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Roguey Pale Ale to be launched at new Bia Bundoran Festival

A brand new Roguey Pale Ale produced by  Donegal Brewing Company is inspired by the famous bracing 4.5km Roguey Walk which hugs the coastline of Bundoran in south west Donegal. The ale "captures the refreshment you feel as you stroll along this stunning headland" with its breathtaking views of Donegal Bay on the Wild Atlantic Way.

Roguey Pale Ale will be only available exclusively in Bundoran across the festival weekend!

Brendan O’Reilly of Donegal Brewing Company in Ballyshannon, brewers of the Roguey Pale Ale, said, "we’ve been working with Discover Bundoran for the past number of months on a beer that is unique to the town and that we could launch as part of the new Bia Bundoran Food & Drink festival. We’re delighted to have come up with a pale ale named after one of the most famous walks in the county. It will be available as a limited edition for the weekend of Bia Bundoran in various outlets across Bundoran in bottle and on tap."

Roguey Pale Ale is inspired by the famous Roguey Cliff Walk in Bundoran

Organiser of Bia Bundoran, Tourism Officer Shane Smyth added "we are absolutely thrilled to have a new Bundoran beer exclusive to the festival – one that will celebrate the uniqueness of the locality and of course the warm welcome that awaits you here! I’d like to thank Brendan and the team at Donegal Brewing Company for their cooperation in making this happen. There’s lots of different food and drink related events across the weekend and we’re delighted that so many of the food trade in town have come on board for the very first Bia Bundoran.”

Bundoran Tourism Officer, Shane Smyth, with Brendan Reilly of Donegal Brewing Company

Events during Bia Bundoran begin on Friday afternoon, September 20th and run through until Sunday 22nd. Many of the food outlets in Bundoran will be offering special deals and discounts on dishes – with some created especially for the festival. 

All the up to date information can be found on the website and you can keep up to date on their facebook page at

Embracing Local at the Abbey Hotel Roscommon on Sunday October 20th

The Abbey Hotel Roscommon will host a unique Taste the Island event in the Abbey Ballroom on Sunday October 20th from 2-5pm.

EMBRACING LOCAL is an opportunity for the hotel to give all our local artisan food and drink suppliers in the region a unique opportunity to showcase their produce on the day,” explained Geraldine Grealy, the hotel's Marketing Manager.

"We hope to embrace the concept and meet the makers on a local level by inviting local and regional suppliers to showcase their products here on the day at the Abbey. From organic farm producers, Jam and Brown bread makers to bee keepers, egg suppliers to vegetable producers we want to hear from you” added Geraldine.

Admission is free to the public on the day. Visitors can enjoy Cookery demonstrations from our award winning Abbey chefs and sample some canapés and free goodies from suppliers. We will even have free face painting for the little ones.

Meet the Makers and support local producers in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands.

Exhibitor Stands are only €50. To register Contact Geraldine Grealy on 086 3276584 or email

Sligo Food Trail to host Nine Course Harvest Feast on Friday 18th October 2019

Sligo Food Trail have just announced that their flagship event, the Harvest Feast, will take place on Friday 18th October 2019. This significant gastronomic event is part of Taste The Island, the international Fáilte Ireland food tourism initiative. Sligo Food Trail Harvest Feast consists of a sumptuous nine course tasting menu, each specially created by one of Sligo’s top chefs collaborating with artisan producers. 

The gala banquet will take place at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa and numbers are strictly limited. MC for the evening will be TV3 celebrity chef Shane Smyth.

Marie Casserly, Chairperson of Sligo Food Trail, said “This is an opportunity to showcase both the enormously talented chefs and also the remarkable artisan producers we have on Sligo Food Trail. The combination is truly electric and we guarantee another outstanding event”.

The combination of award winning chefs and the best of local Sligo produce has proved a real winner over the last few years. Anyone lucky enough to be at the Harvest Feast 2017 was bowled over by the incredibly high standard of dishes presented. And those dishes just kept on coming – nine delicious courses, competing for attention. Harvest Feast 2019 will be equally thrilling for the taste buds.

“It was such a wonderful experience for everyone involved, we just had to do it again. The chefs love the unusual experience of working together and celebrating the wonderful artisan producers on Sligo Food Trail”, said Anthony Gray, of Sligo Food Trail, “We are so proud of all of our achievements and have put Sligo on the world culinary map with hard work and dedication from all involved”.

