This week sees the return of the Foyle Maritime festival and the Clipper boat race to the City. We have hosted the Clipper crews on a number of occasions now and it has always been a huge success, with people coming out in their droves to see the boats, visit the market and join in with the festivities. Its one of the best weeks in the City’s calendar of events! In particular I’m looking forward to…
This is always such a buzz in the air as everyone eagerly awaits the arrival of the boats into the City and to give all the crews a warm Derry welcome! Check out this video of the boats arriving back in 2012 here
These will be set up in Ebrington and comprise of cookery demonstrations from Celebrity Chef Jean-Christophe Novelli on Friday 15th July, as well as lots of demos from local chefs (including Brian McDermott and Ian Orr). There will also be a food pavillion at which you will be able to sample some of our finest regional produce with over 40 local artisan producers.
There will also be a Flavours of the Foyle special seafood zone and you will be able to sample food from 12 of our local restaurants and eateries!
#Shippy of Culture
The sippy of culture team are joining up with RoCo to open a pop up bar along the quay during the festival. This promises to be a super addition to the line-up, with lots of craft beers and all in the beautiful surroundings of RoCo along the River Foyle. Sure you couldn’t beat that!
These markets along the quay are at the heart of the festival, sample everything from local food to food from right across the globe and soak up the atmosphere as you dine al fresco!
Get the best views over the City and all the boats from Legenderry Eye on McFarland Quay
There’s no doubt about it, its the people that make our visitors feel so welcome and our events such as success. The Clipper festival never fails to bring everyone out (we are expecting upwards of 100,000) and the craic is always ’90’. Come along and see for yourself! The full programme is here
We are spoilt for choice for things to do as we also have Music City on – The Villagers are kicking it off in the Glassworks tonight, and later in the week David Kitt, Soak and our own Ruth McGinley will be performing to name a few. Check out the full programme here.
Get out and get enjoying our wonderful City! 🙂
Looking ahead to the rest of the summer, the food tours resume the weekend after Clipper festival. I’m so delighted to say the tours have been a huge success to date, most importantly there’s been lots of happy faces and lovely reviews but also and very fundamental to my personal aspirations for the tours – people have visited new restaurants, sampled lots of local food and produce they weren’t aware of previously, not only this they revisited the places I’ve shown them and bought the produce I introduced them to on tour. Also there have been lots of new friends and connections made. Win win! Love it! If you’d like to come and experience the very best of Derrys food and drink in the company of lovely like minded people then the…
next tour is running on 23rd July –
you can book here to join us!
& Don’t worry if this date doesn’t suit there are more planned here