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12 Week Celebration Of Northern Ireland's Food & Drink Begins This Week

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12 Week Celebration Of Northern Ireland's Food & Drink Begins This Week

A 12-week celebration of Northern Ireland's finest food and drink, tasty experiences and scrumptious adventures kicks off this week, encouraging people to "Taste the Island" with an extensive range of events taking place throughout the next few months.

"Taste the Island" is a three-year initiative developed in partnership between Tourism NI, Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland that gives people a chance to savour and experience the mouth-watering food and drink on offer from across Northern Ireland.

Experiences across the autumn period include a gourmet weekend of island delights on Rathlin, a beer-making masterclass at the Whitewater Brewery Tour in Castlewellan, gin distilling at Hughes Craft Distillery in Moira and a live cookery demonstration with Niall McKenna at James Street Cookery School.

Taste The Island

Tourism NI's food and drink development officer, Gary Quate, is encouraging everyone to enjoy what's on offer across Northern Ireland.

Quate stated, "We are running an extensive programme of events and experiences as part of 'Taste the Island', including everything from visits to food producers, food trails and food festivals, hands-on workshops and the chance to sit back and enjoy the best of modern local cuisine in traditional pubs, restaurants and cafes.


"Tourism NI has been working with the food and drink industry on this initiative to showcase the best of our award-winning food and drink.

"We want to provide local and international visitors with experiences and events that will encourage them to discover our exciting local food scene and create lasting memories which will make them want to return."

Tourism NI is also running a competition on social media, where visitors who have tried some of the local quinine can share their experience on Instagram by posting them with the #TastetheIsland hashtag and tag @discoverNI.

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