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Moira To Host Its First Food & Drink Festival This Weekend

Expect many family-friendly events, including the Moira Speciality Food Fair.

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From August 15th to 18th, this new festival in Co. Down will feature many family-friendly events, including the already popular Speciality Food Fair.

After the success of the inaugural Hillsborough Castle and Gardens food festival this July, County Down is getting another brand-new fun foodie celebration. This weekend, the picturesque village of Moira is organising its first-ever Food & Drink Festival, which will extend the now-famous Moira Speciality Food Fair to a larger-scale event.

The four-day festival, presented by the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, started on Thursday with a ‘Dine with the Producers Supper’ in the renowned Wine and Brine restaurant. A comedy evening and a pub quiz were also hosted in the village pubs. 

For the rest of the weekend, the festival will feature a host of family-friendly events such as an orienteering treasure hunt, cooking masterclasses with Chef Chris McGowan among others, a traditional jam-making masterclass with Brambleberry Jams in one of Moira’s restored listed homes, and a coffee tasting and cupping hosted by The Fine Coffee Co. On Friday, visitors will be able to enjoy a family-friendly street party with colourful street theatre, a children’s disco and live music from 6 pm to 9 pm. 

The final two days of the Moira Festival of Food & Drink will be focused around the Speciality Food Fair, which will open its doors from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday, and between 11 am and 5 pm on Sunday in the Moira Demesne. For its 5th edition, the event has been extended to an extra day, giving local traders and producers the opportunity to showcase and share their food and drink delicacies with members of the public. 

Visitors will have the chance to purchase directly from producers as well as pick up some great cookery tips through the various kitchen sessions, masterclasses and workshops, hosted by local food producers and chefs, including Northern Ireland’s celebrated chef, cookery writer and broadcaster, Paula McIntyre MBE. On Sunday afternoon, to close this foodie weekend on a high note, The Stillhouse will host a family-friendly ‘grill your own’ Garden BBQ with live music. 

For more information, including the full programme of events visit visitlisburncastlereagh.com.