Local chef Emmett McCourt is treating a group of American visitors to a real taste of Derry~Londonderry at the launch of his Feast or Famine Food Tours on Thursday May 23 as part of the UK City of Culture celebrations.
The group of 30 visitors are being taken on a tour of the city’s Food Heritage Trail to find out exactly what people ate during the Siege of Derry while walking the Feast or Famine food trail guided by Emmett.
The food tour stems from the research Emmett undertook into the North West’s culinary heritage for his book ‘Feast or Famine’ which is due to be published later in the year.
‘The Derry food tour is the first strand of the project to be launched and similar tours of the North West and Inishowen are planned for the future,” Emmett explained. “The plan is that eventually all visitors to the area will be able to have a guide of the food walking tour and be able to take in samples from local restaurants along the way.’
The launch tour will take in Derry~Londonderry’s 400-year-old walls where Northern Period Productions will dramatise exactly what people ate during the Siege of Derry. At the other end of the scale, they will hear of the lavish Georgian banquets which were hosted during revolutionary times.
The city’s famous artisan butchers and the pork and bacon industry are celebrated with samples of such legenderry products as Biggers, Cruibeens, Grants Ham and James Doherty meats. And no Derry food tour would be complet3e without a bap supplied by Doherty’s Bakery.