Lough Neagh Eels have been awarded for their heritage, tradition and authenticity and the inaugural ‘Eel-Eat’ week will culminate in the third annual River to Lough Festival.
This summer the first ever restaurant week aimed at celebrating Lough Neagh Eel will run from Saturday 25 June to Saturday 2 July.
The elite of Northern Ireland restaurants have signed up to join in, including Deanes Eipic and Wee Love Fish in Belfast, The White River Hotel in Toome and Hastings Hotels such as the Culloden Estate and Spa, Europa Hotel and Slieve Donard Resort and Spa.
Others include The Tullylagan Hotel and Glenavon Hotel in Cookstown, Pier 59 in Derry, Lime Tree in Limavady, and many more.
Conor Corr of Lough Neagh Partnership, said: “What better way to celebrate our unique product than to dedicate a unique celebration to it? We’re tying in our inaugural Eel-Eat restaurant week with the Tourism NI Year of Food and Drink and believe it will be a firm economic driver for the local economy.”
At the end of Eel-Eat on Saturday 2 July, foodies and families will be able to celebrate the delicacy at the River to Lough Festival. Now in its third year, the family festival will be situated for the first time right in the heart of Antrim at Antrim Castle Gardens. Festivities will run from midday until 5pm with a pop-up restaurant, cookery demonstrations and a craft and artisan food market.
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