Foodies descend on Moira Demesne for second Speciality Food Fair

Local food supporters turned out in droves on Saturday for the second annual Speciality Food Fair Moira, hosted by Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council.

Hundreds of foodies from Lisburn and Castlereagh and across the UK attended the event, which featured a wide range of primary and artisan producers from the Moira area and across Northern Ireland.

Erin Burgess, Grain and Co, Councillor Brian Bloomfield, Mayor,  Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council, and Rosalind Bloomfield, Mayoress

Erin Burgess, Grain and Co, Councillor Brian Bloomfield, Mayor, Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council, and Rosalind Bloomfield, Mayoress

Reflecting on the growth of this year’s fair, Councillor Uel Mackin, chairperson of Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council Development Committee said: “Following the first Speciality Food Fair in Moira last year, we were delighted by the positive feedback we received from both the producers and guests who enjoyed an afternoon of local food, drink and entertainment.”

He continued: “In 2016 – Northern Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink – our aim was to grow this event significantly, and welcome even more small-batch artisan producers and visitors from not only the locality, but from across Northern Ireland.”

This year’s festival, held in conjunction with Tourism Northern Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink, will included many award-winning food offerings to suit all tastes as well as a picnic area, live Kitchen Sessions led by leading local chefs, and even a kids’ play area which ensured the whole family was kept entertained during the afternoon of food, fun, and live entertainment.