Producing some of the finest food and drink available, Northern Ireland offers a rich history and heritage behind the food it produces as well as an experience that celebrates all things cooking, eating and drinking.
With summer fast approaching (and hopefully some sunny weather), Food NI have put together a selection of some of our tasty food and drink experiences to enjoy:
Lough Erne Food Trail
This is a must for anyone who enjoys great local food, stunning landscapes and a story or two. Erne Water Taxi have teamed up with the best food producers, brewers and restaurants around picturesque Lough Erne, Co. Fermanagh to deliver a truly unique food experience.
You’ll experience a food tour with a difference on the Tayto Castle Tour, Co. Armagh. See first-hand how these famous crisps and snacks are made and even get to meet Mr Tayto himself, the brand mascot.
Nestled among the yellow fields of Oilseed rape in Binevenagh, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you will find Broglasco Farm, home of Broighter Gold Rapeseed Oil in Derry~Londonderry. The pressing room where Broighter Gold is produced is an ÉCONOMUSÉE, or working museum, where visitors can watch the artisans at work; learn about the history of their craft and the heritage of the traditional skills in this unique experience.
Bushmills Distillery Tour
Come along and discover how water is turned into ‘gold’ at Ireland’s oldest working distillery, Old Bushmills Distillery.
Starting at the Mash House where it all begins, you will be taken through the heart of the distillery and witness the whiskey process as it happens before finishing up the distillery’s bar where you will have the opportunity to sample of the award-winning golden whiskey.
NI Food Tours
Discover the hidden gems of County Down with NI Food Tours. Aimed at both ‘foodies’ and those who just want to get to know Northern Ireland through local food and drink, four coach tours are offered covering the 115 miles of stunning coastline around Strangford Lough, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Northern Ireland’s newest ÉCONOMUSÉE, Broughammon Farm in County Antrim is a family run farm with an aim to create great food sustainably.
Throughout the year, the family host a number of good-life classes and workshops for the public to attend on the farm. There is also an artisan butchery, eco-farm house and small farm yard, there is also a well stocked farm shop, full of Broughgammon fresh produce.
The King’s Banquet*
HBO’s award-wining series, Game of Thrones®, is filmed on location throughout Northern Ireland including the Mourne Mountains, Dark Hedges and Portstewart Strand.
Step in to the world of Game of Thrones® and Winterfell, and enjoy a banquet fit for a king and his royal entourage inspired by the hit tv show. Enter the creative make-over in the restaurant, become absorbed in the robust atmosphere that will have elements of the scenes from the show sporadically acted out in the course of the evening.
The Walled City Brewery located in Ebrington, Derry~Londonderry was recently named All-Ireland Best Gastro Pub at the Irish Restaurant Awards and is utterly unique in its experiential and food offering.
As part of the experience, Masterbrewer James Huey, will take you on an interactive history of brewing including a 15 minute talk on History of Beer & Brewing and Science & Art of Brewing and ten minute craft beer tasting.
For further information or to book contact James on 028 71 343336.
Anything that can be baked on a griddle, Mark ‘Krazi Baker’ Douglas does it! From soda farls to potato and apple cakes to fluffy pancakes, customers are wolfing them down as fast as he can make them. None of them need yeast, so all he has to do is mix the ingredients and he’s good to go.
As well as baking at markets and events across Northern Ireland and beyond, Mark also teaches his bread making skills in unique classes for up to eight people which last approximately two hours.
Craic’n Food Tours
The Craic ‘n Food & Drink Tour is perfect for foodies who want to sample delicious food & drink from the area surrounding Lough Neagh & Its Waterways. This full day tour takes you on a journey into the wild and rugged Lough Neagh landscape and gives you an insight into how important the Lough was as a food source from the first arrival of man to Ireland.
On the tour you will meet a local fisherman and sample traditionally cooked Lough Neagh eels, visit Ballyriff Buffalo Farm, call in at the Old Thatch Inn for tastings of ciders, cheese, oatcakes and chutneys before heading to Crosskey’s Inn for some toe-tapping traditional music.With so many fabulous producers to see and taste – you won’t go home hungry!
Learn Something New
Northern Ireland’s beef, lamb, game, seafood, dairy produce, fruit and vegetables are among the best in the world, and the region is gaining renown for the reputation of its local producers. But did you know you can learn how to make restaurant worthy dishes at home by participating in a course at one of Northern Ireland’s cookery schools?
From James Street South Cookery School and Forestside Cookery School in Belfast, Jenny Bristow Cookery School, Antrim to Orchard Acre Farm in the Fermanagh Lakelands, there are plenty of places to experience something new and learn a new skill.
For more information on foodie experiences in Northern Ireland, visit Food NI – Experiences.
*This experience is independently operated by The Cuan. They are not sponsored, endorsed, or affiliated with HBO or anyone associated with ‘Game of Thrones’.