Omagh Food Festival


Dishing up the ultimate foodie and family experience this summer is the first ever Omagh Food Festival! Guaranteed to serve some tasty treats, the Festival launch event takes place in the Silverbirch Hotel & Business Centre on Friday 11th August from 5pm with a Country Meat Fest Menu and the main event happening at Main Street, Omagh, from 1-5pm on Saturday 12th August and Sunday 13th August with celebrity chef Paula McIntyre taking centre stage.

Located in Main Street and backed by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Flogas and the Silverbirch Hotel & Business Centre, the Festival is the first of its kind for Omagh and promises to provide more variety than a mixed grill!

Hungry for the Omagh Food Festival are (l-r): Rita Reid, advertising sales executive, Ulster Herald, Michael McElroy, proprietor, Main Street, Liam McElhinney, manager, Silverbirch Hotel, Sergejs Iljins, chef, Rue, Cllr Stephen McCann, chair, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Martin Loughran, area sales manager, Flogas and Jelena Boldisa, chef, Rue.

Darren Farnan, marketing manager, Ulster Herald, stated: ‘’The Food Festival is a great opportunity for local suppliers and restaurants to promote their food offering over a two-day period to a captive audience. A big thank you to the Council, Flogas, the Silverbirch Hotel and Main Street for making the initiative possible and we hope this year’s event helps put Omagh on the food map.’’

The ‘Country Meat Fest Menu’ launch event in the Silverbirch Hotel and Business Centre is priced from £7 per person and takes place from 5pm on Friday 11th August and includes live entertainment & dance demo in association with Modern Country Moves. The menu includes: ‘Farmers Feast’ Mixed Grill, Tomahawk Steaks, Tomahawk Lamb, Rack of Ribs, BBQ Ribs Box along with a live Modern Country Moves Dance Demo. Everyone welcome…

On Saturday 12th August, the main event kicks off at 1pm at Main Street Omagh with local chefs from Rue, the Silverbirch Hotel, the Mellon Country Inn and more, guiding us through their speciality dishes. Paula McIntyre is hosting the cookery demo unit and will have her own slot from 2pm for 45 minutes.

Commenting on the Omagh Food Festival Liam McElhinney, General Manager, Silverbirch Hotel & Business Centre said; “We are proud to be one of the sponsors of the inaugural Omagh Food Fes

tival and host of the launch event at the Silverbirch hotel on Friday 11th August – innovative food and drink experiences have become increasingly important to our guests and the Festival will give people the opportunity to taste local food and meet the local companies producing the goods. We are proud to support local suppliers and stock a wide range of local craft drinks on our menu.” 

On Sunday 13th August, the programme again kicks off at 1pm at Main Street Omagh with Paula McIntyre hosting the cookery demo unit and serving up her own tasty dishes from 2pm for 45 minutes. Local chefs will also feature from Rue, the Silverbirch Hotel, Kennedy Bacon and more.

The event is aimed at highlighting what’s mouth-watering about food in Omagh and surrounding area so a range of stalls will be setup along with face painting for the kids.

Paul Ruegg, senior marketing executive for Flogas, comments: ‘’Flogas are delighted to sponsor the Omagh Food Festival. As thousands of homes & businesses throughout Ireland use both LPG & Natural Gas for cooking, catering and heating, we are excited to be championing local produce and food from Omagh & the surrounding area over the course of this fun-filled weekend.  We hope everyone in the local community gets behind the event and look forward to seeing everyone there!’’ 

With the event being the first of its kind and embraced by sponsors, it’s sure to add a different atmosphere to the already bustling town centre of Omagh.

Cllr Stephen McCann, chair, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council “Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is delighted to be associated with the Omagh Food Festival which will profile the wonderful produce available locally and across Tyrone and Fermanagh.  It will also provide an opportunity for visitors to sample the quality of the local cuisine through cookery demonstrations and food tasting sessions.  This event has the potential to attract visitors form all over Ireland and I am confident that they will be suitably impressed by the fare on offer and with the programme of music which will form part of the Festival.”

For further information contact Darren Farnan, Ulster Herald, 028 8225 5959.


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