Seven chefs to cook under Mournes’ seven peaks at charity’s unique dining event

Cancer Fund for Children’s Daisy Lodge therapeutic short break facility in Newcastle will play host to a unique dining event as part of Northern Ireland Year of Food and Drink in association with Tourism NI.

Guests at A Dinner with a difference on May 13 will first enjoy a champagne reception at The Mac in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter before being whisked off to Daisy Lodge at the foothill of the Mourne Mountains.

The setting is particularly fitting as May has been chosen by NI Year of Food and Drink organisers as the month to celebrate our stunning local landscapes – and what could be more beautiful than the breath-taking Mourne Mountains?

Once at Daisy Lodge guests will enjoy a second champagne reception followed by a seven course dining experience delivered by seven top local chefs, including Yellow Door proprietor Simon Dougan who has helped plan the event. The focus of the event will be on celebrating the best in fresh local produce.

To add to the suspense, the names of the remaining chefs will be released in the run up to the event.
Simon said: “I am so excited to be a part of this amazing event that will help mark the Year of Food and Drink and also raise funds for Cancer Fund for Children. Guests are in for a real treat and an unforgettable day. At the Yellow Door growing and harvesting our own produce is the only guaranteed way of ensuring getting the very freshest produce to our kitchens.
So all the chefs will of course be availing of the freshest possible herbs from the Daisy Lodge herb gardens my wife and I installed 2 years ago.”

Cancer Fund for Children’s Daisy Lodge Hospitality Manager Joan Burden said: “This will be a night not to be missed where guests will enjoy delicious local produce cooked by top local talent while looking out at one of the best landscapes in the world. Funds raised will also enable the charity to continue providing vital support services for local families affected by cancer.”

Sharon Machala from Food NI/Taste of Ulster said: “We are delighted to support Cancer Fund for Children’s event in Daisy Lodge, celebrating the Year of Food and Drink. Each month has a calendar theme, May is Landscape and places, what better way to showcase this than with the seven peaks of Mourne as a backdrop. We have been working with Joan at Daisy Lodge in the initial stages to realise the ethos of serving and promoting wholesome local food to the families and children enjoying a therapeutic short break at the facility and we’re delighted Daisy Lodge will play host to this fantastic event.”

Tickets costs £150 per person and seats are limited. Get a ticket for this unique event today by calling Alex Murdock on 028 9080 5599 or email