Three quality restaurants in Donegal have been selected as finalists in the Good Food Ireland awards.
The highly-recognised awards are unique in their cross-sector approach and core criteria around a commitment to local Irish produce.
The nominees are shortlisted by an independent panel of Irish and International leaders.
The Lemon Tree Restaurant, Letterkenny, is in the running for Ireland’s Restaurant Of The Year award. The award recognises a strong emphasis on seasonal Irish ingredients, warmth of hospitality, exceptional service, together with great food that truly makes for an outstanding and memorable experience.
Rathmullan House is nominated for Culinary Haven Of The Year. This award recognises exceptional experience; in itself a food and drink destination that epitomises culinary excellence, highlighting the very best of local Irish produce.
In Teelin, the Rusty Mackerel pub is nominated for Pub of the Year. The finalists in this category represent the very best of Irish food and culture, one that takes the Irish pub experience to a whole different level of excellence.
The Good Food Ireland award winners will be unveiled at a high-profile business lunch celebration will take place on Monday, April 17th 2023 in The K Club, Straffan, Co Kildare. The Awards will be attended by Guest of Honour Simon Coveney, T.D., Minister for Enterprise, Trade & Employment and some 300 guests; Irish and international chefs, buyers, food and drink writers, media and industry leaders.
Margaret Jeffares, Founder and Managing Director of Good Food Ireland says: “For the last 17 years we have worked to create a greater understanding of the needs of both sectors to successfully broaden and deepen local agriculture and tourism linkages, helping make tourism work for economic diversification.
“The Good Food Ireland Awards celebrate the successful collaboration of businesses working together for inclusive economic growth. They recognise people who genuinely capture the essence of Ireland’s food and drink, setting it in a cultural context to inspire travellers, international consumers and locals to seek out real authenticity and Irish provenance.”