The inaugural Lough Neagh Fish Festival supported by Arts Council Northern Ireland and Cookstown District Council has been launched.
The newly elected Chairman of Mid-Ulster Council Cathál Mallaghan was among those at the launch at the Kinturk Cultural Centre – the Hub of the newly born festival.
Lough Neagh Fish Festival will run from 17 – 19th July seeks to celebrate the local culture & culinary delights of the Loughshore area and promises to have something for everyone to enjoy.
The Festival are supporting “Cathy ar gcara” fund; founded in memory of local lady Cathy Cassidy (nee McCann) helping to raise money and awareness for the charity “Friends of the Cancer Centre” based at the Belfast City Hospital
Throughout the three day festival, a host of events to whet the appetites of the very young to the not so young will take place including:
Lough Neagh Heritage Day – A celebration of Local Culture.
An afternoon of Family fun to enjoy on Saturday 19th July. Get in the mood with the by gone days in fancy dress and let the kids enjoy face painting, bouncy castles, balloon modelling, fishing for eels in our man made pond and much more - all FREE.
An exciting line-up of local entertainment will take to the stage to showcase their talents as well as displays of our cultural heritage and crafts.
Learn first-hand from the experts - the fishermen themselves - and hear something of the lore of a unique livelihood which can be traced back for thousands of years as well as take a tour of the Lough Neagh Exhibition.
Charity Cook Off / Demonstration with Paula McIntryre!
Paula McIntyre, one of NI’s leading chefs, host of the cooking slot on BBC Radio Ulster’s Saturday Magazine, columnist with the Sunday Life as well as Author will demonstrate her take on how to make the most of the precious Lough Neagh fish produce.
Paula will pit her skills against a line up of experienced locals for a blind taste challenge – all part of the Saturday Heritage Day celebrations.
The closing Saturday night Banquet!
The evening will kick off with our very own infamous Patsy Hagan spinning many yarns & stories in Kinturk Cultural Centre An array of produce from Lough Neagh including eels & perch to be enjoyed with mouth-watering traditional breads – all to be enjoyed with some serious toe-tapping music that will have you on your feet!
An evening of yarns and folklore from around the Lough Shore
Author Danny Donnelly famous for this historic in-depth knowledge will share his insights in the wonderful quaint setting of Coyle’s Cottage.
Drop into our most famous ceili house to see who’s lifting their fiddle, singing a song or sharing a yarn from yesteryear on Friday 18th July.
The aim on the Lough Neagh Fish Festival is to bring more of our friends and family home for a tantalising programme of events celebrating our culture, craft and food.
The Loughshore as a community is famous for our handcrafted trades, products, traditional food & music that is never forgotten by those living far from our shores.
The Cultural Day Gathering is intended to bring closer those returning home and those who never left in a lively, fun & festive atmosphere.