The Food Coast

Blonde - Donegal Brewing Company
Blonde - Donegal Brewing Company

The Food Coast – Donegal’s Good Food Initiative

What are we working to do? The Food Coast – Donegal’s Good Food Initiative was developed by Donegal County Enterprise Board as a programme to support development, growth and quality in Donegal’s food sector.

This initiative acts as a central platform for establishing Donegal as a “Food County” – a place with a vibrant food culture and food economy.  This will provide food businesses in Donegal with the opportunity to connect with fellow food businesses while engaging the support services of the Donegal County Enterprise Board.

The Food Coast programme is open to anyone with an interest in the county’s food sector – from start-up businesses to established primary producers, manufacturers, distributors, retailers and restaurateurs. 

The Donegal Food Strategy which is presented under The Food Coast initiative has identified core actions which are needed to develop and sustain the Donegal Food Sector. They can be grouped under the key headings below:

New Food Businesses:

Aim to encourage and facilitate the establishment of new food opportunities in County Donegal, in particular the production of distinctive quality produce, products and added-value food manufacturing businesses, which will add to the food culture of the County.

Existing Food Businesses:

Aim to increase the capability of existing food enterprises and food promoters within Donegal so that they can become more competitive and sustainable, with the potential of developing new market opportunities.

Local Sourcing:

Aim to maximise the amount of quality local produce and products used within the food sector within Donegal by added-value food manufacturers, food service businesses and food providers.

Food Awareness:

Aim to create awareness within Donegal and nationally of the range of quality food providers in the County and the role they play for the local economy, while developing awareness of Donegal as a destination for an exceptional food experience.

Together, we’re putting Donegal on the good food map!

If you’re interested in learning more about food from Donegal and how The Food Coast how you can be involved, please contact Eve – Anne McCarron on 074-9160735 or


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