The Taste of Donegal Food Festival is back for a ninth year, with some delicious and gintastic offerings planned.

A weekend celebrating great food and drink begins again in Donegal Town at the Taste of Donegal Food Festival… and we’re loving what on the menu this year.

Over 130 food and drink exhibitors, along with top cookery demos are on the agenda. There will be tastings from an unbelievable variety of artisan food, wine and craft beers in the beautiful tented village on the Pier in Donegal Town.

This year’s Festival opens on Friday 25th August at 4pm and runs until 7pm Sunday.

The Official Opening takes place at 7.00 pm and concludes with a stunning fireworks display of cracking colour over Donegal Bay.

Friday and Saturday evenings end on a top note with gin and cocktail masterclasses on the agenda.

At 9pm on Friday there will be a live gin distillation masterclass delivered by gin ambassador Paul Flynn and distiller James McKenna of Listoke Gin.

The cocktails will be flowing from 6pm on Saturday as leading experts Coole Swan deliver a masterclass and tastings.

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A vibrant mix of celebrities and local chefs will be cooking up a storm over the weekend.

Foodies will learn tips and tricks from the likes of Catherine Fulvio, Neven Maguire, Gary O’ Hanlon, Derry Clarke, Kevin Dundon, Chef Brian Mc Dermott and Máire Dufficy.

We will also have our local celebrity chefs Anthony Armstrong, Maurice Mc Geehan, Kieran Duey, Mick Mc Crudden, Martin Anderson, Martin Hernandez and Zack Gallagher.

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You are guaranteed to be entertained this year by street performers and side-splitting comedy by Ireland’s Comical Celebrity Chef Joe Shannon and comedian Frank Forde in the Cookery Comedy Theatre.

Stilt walkers, a roving clown, Mickey and Minnie and an educational Mobile Farm will keep the kids entertained and educated.

There will be hot competition too, as the 2017 A Passion To Inspire Chefs Competition will take place under the watchful eye of Anthony Armstrong, a judge from the World Association of Chefs Society.

With the extensive variety of products available throughout the marquee your palette will explode from the diverse tastes which will leave you coming back again and again.

Chairperson Ernan Mc Gettigan says “Come along and experience the wonderful food and drink variety available, we promise to tantalise your taste buds and as our caption says, Discover, Dine, and Delight in Donegal Town over this festival weekend and indeed every time you visit this region.”

Admission is €6.00 per adult, €1.00 per child, €15.00 for a weekend pass.

For the full programme of events and regular updates, follow and find A Taste of Donegal on Facebook.