Tuck in to 366 days of Northern Ireland foodie fun

Published on : Thursday, December 3, 2015

Northern IrelandConsidered as one of Europe’s best kept secret foodie destinations, Northern Ireland has built a strong reputation for excellence in food production and hospitality.


Thanks to its endless green acres, wild coasts and time-honoured traditions, the region is producing some of the world’s finest and freshest ingredients around – from rare meats and iconic breads to artisan cheeses, premium spirits, exclusive chocolates and craft beers.


Artisan food producers across its six counties have also made considerable international impact among celebrity chefs and food critics.


Now it’s all being brought together in a year-long celebration. A huge programme of food festivals and events will take place throughout 2016 and a full calendar includes a different food theme for every month.


Breakfast Month in January, will celebrate the Ulster Fry and ‘filled soda’, as well as Armagh Apple Juice, Gracehill Black Pudding and Hannans award-winning Guanciale bacon.


Love Local Month in February will celebrate artisan excellence and the wonderful local producers from farm, factory, brewery, bakery and more.


Northern Ireland also has a wealth of talented and emerging chefs, heading up some brilliant local restaurants.


OX, a Michelin star restaurant overlooking the River Lagan in Belfast, is forging ahead with creative food preparation techniques and distinctive dishes.


Another favourite is Harry’s Shack, a rare gem serving some of the best seafood in Northern Ireland.


Located in the holiday town of Portstewart on the word-famous Causeway Coastal Route, its spiced whitebait, delivered in a cone of newspaper with a saucer of Marie Rose homemade sauce is one of Head Chef Derek Creagh’s signature dishes.


All through 2016 there’ll be special foodie events, festivals, money-off deals, pop-up restaurants, unique tastings, cookery class and food trails galore.


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