Taste and quality award winning food and drink from Northern Ireland

Nine Northern Ireland companies will be among more than 100 artisan food producers showing a broad range of innovative and tasty products at Gifted Fair in Dublin from 1-5 December. The local companies are taking part in a showcase organised by Invest Northern Ireland in association with Food NI.

Taking place at the RDS, the event is Ireland’s largest and most important gift and food show on the run-in to Christmas. The fair is resuming this year after being stalled in 2020 due to the restrictions from the coronavirus pandemic.

The presentation features a wide variety of quality foods with gluten-free and vegan options which are ideal for Christmas and New Year entertaining.

On the Northern Ireland stand will be a variety of successful and award winning products including artisan spiced meats, cheese, snacks, granola, condiments, bread, gin and coffee.

Commenting on Northern Ireland company attendance at Gifted, Jen Guiney, Invest NI’s Business Development Executive for the Republic of Ireland said: : “We are delighted to be back at Gifted again with a strong presentation of excellent artisan food and drink from Northern Ireland producers after last year’s inevitable cancellation.

“Our companies are keen to be back at the RDS because the fair has proved hugely successful with visitors from all over Ireland and from further afield seeking different taste experiences and new meal ideas.

“It’s a show which has worked well for Northern Ireland’s smaller food companies in terms of orders and contacts over the years,” Mrs Guiney added.

The quality of the artisan food showcase from Northern Ireland is demonstrated by the dozens of original foods which have won coveted UK Great Taste and Blas na hEireann, the Irish National Food Awards and Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards over the past five years. –

Northern Ireland food and drink companies at Gifted Fair 1-5 December

Ballylisk of Armagh, Portadown, Co Armagh– handcrafted soft cheeses

Bro Coffee, Newcastle, Co Down – retail and wholesale coffee roaster

Cookie Jar, Newcastle, Co Down – artisan bakery with multi-award winning Irish wheaten loaves and wheaten bread mixes

Green Fingers Family, Larne, Co Antrim – handmade granolas

Hellbent, Belfast – South African Boerewors sausages, meatballs, burgers and pork dishes

Irish Black Butter, Portrush, Co Antrim – savoury and sweet spreads

Ke Nako Biltong, Ballyclare, Co Antrim – South African Biltong and other charcuterie

Noisy Snacks, Belfast – healthy snacks

Symphonia Spirits, Moy, Co Tyrone – gin and apple rum

Three other Northern Ireland companies have independent stands at Gifted. They are:

Armagh Cider Company, Craigavon, Co Armagh – ciders, juices, mixers and apple cider vinegar

Burren Balsamics, Richhill, Co Armagh – balsamic vinegars, relishes and jams

Holmes Bakery, Portadown, Co Armagh – biscuits including butter shortbread, flakemeal and traybakes