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Chef Turner prize draw at LegenDerry Food Festival

NI Year of Food and Drink

Posted by Tourism NI

Published February 15, 2017

The LegenDerry Food Festival, recently named Best Food Event in Northern Ireland, is to host TV chef Brian Turner as part of this year’s programme.

Chef Turner prize draw at LegenDerry Food Festival

Chef Brian Turner will appear at the LegenDerry Food Festival over St Patrick's weekend

A regular of BBC’s ‘Ready Steady Cook’ Brian will appear in ‘Destination Delicious’ as part of Derry City and Strabane District Council’s award-winning event. LegenDerry takes place this year between March 17th and 19th and is supported by Tourism NI and DAERA’s NI Regional Food Programme as part of Council’s St Patrick’s Spring Carnival. Last year’s event scooped the Best NI Food Event at Tourism NI’s Year of Food and Drink Awards in February where Derry was also named winner of the ‘Destination Delicious’ category.

Brian will join a host of homegrown celebrity chefs including Jenny Bristow, Paula McIntyre and Brian McDermott for the region’s premier food festival, which coincides with the St Patrick’s weekend celebrations. Mayor of Derry and Strabane, Alderman Hilary McClintock, said she was delighted with Council’s programme, which follows a packed itinerary during 2016’s Year of Food and Drink.

“LegenDerry Food Festival will run for three days across three zones with a feast of family-friendly activities for everyone to enjoy,” she said. “As well as all the live cookery demos and delicious food on offer for visitors in Guildhall Square, our top regional producers will showcase an array of mouth-watering products in the LegenDerry Food Hall in the Guildhall’s Main Hall.”

The London-based culinary guru will wow foodie fans on Saturday, March 18th with demos in the impressive Festival marquee, which will dominate Guildhall Square for the weekend. The Yorkshire-born TV chef and restaurateur said he couldn’t wait to visit LegenDerry, which judges at the Year of Food and Drink Awards described as a “massive success”, attracting more than 36,000 visitors as a two-day event last year.

“I am delighted to be taking part in Derry City and Strabane District Council’s LegenDerry Food Festival which was NI’s Best Food Event during Year of Food and Drink and has done so much to put the region on the map as a leading international food tourism destination,” said Brian. “I’ve heard fantastic reports about the city and district’s famous hospitality and am eagerly looking forward to meeting chefs, producers and visitors who will be flocking to Derry~Londonderry & the North West which is Northern Ireland’s ‘Destination Delicious’.”

Brian McDermott - resident chef on RTE’s Today Show - will compere the culinary action on the main stage in the LegenDerry marquee’s Theatre of Food on Saturday, March 18th. Two of our best-known female chefs will double up on Sunday, March 19th with Paula McIntyre compering the demos headlined by the ever-popular Jenny Bristow.

Another well-known chef still to be announced will headline the opening day of LegenDerry on Friday, March 17th with Barbara Collins, the experienced broadcaster and Irish Food Writers’ Guild member as guest compere.

A fine selection of local restaurants and hotels will also be cooking up a storm on the Boulevard of Chefs within the Festival marquee with a selection of signature dishes to try and buy. Street vendors will also tantalise the taste buds with sweet and savoury culinary delights against the backdrop of the historic City Walls in Guildhall Square.

The carnival atmosphere will be enhanced by live musical performances, street theatre and LegenDerry themed family-friendly activities for locals and visitors to enjoy. Children’s Arts and Crafts in Guildhall Square will keep the little ones entertained while the majestic Guildhall will host foodie workshop treats.

For more details about the LegenDerry Food Festival in Guildhall Square and LegenDerry Food Hall in the Guildhall on March 17th-19th 2017, visit

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