Father’s Day is almost here and if you’re struggling to find that unique, perfect gift then Food NI is here to help you out. We’ve put together an exciting list of food themed experiences, from fishing expeditions to brewery tours and hampers filled with award-winning produce for the foodie loving father.
Food NI’s Digital Marketing and Communications Manager, Rachel Quigg said: “From artisan brewery tours, beer sampling sessions and food trails around Lough Erne and Lough Neagh, Northern Ireland is packed with foodie experiences perfect as a gift idea this Father’s Day.”
Craic’n Food & Drink Tour
The Craic ‘n Food & Drink Tour is perfect for foodies who want to sample delicious food and 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, while meeting local fisherman and Buffalo farmers and enjoying a toe-tapping traditional music session.
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.
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.
Hilden Brewery is Ireland’s oldest independent brewery and is located near Lisburn in the 19th century courtyard of Hilden House. Many visitors flock to the Brewery each year to discover its interesting history and heritage and to sample the award winning cuisine.
Found on the beautiful North Coast, Bushmills Distillery is Ireland’s oldest working distillery. Visitors to the distillery can partake in a guided tour where they will learn about the 400 year history of the distillery while experiencing the sights and smells of the whiskey making process and enjoy a tutored whiskey tasting session. You can even have lunch in the onsite restaurant!
Shortcross Gin is Northern Ireland’s first premium craft gin, distilled with pride and passion at Rademon Estate Distillery in Crossgar, County Down by husband and wife, David and Fiona Boyd-Armstrong. Their small batch philosophy ensures that every aspect of the gin meets their exacting vision. From foraging in the surrounding country estate for botanicals, to labelling, signing and wax dipping every – everything is crafted and perfected by hand.
Armagh Cider Company
With their PGI status, Armagh’s Bramley Apples are renowned around the world and the Troughton family behind Armagh Cider Company have been at the centre of apple growing for decades. Each product is handcrafted and are completely natural with no artificial flavours or ingredients.
Pokertree Brewing Company
All Pokertree‘s craft beers are handcrafted in small batches with every brew open fermented and bottle conditioned in a traditional method. The drinks will delighted vegetarians and vegans alike as they contain only natural ingredients
Named after a famous local legend from the village of Carrickmore where the brewery is located in Co. Tyrone – plan a visit today and discover the legendary story behind its name.
Believe to be Ireland’s only field-to-glass distillery, all Echlinville‘s new-fill spirit is distilled from barley grown on the land in the Ards Peninsula. A family-run distillery they love to share their devotion to quality spirits with visitors from around the world. Echlinville’s visitor experiences include tours, tastings and special ‘stay and distil’ experiences, which give whiskey enthusiasts the opportunity to distil their own unique cask while staying at the 19th century Echlinville Manor House.
If you dad is a true foodie at heart and appreciates award-winning quality local produce, then a Northern Ireland food hamper is the perfect gift this Father’s Day. Passionate about Northern Irish produce, Bite to Savour, Indie Fude and Arcadia Deli are just three local makers of fine food hampers in Northern Ireland to order a foodie surprise from.
Open Farm Weekend
Why not head to a local farm this Father’s Day? The Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend is an annual showcase event for the Northern Ireland farming industry. Each farm event is unique and will be organised primarily by the host farmer. Visitors to farms will have a free VIP pass to see the exact processes involved and the care and dedication that goes into food production as well as having the opportunity to meet the farmer and, on certain sites, be able to taste and buy some local food.
Dinner For Two
You can’t go wrong with a restaurant voucher or family meal out on Father’s Day. With Michelin starred restaurants and award-winning chefs you’ll not be stuck for choice in selecting a fabulous restaurant to dine at this Sunday.
*Some breweries and cider makers operate on a ‘welcome by arrangement’ process, so please get in touch with individual producers to arrange a visit.