Calling all Foodies!

THE annual Omagh Food Festival is back and this year it promises to be bigger and better than ever. The festival will take place over two days under a festival marquee in the carpark located adjacent to Main Street (Kevlin Avenue). The space will be transformed into foodie heaven where indoor and outdoor food/drink producers, street food vendors and suppliers will showcase their wares to all.

The Ulster Herald Omagh Food Festival team are delighted to welcome back the fabulous and entertaining celebrity chef Paula McIntyre. The BBC Radio Ulster chef will lead the live cooking demo stage and will be joined by local chefs and food producers throughout the two days. Together they will cook up a storm and create their favourite dishes. Those in attendance may be lucky enough to get a taster of the final dishes, so make sure to grab a seat daily! This year the festival has added a cocktail making demo to the live stage, the folks from a local distillery are sure to create some delicious drinks.

Something for everyone…

The event is aimed at bringing together local producers and people with a love for food. On Saturday June 29 and Sunday June 30 there is something for all the family at Omagh Food Festival. In addition to the wide range of exhibitors & live cooking demos there is music, face painting and cupcake decoration for kids, all part of the line-up to the free event.

On Saturday June 29th, the programme kicks off at 11am and on Sunday June 30th, the event kicks off at 1pm with live cooking on stage with chefs from local restaurants and hotels plus cocktail making classes. Celebrity Chef Paula McIntyre (BBC) is hosting the cookery demo unit and will have her own slot for 45 minutes where she will cook up a fabulous meal using ingredients from the Food Festival traders. Recipes from the dishes created will be posted online for event visitors to recreate when they get home into their own kitchens!

As the daytime event draws to a close various bars and restaurants around the town are hosting a range of exciting bands, musical performances and food festival related menus. 

Organised by the Ulster Herald

The Ulster Herald are proud to organise this local event and thank the 2019 sponsors for their continued support; Fermanagh & Omagh District Council, Flogas, Silverbirch Hotel and Main Street Omagh.

Mairead Kelly, marketing & events executive, Ulster Herald stated, ‘We are excited to launch this year’s Omagh Food Festival. The event has really grown over the past three years, the range and quality of this year’s vendors is fantastic and we look forward to a great two-day event in June’


Launching the 2019 Omagh Food Festival are (L-R) Mairead Kelly, Ulster Herald and event sponsors Allan Duncan, Silverbirch Hotel, Paul Ruegg, Flogas, Michael McElroy, Main Street and Cllr Siobhan Currie, Chair, Fermanagh & Omagh District Council.

Commenting on the festival, Liam McElhinney, general manager at the Silverbirch Hotel said, “We are proud to be one of the sponsors of the Omagh Food Festival and look forward to launching our Food Festival themed menu that weekend. 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.’

Paul Ruegg, senior marketing executive for Flogas, added, ‘’Flogas are delighted to sponsor the Omagh Food Festival. As thousands of homes and businesses throughout Ireland use both LPG and Natural Gas for cooking, catering and heating, we are excited to be championing local produce and food from Omagh and 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!’’ 

Cllr Siobhan Currie, chair at Fermanagh and Omagh District Council concluded: “This year’s Omagh Food Festival will once again showcase the richness and quality of our local produce and products from within the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council area and indeed further afield. It will also promote the area as a must-visit food destination. An added bonus this year is that the Omagh Food Festival coincides with the 2019 Tyrone County Fleadh, which is taking place in Omagh, and the thousands of extra visitors attending the Fleadh will be a bonus for the Food Festival. 

”I am confident that the Omagh Food Festival will provide a significant platform for our local businesses over the course of the two days, highlighting all that’s good about food in the local area and our excellence in evening entertainment and hospitality.  Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is, once again, delighted to be a principal partner of Omagh Food Festival and looks forward to welcoming visitors to the town and to the event on 29 and 30 June.

Guaranteed to serve some tasty treats, the festival will run from 11am-4pm on Saturday June 29 and 1pm-5pm on Sunday June 30.

For further information contact Elaine Fyffe-Harper or Mairead Kelly at the Ulster Herald on 028 8225 5959. Find us on Facebook or visit and click on Events.

Celeb chef Paula McIntyre is joined on stage by Main Street chef Wilson as they cook up a storm on the Flogas live cooking stage.


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