The Irish Food Heritage Project

The Irish Food Heritage Project

Flogas are delighted to be involved with Emmett McCourt,  local chef and founder of the Feast or Famine Food Adventures which launched in the Spring.

This was the first strand of this Multifaceted Project which has been well received throughout the Summer from Visitors as far away as the US. The Feast or Famine food tours showcase the region as a food tourism destination and celebrate our rich culinary heritage.

With Derry/Londonderry the UK Capital of Culture 2013, it is hardly surprising that these tours have been well received and enjoyed by both local and international visitors alike.   This is what the press  had to say:

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.

Launch of Feast or Famine Project

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.’

Tasty treat during the Food TourThe 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 legendary products as Biggers, Cruibeens, Grants Ham and James Doherty meats. And no Derry food tour would be complete without a bap supplied by Doherty’s Bakery.


Feast or Famine Food adventures is also in association with Judith McLaughlin’s Shamrock and Peach Tours. This was well received by our American visitors and locals alike .I would like to personally thank all our partners and sponsors Flogas & James Doherty Meats and all those who supported these food tours in the local restaurants and eateries .There will also be a section in the book Feast Or Famine ,dedicated to these food tours, so stay tuned for the book launch confirmed dates.

Further information can be found at


Participants enjoying the food tour.


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