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Producer Chats, Storytelling and Old World Winter Celebration at Castle Grove Country House, Donegal

November 30, 2019

€80.00 – €95.00

This It’s a Wild Game event will take place in collaboration with Castle Grove Country House in Letterkenny, Donegal on Saturday 30 November 2019 to highlight the winter ingredients, producers and storytellers from Wild Atlantic Way. Book Tickets below.

Beginning at 5pm at Castle Grove Country House, you will be welcomed by the Sweeney family and their team for an evening of producer chats, storytelling, folklore and traditional Irish music showcasing the old-world winter offering in the unique surrounds of a 17th Century Georgian House.

The team at Castle Grove will present a family-style feast lite by candlelight and open fires to celebrate Wild Game and its winter bounty. Dinner will be served alongside craft beers by Kinnegar Brewing, low intervention wines from Wines Direct and Castle Grove’s very own cider.


warm Castle Grove apple & cinnamon cider

wild duck liver pâté, wild venison terrine with dates, rabbit pie infused with walled garden thyme
Kinnegar Black Bucket bread, walled garden tomato bread
spiced apple & marrow chutney, pickled walled garden vegetables
Kinnegar Scraggy Bay

Lettermacaward oysters au natural
Lettermacaward oysters, walled garden savoy cabbage & McCarron’s bacon
Rathmullan lobster
Chateau Thieuley, Cuvée Francis Courselle, Bordeaux, France

woodcock rillette, Donegal Rapeseed porcini oil

roast venison loin, venison bolognese, house smoked wild rabbit loin, roast duck, roast pheasant
walled garden red cabbage & apple, walled garden sprouts with chestnuts & smoked bacon,
confit walled garden root vegetables, spiced roast pumpkin
Domaine Luc Lapeyre, L’Amourier, Minervois AOC, Languedoc, France

Irish Mist Honey custard
Donegal Silke Whiskey


Accommodation can be booked separately and directly with Castle Grove Country House at +353 74 915 1118 or reservations@castlegrove.com by quoting this event. The rate for Saturday 30 November is €70.00 single and €130.00 for doubles / twin. Extra nights are available at either side of the event.


  • This is a popup dinner with a set menu. Please let us know of any major food allergies or dietary restrictions. We will endeavour to cater for your needs if at all possible.
  • Guests staying at Castle Grove Country House are welcome to arrive at 2pm to explore the house and grounds. Checkout is at 12pm the next day.

About Castle Grove Country House

Set on a 250-acre private estate, Castle Grove boasts a beautiful 17th Century Georgian House, grounds and walled garden. In 1989, the Sweeney family took up residence in Castle Grove, proudly transforming the property into a luxury, four-star country house retreat while upholding its traditions by respectfully maintaining the character, elegance and beauty of the original house and its tranquil and expansive surroundings. The Walled Garden, which dates back to the 19th Century, provides a sheltered onsite environment, where they grow fruits, herbs and seasonal vegetables for use within in their Michelin recommended restaurant. castlegrove.com

About It’s a Wild Game 

It’s a Wild Game is a series of producer activities and dining events around the island of Ireland, where chefs celebrate Ireland’s winter bounty. The events are hosted by Euro-Toques Ireland, a member-based community of chefs, cooks and producers who pride themselves on being the custodians of Irish food heritage. Part of the Taste the Island celebrations, the events focus on provenance, seasonality and the journey of the produce from farm, woodlands, shores to plate.

Throughout the month of November, Euro-Toques Ireland is hosting three special It’s a Wild Game culinary experiences in three different member locations.

The key element of these special winter events will be wild game, fruits and produce from the woodlands and the seashore. These once-off events are open to Euro-Toques members as well as the general public and will offer an immersive dining experience with activities that range from meeting producers, farmers, growers and makers, to woodland walks, foraging and hunting.

Alongside the three events, Euro-Toques Ireland is hosting a NATIONAL It’s a Wild Game celebration on Thursday 21 November 2019 where many of their chef members working in cafés, pubs, bistros and restaurants will offer either a special or a full menu experience showcasing Ireland’s wild game and the winter bounty. Full listing of restaurants participating is available here.

All Euro-Toques members and the wider public are encouraged to join in the online conversation using the hashtags #itsawildgame and #tastetheisland.



November 30, 2019
€80.00 – €95.00


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