The Harvest Feast isn’t just an outstanding dining experience, it's an outstanding event on the Sligo social calendar. From the Canapé, Craft Beer and Drinks reception at the beginning of the evening to the live music throughout, this is a glittering affair in every way!

Sligo Food Trail chefs and producers taking part in the Harvest Feast include: 
Alan Fitzmaurice (The Glasshouse), Marcin Szczodrowski (Eala Bhán Restaurant) Yvonne Kathrein (Waterfront Hotel),
Prannie Rhatigan (Irish Seaweed Kitchen), Joe Shannon (Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa), Aisling Kelly (Sligo Oyster Experience)

The chefs involved are a truly outstandingly talented group, many are award winning and all are true ambassadors for food in the northwest. They are keeping the menu a closely guarded secret until the night itself, but we can introduce you to the award winning chefs:

Joe Shannon (Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa) - Well known TV3 personality chef who has cooked for all kinds of personalities including Hillary Clinton.

Marcin Szczodrowski (Eala Bhán Restaurant) - Talented Polish born chef with a penchant for classical French cuisine. Marcin revels in creating culinary masterpieces with top quality ingredients sourced in the northwest.

Alan Fitzmaurice (The Glasshouse) - Chef, chocolatier and dedicated forager who loves to take classical dishes and add his own contemporary twist.

Joe McGlynn (Hooked) - Donegal born Joe is head chef at Anthony Gray’s eclectic Hooked restaurant.

Marc Gallagher (Sligo Wellness Centre) - A leading light on the thriving Sligo organic food scene.

Yvonne Kathrein (Waterfront House Hotel) - Originally from Austria, Yvonne has a passion for seafood, artisan foods and local suppliers which is strongly reflected in her menus.

Chris Friel (Sligo Park Hotel) - For Chris, being a chef is a true vocation and classical training an essential.

Mammy Johnstons, in Strandhill just outside Sligo town, is famous for its homemade Ice Creams

Representing the artisan producer aspect of Sligo Food Trail, courses will also be presented by Neil Byrne (Mammy Johnston’s) and Aisling Kelly (Sligo Oyster Experience at WB’s).

Aisling Kelly of Sligo Oyster Experience

Tickets are only €75 each for this Nine-Course Feast

Tickets and can be booked online at, by contacting Marie Casserly (086 3182529) or calling into these Sligo restaurants: Hooked, Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, WBs Coffee Shop, Ósta Café & Wine Bar or Sweet Beat. 

A special overnight rate of €109 single and €119 double is available at the Sligo Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, just quote Sligo Food Trail Harvest Feast when booking!


Bia Bundoran to showcase food and drink offering in Bundoran, County Donegal

A brand new food & drink festival, Bia Bundoran, is set to take place in the County Donegal seaside town of Bundoran, from Friday September 20th to Sunday September 22nd 2019

Announced last January as part of the new season for Discover Bundoran, the food & drink festival will celebrate and showcase the wide and varied range of food and drink available in the town. The festival will also form part of the national offering from Failte Ireland’s “Taste The Island” initiative.

Many of the Bundoran food providers will present special offers and discounts on their menus or dishes, while others will host special events across the weekend to highlight the fact that diners need not wander too far in search of tasty cuisine. 

Events include Wine Tasting at Fitzgerald’s Bistro, a Food & Foto Tour whereby participants can learn how to take better photos of their food for social media, a Gin Masterclass with an expert from the Sliabh Liag Distillery, a tour of the Community Garden to learn what grows in Bundoran and a family friendly Foraging talk with Forager Fred.

A Limited Edition Beer, Roguey Pale Ale, (the name is Inspired by the famous bracing walk around the cliffs of Bundoran) has been especially commissioned for the Bia Bundoran event. Made by the Donegal Brewing Company, the ale will have it's official launch at the Official Festival Launch in Madden’s Bridge Bar at 6pm on Friday 20th September. (All Welcome!)

Bundoran Tourism Officer Shane Smyth who is coordinating the event said, "There’s a huge demand for food events and it’s been something that has been missing from the Calendar of Events for some time now. We have been delighted with the enthusiasm shown by the various food providers in Bundoran who have embraced the need for this type of event." 

Shane added, "We are blessed with so many food and drink offerings in the town from home grown and home baked goods to specialised coffee shops and quirky cafes that offer a wonderful choice to residents and visitors alike. We look forward to seeing everyone for our first Bia Bundoran weekend this September."

Many of the events require pre-booking and all information can be found on the Bia Bundoran website at where a copy of the festival programme can also be downloaded.

See you there!


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