'LegenDerry – Great Place, Great Taste' celebrating local
02 June 2021
LegenDerry Food will continue to celebrate high-quality local produce and the food heritage of the city and region as hospitality businesses welcome more customers back as restrictions ease.
LegenDerry Food was the result of the City and District's Food and Drink Strategy, which was launched in February 2019 by the Council as part of its wider plan to drive tourism and firmly place the region on the map as the number one food destination on the island of Ireland by 2025.
The past year has seen the development and launch of the LegenDerry brand, complete with a new website that provides a central hub for accessing unique food, drink and experiences in the region. As a certified LegenDerry provider, businesses are showcased on the LegenDerry website and receive a suite of marketing material to signpost their venues or produce with the LegenDerry stamp of approval.
There are now a total of 70 members who are part of the network, including 17 new members who joined in 2021.
Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Cllr Brian Tierney, said: "LegenDerry Food has gone from strength to strength since its launch, and at a time when we are starting to see our hospitality businesses welcome customers back and return to normality, LegenDerry is a vital service to encourage everyone to support local and to delve into the simply incredible food and drink, and exciting experiences, that we have here on our own doorsteps.
"Membership of the network continues to grow, and with impressive plans for the months ahead that will aid the COVID-19 recovery and support the further development of new food experiences in our city and district, we know that LegenDerry will only get bigger and better, with even more offerings and experiences for locals and visitors alike.
"The providers who are part of the LegenDerry Network are dedicated to producing the highest quality and showcasing this region as one of the best food destinations on this island, and new businesses are always welcome to get involved.
"Now more than ever it's important that we support local, and I would encourage everyone to check out the LegenDerry Food website and find out more about the fantastic offerings we have right here in our own city and district."
James Huey, Chair of the LegenDerry Food and Drink Network, added: "It's incredibly exciting for our hospitality businesses and producers to be reopening again after a very difficult 15 months.
"At this point the Legenderry Food and Drink brand is now more important than ever as when you shop at an accredited business, you'll be reassured that you are supporting local jobs and local produce. This will help our city and district get back on track to become the number one food destination in Ireland by 2025!"