Mary McGettigan, A Taste of Donegal Food Festival CLG, Donegal Town, Donegal
Mary a native of Donegal Town married to Ernan Mc Gettigan of Award-Winning Craft Butchers M. Mc Gettigan & Sons has over the years gained some valuable experience through the Family business. The business was honoured to have been selected for a private visit by Prince Charles and Lady Camilla in 2016 as part of their visit to the North West this was as a result of many prestigious Awards won by this local family butchers.
Mary is one of the founder members and project manages A Taste of Donegal food Festival and using food tourism to increase visitor numbers to Donegal Town and the surrounding area. A Taste of Donegal has developed a strong reputation as one of the leading food events in the country and in doing so supports the goals and objectives of the Donegal Food Strategy in making Donegal famous for food. Mary is also a member of this Steering Group.
She has collaborated with several community groups in the area and has worked hard to attract a wide range of exhibitors from all over Ireland and the UK including many artisan food producers to this event. Over the years Mary has developed a good personal and working relationship with many exhibitors, celebrity and local chefs and she will continue to leverage these excellent relationships to continuously improve and promote the excellent foodie reputation of Donegal Town and the surrounding area. This annual event now attracts in excess of 20.000 visitors to Donegal Town over the Festival Weekend.
In 2013 Fáilte Ireland selected eight Food Ambassadors from all over the Country. Mary was selected as one of Donegal’s Food Ambassador’s. In this role, Mary continues to promote Donegal Town and the surrounding area at every opportunity.
Mary is a member of County Donegal Tourism Sectoral Forum Group and an associate member of Donegal Tourism Group. Through her Directors role in Donegal Town Community Chamber CLG the town was selected twice as part of The Bank Of Ireland Enterprise Town Awards and was delighted to receive the runner up award in small Town category in 2018
Mary continues to be passionate about Food Tourism and its economic benefits to the Local Area and the wider County.
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