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A Taste of Lough Derg returns for 2016

A Summer Series of Food Events as A Taste of Lough Derg Returns

Food producers and restaurant owners surrounding Lough Derg Lakelands have joined forces once again this summer in an effort to promote the region as a food tourism destination. Following on from the successful pilot initiative held in 2014, A Taste of Lough Derg returns for a third year this June and features over 30 food events taking place in villages and towns along the shores of Lough Derg in counties Clare, Galway and Tipperary until late September.

The calendar of events has been coordinated by the Lough Derg Marketing Group in conjunction with the food businesses in the region and was launched this week by culinary icon Peter Ward from Country Choice Nenagh and The Milk Market in Limerick.

Speaking at the launch of programme at The Derg Inn in Terryglass this week, Mr Ward commented that “It’s great to see businesses working in collaboration around Lough Derg. Cross selling, buying local produce, and shopping locally are key drivers in supporting the local economy. Creating events that will entice visitors into our towns and villages during the summer months is a key objective of A Taste of Lough Derg”

There’s an exciting programme of events for 2016 aimed at attracting new visitors to the region and providing them with a memorable food experience. It’s an opportunity to showcase the food produce in the area, some of the quality artisan food producers and established restaurants. Some of the highlights of the 2016 programme include the chance to meet a Beekeeper, take a trip on a kayak, walk some of the Lough Derg Way, experience the work inside a woollen mills, cookery and baking demonstrations and lots more.

Here is the list of participants for 2016;

The Derg Inn, Terryglass
Tuscany Bistro,Ballina Killaloe
Le Bouchon, Portumna
Paddy’s Bar, Terryglass
Nuala’s Bar & Restaurant, Tuamgraney
Mc Kernan Woollen Mills, Tuamgraney
Lough Derg Chocolates, Nenagh
Irish Seed Savers – Scariff
Larkin’s Bar & Restaurant,Garrykennedy
Dromineer Open Air BBQ
Brookfield Farm, Coolbawn
Cais na Tire Cheese, Terryglass
Killeen Farmhouse Cheese & Mossfield, Portumna & Birr.
Riverrun Cottages, Terryglass
Derg Farmhouse Cheese, Newtown
Wilde Irish Chocolates, Tuamgraney
Lough Derg Water Sports, Kilgarvan
The Lakeside Hotel, Ballina Killaloe
Flanagan’s Bar & Restaurant, Ballina Killaloe
Houghs Garden, Terryglass
Scariff Harbour Festival
East Clare Community Coop, Scariff
The BoatHouse, AnnaCarriga Estate, Ballina Killaloe

Locals and tourists are encouraged to take part in the events which run right through the summer months and into September. From Portumna to Killaloe and Scariff to Dromineer, the geographical spread of events allows visitors to discover Lough Derg while getting a taste of the lake at one the many events taking place.

There is a charge for most events while some are free and pre-booking is essential for all. Download the programme by visiting www.atasteofloughderg.ie and follow on facebook – ATasteofLoughDerg. Twitter @atofloughderg #ATasteOfLoughDerg