Speciality Food Fair returns to Moira

Event Organiser Joanne McErlain, Babble (centre) joins 4 year old Teegan Coates, Lisburn, and Kitchen Gardener Jilly Dougan to launch the 3rd Speciality Food Fair Moira, which will return to the picturesque parkland setting of Moira Demesne on Saturday 12th August from 10am - 6pm.
Event Organiser Joanne McErlain, Babble (centre) joins 4 year old Teegan Coates, Lisburn, and Kitchen Gardener Jilly Dougan to launch the 3rd Speciality Food Fair Moira, which will return to the picturesque parkland setting of Moira Demesne on Saturday 12th August from 10am - 6pm.

The Speciality Food Fair is set to return to the picturesque parkland setting of Moira Demesne on Saturday, August 12.

Organisers of the annual event, which has grown to be a highlight on the calendar of local foodies, have confirmed a packed line-up with a diverse mix of primary and artisan food producers taking part alongside live cooking demos, interactive children’s activities, and more scheduled for this year’s event.

Reflecting on the popularity of the Speciality Food Fair, Alderman Allan Ewart, Chairman of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Development Committee said: “We are delighted to welcome the return of the Speciality Food Fair Moira for its third year. As a council, we are proud to see so many award-winning producers from the area take centre stage, as well as welcoming many other quality producers from throughout Northern Ireland.

“We extend an invitation to local residents and foodies from further afield to visit this free-to-enter event filled with food and fun.”

Building on previous years’ successes, this year’s Speciality Food Fair will return bigger and better than before, with over 40 primary and artisan producers confirmed.

Particular attention has been paid to the street food offering so the temptation to dine al fresco will be hard to resist. There will be something to suit all tastes, with brunch dishes, speciality burgers, ramen, gourmet grilled cheese and vegan street food being just some of the choices on the menu.

Each year of the event sees greater focus on provenance and this year, local growers who are excelling at producing head-turning blooms and mouth-watering produce in our back yards, will be celebrated.

The demo kitchen will be buzzing with various sessions on current food trends including a Q&A session with the renowned and entertaining food critic Charles Campion, who is returning after enjoying his visit last year. Hands-on workshops in planting and growing will appeal to all ages, and – of course – the popular Café Bar will make its return for a place in the shade to enjoy a tea, coffee, beer or prosecco, among other treats.

Event organiser Joanne McErlain, Babble, commented on the diversity of local artisan food producers set to take over Moira Demesne.

“The line-up for this year’s Speciality Food Fair stands as a testament to the variety of food and drink available on our doorstep,” said Joanne.

“Taking on board feedback from previous years, we are delighted to have also expanded the offering for those with special dietary requirements including gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options.

“As always, we are equipped for rain or shine with plenty of opportunities to eat outdoors, but also a sprawling marquee and canvas cover, which act as a welcomed shelter from rain or shine.”

Entry and parking to the Speciality Food Fair is free. The fair will run from 10am – 6pm on Saturday, August 12, with improved accessibility for disabled visitors and larger covered areas to provide shade from the elements.

For more information on the event visit www.facebook.com/foodfairmoira or follow the Speciality Food Fair Moira social media channels on Twitter and Instagram @FoodFairMoira.