Mid and East Antrim went wild about food this week as part of Northern Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink, with Deputy Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, William McNeilly, taking part in the ‘Cook Your Catch’ event at Blackhead Path Whitehead on Saturday 9 July, celebrating the Borough’s local coastlines and natural larder.
Cllr McNeilly said “This was a fantastic event showcasing our local landscapes and local produce. This workshop was part of our ‘Wild About Food’ project which has been running since May 2016 in collaboration with Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, funded by Heritage Lottery Fund. The ‘Wild About Food’ project is our contribution to Northern Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink 2016 which is a celebration of everything delicious about Northern Ireland, the epic landscapes, traditions and people that make our food heritage so unique.”
“There are themes each month throughout Northern Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink and Mid and East Antrim has followed these themes. The theme for July was ‘Seas, Rivers and Loughs’ and we have certainly lived up to this by showcasing our seaside town of Whitehead. On the day participants caught cod, coli and pollock, to name a few, and were then able to ‘cook their catch’ and enjoy other fresh local produce at our seaside BBQ. I’d like to personally thank the Carrickfergus Beach and Rockers Sea Angling Club for helping out at the event and teaching participants the traditional skill of sea angling.”
Cllr McNeilly continued “Our ‘Wild About Food’ project continues throughout the year and we will continue to celebrate the fantastic local produce available to us in the Mid and East Antrim area. In August we will be celebrating all things veggie at Eden Allotment Gardens Carrickfergus, and in September, as part of ‘Bread and Baking’ month, participants can enjoy a bread making workshop at Andrew Jackson Cottage, Carrickfergus, and learn how to make traditional fare such as drop scones and soda.”
LOVE VEG! Fri 12 Aug 11am-2pm Eden Allotment Gardens, Carrickfergus
Grow your own – how do they do it? Learn from the experts, meet some friendly farm animals and enjoy a bbq – veggie options included.
BREAD MAKING WORKSHOP Sun 11 Sept 2pm-4pm Andrew Jackson Cottage, Carrickfergus
Learn how to make traditional fare such as potato bread, soda bread and drop scones.