic 🙂

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The tour will kick off at 12pm and over 4 hours we’ll taste the best of our local produce, get the taste buds going and get everyone in the mood for lots of local craft beer. We’ll visit 6 local eateries and taste over 30 different food and drinks. And you’ll get to hear from the passionate people behind them all!

Great food, great drink, great company – whats not to love?

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BOOK NOW

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Any questions don’t hesitate to contact me on 07716875764

or drop me a line info@madeinderryfoodtours.com

Catherine

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For full details of Sippy festival check their website and facebook page

 

SLOW FOOD FESTIVAL

What a weekend! The Slow Food festival was a resounding success and attracted over 25,000 people. It was a beautiful autumn day, and the City was dazzling!

I had the pleasure of taking a tour group on a special one off ‘Slow Food Tour’. Over two hours they tasted their way around the City and learnt what slow food is whilst getting to know the people behind the produce and also getting to know each other! They tasted craft beers, local chorizo, creamy cheeses, fresh fish, sourdough bread along with lots of other produce. We finished up sitting outside with homemade chowder and some ‘dopey dick’ craft beer from Guildhall Taphouse. What a perfect Saturday afternoon!!!

NEXT TOUR SATURDAY 15TH OCTOBER BOOK HERE

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Slow food is very much what the ethos of the food tour is all about, supporting local, whats grown here not flown here, quality produce developed without use of pesticides and growth hormones, eating in season and reducing waste! It is also about taking time over our food and eating as a social thing – whether that’s eating together as a family or coming on a food tour and eating in great company 🙂 If you would like to learn more about the Slow Food Movement check out Slow Food NI or keep an eye on our website and Facebook for the next Slow Food Tour date!

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We were lucky to have a wealth of local producers as well as cookery demos and a kidz farm all in Guildhall Square. The clear marquee was an excellent choice, really opening the whole area up and the place was buzzing! I just love events like this, helping to raise the profile of the City as a Foodie Destination and really creating a sense of pride and feel good factor in everyone. Thanks to Derry and Strabane council for putting it all together.

Special Slow Food ‘Meet the Producer’ – Scarpello & Co

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Scarpello and Co had a prime stand at the festival, alongside the historic walls and the queues were lengthy, everyone wanting some of their delicious sourdough pizza!

Sourdough bread epitomises Slow Food in terms of the love and attention that goes into making the bread. It really is a labour of love! Also they only produce it in small quantities and supply just local restaurants, cafes and farm shops.

Based in Donegal, Scarpello and Co. was born of a passion and obsession with REAL food. Their aim is to reintroduce an understanding of the importance of pure, freshly baked breads, for authentic, carefully made products, far removed from the mechanisation and mass production of today’s baking industry where additives, improvers and preservatives are standard.

Sourdough breads use a fermented batter-like dough starter to make them rise and enhance their flavour. A portion of the sourdough starter is mixed with the bread’s ingredients, while the remainder is kept and ‘fed’ with more flour and water to use in future batches.

Guests on food tours have been sampling some of this delicious bread and blown away by how tasty it is. Also it is much easier digested than your standard white or brown breads. Winner!

5 questions for Rachel at Scarpello

1. Whats your favourite sandwich? Pretty much anything in between lightly toasted sourdough.

2.How old is your ‘starter’ for making the breads? Going on for 10 years started from our kitchen in Donegal.

3.How long does it take to make a loaf of bread? Honestly, a really good sourdough is made over a 3 day period. Day 1 feed the starter, day 2 make the bread & a long slow rise, day 3 bake & eat.

4.Where can you buy from in the Derry area? Green Cat Bakery Eglinton, Flower Krazy Eglinton, Warehouse Cafe Derry City. Our breads are also put to good use & showcased at Pyke N’ Pommes, Blackbird & Sooty Olive.

5. How long does a loaf keep for? Looked after properly our bread will last a week or more

Our other speciality is Woodfired sourdough pizza showcased at The Taproom Rathmullan.

You gotta try it! There are some spaces left on

THIS Saturdays tour – 15th October.

Spaces are £47pp and you can book online here

or give me a shout 07716875764

I’d love to have you join us and show you all our amazing local produce!

