In another welcome slice of normality, the popular Armagh Food & Cider Weekend takes place from Thursday 24 until Sunday 27 September,
It features 20 pre-bookable events from cider tastings and orchard tours to farm-to-fork showcases and some of the area’s top chefs will be taking part. They include Ireland’s Hotel Head Chef of the Year, John Whyte from Armagh City Hotel, Gareth Reid from 4 Vicars Catering, Joyce Brownless of Blackwell House and Fiona and Rory Chapman from On the Hoof. Local food produces have also teamed up to create an array of events of that, say, organisers, combine tradition and contemporary taste.
Highlights include tours of Armagh’s renowned apple orchards along with tastings and talks with cider expert Gabe Cook and a five-course farm to fork feast curated by Gareth Reid at Crannagael House. There is also a sushi masterclass at Armagh City Hotel, a cakes and bakes masterclass at Blackwell House, and a cooking with fire course at the Keeper's Lodge at Gosford Forest Park. Meanwhile, little foodies might enjoy the Find and Dine Celts-inspired lunch at Navan Centre & Fort or the foraging event at Oxford Island.
Speaking about the event Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s Lord Mayor, Kevin Savage said, “Developed with everyone’s safety in mind, this year’s special series of events rightly commends our proud past and our present culinary successes and I’m delighted that this award-winning event is back on the menu this year.”
The weekend carries the accredited ‘We’re Good To Go’ industry standard developed by VisitEngland in partnership with Tourism Northern Ireland, meaning it adheres to government and public health guidance.
For the full programme of events or to book a spot go to www.visitarmagh.com/foodandcider.