Comber Potato Festival 2017

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Date(s) - 17/06/2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Comber Square
Castle Street
Comber, Newtownards

United Kingdom

Keep Saturday 17 June free for a great day out at the Comber Earlies Food Festival, returning this year after being Highly Commended in the 2016 NI Year of Food and Drink Awards.

This year the fun will commence at 10am, running until 4pm in Comber Square and St Mary’s Church Car Park.
Building on the success of last year’s event there will be lots more activities on offer from potato themed children’s workshops and crafts to a chance to meet the growers. Live music, fun walk about acts and competitions will definitely ensure there is lots to see and do to keep the whole family entertained.

If you’re a foodie, the Comber Earlies Festival is definitely the place to be. See what the fuss is about and taste some Comber Earlies for yourself, sample a range of delicious local produce from gourmet burgers to artisan fudge, or find inspiration at the Cookery Demonstrations taking place throughout the day in the festival kitchen.

The festival promises to be a fantastic day out for the whole family, with a programme packed full of activities for all ages. Relax at the hay bale picnic, try some artisan food, check out the tractor display or enjoy some of the live music on offer. Little ones can take a spin on the carousel and get creative with crafts and lots of potato inspired fun throughout the day.


Enjoy entertaining cookery demos by Chefs using local produce. Starting at 12noon the festival has a superb line up of Chefs who will be showcasing their skills. Prior to the first Chef taking position, Richard Orr from Comber Earlies Growers will be discussing the PGI status of the Comber Early why they are so special.

Following Richard’s talks, join us at the festival kitchen where you will see the following chefs in action:

11am – 12pm
Guest: Richard Orr (Comber Early Potato Grower)
Topic: Discussion on PGI status of the Comber Early Potato, ‘Why are they so special?’

12pm – 1pm
Guest: Cookery Demo with Chef Danny Millar (Balloo House)
Dish: Poached Lough Neagh Eel with Crab and Potato Salad

1pm – 2pm
Guest: Cookery Demo with Chef Lucas Hollweg
Dish: Locally caught Mackerel / Glenarm Organic Salmon with Combery Early Potatoes and choice of dressing

2pm – 3pm
Guest: Cookery Demo with Paula McIntyre (NI Chef)
Dish: Baked Comber Earlies with Lobster, Schiaccata with Comber Earlies, Rosemary and Garlic Dough, Comber Early Potato Salad with Scallions and homemade Salad Cream and Potato Rolls

3pm – 4pm
Guest: Cookery Demo with Chef Lucas Hollweg
Dish: Sautéed Comber Earlies with Coriander and Goats Cheese from City Cheese

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