Outgoing Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast Guy Spence has confirmed #EelsAreTasty as he tried the delicacy at the launch of Eel-Eat, the first dedicated restaurant week which will celebrate Lough Neagh Eels from Saturday 25 June.  Guy was welcomed at the event, his last engagement as Deputy Lord Mayor, by Eimear Kearney of Lough Neagh Partnership.
Outgoing Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast Guy Spence has confirmed #EelsAreTasty as he tried the delicacy at the launch of Eel-Eat 


The elite of Northern Ireland restaurants have signed up to the first ever restaurant week aimed at celebrating Lough Neagh Eel because eels are tasty.

Lough Neagh Eels have been awarded for their heritage, tradition and authenticity and the inaugural ‘Eel-Eat’ week will culminate in the third annual River to Lough Festival on Saturday 2 July but will run from Saturday 25 June.

Organisers have been overwhelmed by the interest in the event and would welcome any restaurants yet to get involved to sign up and join this unique celebration.

Launching the event, which was attended by outgoing Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast, Guy Spence, and newly appointed Minister for Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Michelle McIlveen MLA, Conor Corr of Lough Neagh Partnership, said:  “What better way to celebrate our unique product than to dedicate a unique celebration to it.  We’re tying in our inaugural Eel-Eat restaurant week with the Tourism NI Year of Food and Drink and believe it will be a firm economic driver for the local economy.”

Restaurants are being urged to sign up to Eel-Eat by Friday 10 June.  Those already participating are:  Deanes Eipic and Wee Love Fish, Belfast; The White River Hotel, Toome; Hastings Hotels –, Culloden Estate and Spa, Europa Hotel, , Slieve Donard Resort and Spa– The Tullylagan Hotel, Cookstown; Glenavon Hotel, Cookstown; Pier 59, Derry; Lime Tree, Limavady; Harrys Bar & Bistro, Cookstown; Café in the Park, Dungannon; Ardmore Restaurant and Beechill Country House Hotel, Derry; Londonderry Arms Hotel, Carnlough; Downshire Arms Hotel, Banbridge; Central Wine Bar, Ballycastle, Truffles Restaurant, Randalstown and The Moody Boar Restaurant, Armagh.

At the end of Eel-Eat on Saturday 2 July, foodies and families will be able to celebrate the delicacy at the River to Lough Festival.  Now in its third year, the family festival will be situated for the first time right in the heart of Antrim at Antrim Castle Gardens.  Festivities will run from 12noon until 5.00pm with a pop-up restaurant, cookery demonstrations and a craft and artisan food market.

To become a participating restaurant in Eel-Eat, email by Friday 10 June.; #EelsAreTasty

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