Slow Food Tour – 8th October

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Delighted to be running a special ‘one off’ slow food tour on Saturday 8th October in conjunction with the first ever Slow Food Festival in Northern Ireland! The festival runs on the 8th and 9th October based in Guildhall Square, promoting the best of our good food and food production systems with a commitment to the community and the environment. More information here

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Details and Booking

The Made in Derry Slow Food Tour will kick off from Building Eighty 81 in Ebrington at 12pm on Saturday 8th October. Over approximately 2 hours we will visit 3 eateries and sample the best of our local food and drink and hear about the story behind them all!

It is a walking tour so dress for the weather, wear comfy shoes, bring your appetite and leave the car at home 😉

Spaces are limited, if you would like to book please e-mail Catherine at info@madeinderryfoodtours.com and specify any dietary requirements.

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Meet the producer – Corndale Farm

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In conjunction with this months theme of Love NI Meat we catch up with new local producer Alastair Crown from Corndale farm. Located 20 minutes outside Derry City in the picturesque area of Myroe they are producing the first handmade chorizo in Northern Ireland.

With Alastairs interest in farming and a love for chorizo, this new enterprise was a no brainer! Demand has gone through the roof since he joined twitter back in April 2016, showing just how unique and special an offer it is – now everyone wants some!

The opening of their new shop in Limavady is imminent, and they have scaled up production to meet the huge demand from local restaurants, delis and customers. I’m very excited about it and have been treating my food tour guests to special samples of it. Alastair has even joined us on tour to tell everyone personally all about it and their plans for the future!

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Five things you need to know about Corndale Charcuterie

#1. Corndale chorizo is made with pork shoulder, fennel, garlic, smoky paprika and Alastairs special secret ingredient. Its free from any artificial colours or flavourings.

#2. He farms free range rare breed Saddleback Pigs which give unique taste and texture. All pigs are fed on a natural cereal based diet and allowed to “root about” as nature intended.

#3. Alastairs #toptip is to try it in your scrambled eggs! It is a super handy ingredient to have in the fridge adding lots of flavour to the simplest of dishes.

#4. You can buy two types of chorizo – cooking chorizo or cured. Cured chorizo, takes approximately 30 days to make. It can be sliced and eaten immediately *warning – it’s extremely moreish!*

#5. Chorizo is just the start of a range of products he wishes to develop… he’s not giving too much away – stay tuned! You can follow them on twitter @corndalefarm or facebook @corndalefarmproduce

The new Corndale Farm Shop is located at 1 Anaghloo industrial estate Limavady. Map

***For now come taste it on a food tour! Next dates 3rd & 10th September. Book here***

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***Derry in final 10 for Foodie Destination!***

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VOTE HERE

The final 10 of Foodie Destinations were announced on Thursday and delighted to say Derry is one of them! The title is awarded to places which have a cluster of high quality places to eat and also aims to highlight local tourism initiatives across the country.

The competition was originally run by the Restaurants Association of Ireland  but has become so popular it has become its own entity since last year, when Derry was runner-up! This year we are up against Dublin, The Burren, Kilkenny and Boyne Valley to name a few. 50% of the final decision is down to public vote so get voting…

The judges will be in the City on the 30th August and all our local producers, chefs, restaurateurs and foodies will be showcasing the very best the City has to offer and just why we are worthy winners…

This is exactly what the food tour is all about, demonstrating to both locals and tourists alike, the high quality of local produce, the passion of the locals and the wonderful foodie experiences available in the City.

From amazing Streetfood serving top class wagyu beef to Craft beers and award winning local cheeses we are spoilt for choice here. Every year new food businesses open and the standard pushes higher whilst providing outstanding food for excellent value for money.

To be crowned winner would be a massive accolade for the City and really help to give us the edge in promoting the offer we have here. Voting closes 9th September and the winner will be announced on 29th September. So please get voting and encourage all your friends and family!

If you are sharing any of your food experiences in the City on twitter or Facebook please include the hashtag #Foodiedestinations and show your support!

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If you want to experience it all for yourself come on a tour! The last two summer tours are 3rd and 10th September you can book here or contact me 07716875764