HOOKED in Killybegs. 2018

They say events get better year on year, well that definitely is the case with HOOKED in Killybegs.What an amazing day with something for all the family. Thankfully as normal, the weather held up perfectly.

The county Chowder title is a huge attraction for a lot of people on the day, with 9 Chowder entries to sample. The kitchens were a hive of activity all morning with nine chefs prepping their Chowder. Year on year, so much effort goes into this by each business and credit must be given to all participating on the day.  We are very proud this year to have local winners of the title, Mariead and Gary Anderson from the Seafood Shack in Killybegs. We know they will both do us proud at the All Ireland Title in Kinsale. Runners up on the day were Mary Murrins, Bruckless and then the Waterfront Hotel in Dungloe. Eve Ann Mc Carron and Patrick Devine from the Food Coast, who kindly sponsors this event was present on the day.

The Killybegs Community Council very much appreciates the continued support, and help of Eve Ann and all the staff in the Food Coast Donegal. Nadine Gallagher our very own beautiful Queen of the Fleet, was on hand along with Eve Ann and Sean Duffy from the LYIT, to present the trophy to our new winners.

As you walked on down the corridor early in the morning, the queue was beginning to form with people from all ages and sizes all waiting to get a go on our Virtual Reality experience which was a great new addition to Hooked this year. Weather you fancied a ski on the slopes or white water rafting, this was sure to make your legs turn to jelly.... not for the faint hearted, I must say.

Ocean Fm were live onsite during the day, and from what I’m led to believe, gave the event great coverage, which was truly deserved, I might add.

Zack Gallagher@IrishFoodGuide  was Compare for the day and could be found interviewing chefs, doing cooking Demos, Ready Steady Cook and also overseeing our new Seafood Tucker Trial.

Noon came and the crowds gathered in to taste the fabulous hot and cold fish which was served all day, all this fish was filleted outside by our highly skilled local fish filleters, who really are a treat to watch.  The fish was then directed towards the kitchen where our chefs whipped it up into a fantastic treat for us all. Also at 12 noon Aga our Seaweed enthusiast, did a cooking demo showing people all the ways they could enjoy seaweed in their daily diets. Aga very passionate about Seaweed also had a stand outside showcasing all her wares.

Zach was in the kitchen after Aga and as was expected, whipped up a storm to a crowded room.

Another highlight on the day was our Ready Steady Cook. This event was born last year and it was most enjoyable, so we brought it back again this year. Participants this year were our very own David Spot Gallagher and Hugh Mc Fadden. Huge competition was unleashed in the kitchen for 40 minutes but sources tell me that the older lemon pipped the young footballer at the post for the crown in tossing pizza and cooking the fish.

Outside was no quiet affair, Eight Bells Sea Shanty Singers entertained the crowds with some hearty singing. The Coastguard was on hand as normal and did some climbing demo’s throughout the day.  The crew from the Coastguard can always be relied upon to get involved in local events. No task to big or small.

Kids queued up for face painting and kick football in penalty shoot out while the adults got a stroll about.

As you walked into our marquee outside, the tent was buzzing with our local seafood stockists. People gathered around to view all the fantastic local products which could be sampled.

The rowing club also took a stand this year with competitions all day on their rowing machines. This unleashed the competitive side in many....

As the day went on anticipation mounted on who would enter the Tucker Trial. A nine strong team started but they slowly became 2 after all sorts of lovely delights were placed on front of them to eat.

The finalists Gary Boyle and Shane Mc Crudden, got a final course of fish eyes and crabs on a bed of Dilisk. Not for the weak stomach, I might add. Gary Boyle however took home the crown from that one. A, truly enjoyable competition.

Things began to wind down at 5pm after a fun filled day. People went home with full bellies and a memorable day.

The Killybegs Community Council would like to thank the LYIT for the use of the premises and compliment the staff on all their work and help throughout the event. We are very graciously welcomed each year for the event. We are very local to have this facility in our town.

Huge thanks must also go to all our sponsors who kindly sponsor us year on year. Without this help this event could not happen. Also the funding bodies from whom we received monies , Malin Waters FLAG, BIM,CAPITEN and Interreg Atlantic area

Special mention must also be given this year to Joy Harron,Tourism  Unit, Donegal County Council who rowed in with us to help us pull the event together. Our hope is that we can continue to work together to grow this event year on year.

To all our Hooked Committee members and people who helped out on the day. You are all a fantastic bunch of people and work very hard to bring the event together, thank you. I will leave someone out, some I won’t name aneryone. I think everyone knows ye anyhow.



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