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Armagh's Food and Cider Festival Returns to Tempt Taste Buds

Armagh's Food and Cider Festival Returns to Tempt Taste Buds

Armagh Food and Cider Festival

John Hooks

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John Hooks

Armagh’s celebrated Food & Cider Festival returns next week and promises visitors and locals a real flavour of the Orchard County’s home-grown cooking talent, food, drink and entertainment.

Running from Thursday 20 – Sunday 23 September, the four-day festival will provide a ‘taste-full’ experience of the Food Heartland of Northern Ireland with an international showcase of its award-winning produce, inspiring chefs and thriving hospitality scene.

Armagh was recently rated the fourth top Foodie Destination in the whole of Ireland by the Restaurant Association of Ireland - the only NI representation in the top five - and the annual Food & Cider Festival continues to provide a major tourism draw for the region.

The schedule of unique events at iconic venues throughout the area includes dining under the stars in luxury tepees at the 18th Century Crannagael House or a 17th Century barn in the grounds of the Armagh Cider Company, among many more.

Councillor Julie Flaherty, Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, said;

“This year’s Festival line-up is our most exciting to date and with events ranging from art classes at Long Meadow Cider, a Wine vs Cider showdown, a Murder Mystery, cocktail mixology masterclass, vintage style teas aboard the Big Red Bus and even a Flash Fiction short story readathon, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

“Now a signature event in the calendar, the festival encapsulates the essence of Armagh and its commitment to the provenance and quality of its produce.

“Showcasing the apple orchards and how the locally grown and reared produce feeds the wider economy, the Festival positions Armagh strongly on the international tourism scene and we look forward to welcoming thousands of visitors over the course of the four days.”

Movie fans, foodies, cyclists, families and even foragers will find an event to enjoy over the course of the festival long weekend, providing fantastic food, new experiences and plenty of live entertainment.

Many of the region’s leading chefs and restaurants are represented including Gareth Reid of 4Vicars, Mark McGonigle at Uluru, Mervyn Steenson of Groucho’s in Richhill and John Whyte at the Armagh City Hotel – all creating mouth-watering menus using the finest local produce.

A taste of luxury will be on offer at several truly memorable dining experiences including The Harvest Supper at the Armagh Cider Company, the Beef Baron’s Dinner at Quail’s in Banbridge and the Bramley Apple Banquet at Crannagael House. The Armagh City walking food tour combines a tantalising mix of history and the very best of local produce.

The full festival schedule champions all things local and these exceptional events will continue to bolster Armagh’s position as a must-visit food destination for those visiting the island.

For more information, go to www.visitarmagh.com/foodandcider

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