Artisan Producers Give Balmoral Show Visitors A Flavour Of Mid And East Antrim’s Finest Food And Drink

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Artisan food and drink providers served up some of Mid and East Antrim’s finest produce to thousands of Balmoral Show visitors. More than 100,000 people headed to Balmoral Park for the four-day event, celebrating 150 years of The Show.

Visitors passed through the NI Food Pavilion and sampled the flavours on offer from across the borough.
Mid and East Antrim Borough Council supported the very best of local produce at Balmoral by providing eight local businesses an affordable opportunity to exhibit.

Amplify

The businesses are all members of the newly launched Mid and East Antrim Food Network, part of Council’s exciting ‘Amplify’ plans to boost the local economy. The network aims to get agri-food businesses working together to promote the sector, in and out of the borough, as not only somewhere for ‘foodies’ to get fresh, local, high quality produce but for businesses to see the borough as a place to invest.

Visitors got a chance to sample tasty produce from Linda’s Original, Tom & Ollie, Flossy Treats, Wee Mallows, From Granny’s Pantry, Clearer Water, Hillstown Farm and Granny Shaw’s Fudge.

Mayor Paul Reid at Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s Food Network stand alongside chef Jenny

Mayor Paul Reid at Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s Food Network stand alongside chef Jenny

High Quality, Locally Grown

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough, Councillor Paul Reid joined the crowds and was full of praise for the producers and the quality of the exhibitions on show, “I spent time with some of our producers during a visit to Balmoral Show and was hugely impressed. The NI Food Pavilion is an integral part of the show and a great advertisement for high quality, locally grown produce. Jenny Bristow also added a cherry to the very successful cake by cooking up some of Mid and East Antrim’s finest produce for the masses.

“Mid and East Antrim is home to a vibrant agri-food sector with one in five people working for the 1,363 agri-food businesses based in the region. Agri-food is one of Council’s priority sectors, which we are committed to supporting and growing as part of Amplify. This is an excellent opportunity to raise the profile of our local agri-food companies and I have no doubt thousands left the show with a new-found knowledge and deep appreciation of the fantastic work going on throughout Mid and East Antrim.”

Council secured two exhibition spaces within the NI Food Pavilion for local producers as well as Jenny Bristow’s Kitchen. The initiative is part funded by DAERA under the NI Regional Food Programme.

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