Sector: Food and Drink

Food and drink is an ever growing industry and the MGMPR team is here to help promote the interests of producers. We have worked with Food NI, Taste of the West and the Richhill Apple Harvest Fayre among others. If you are a food and drink producer, we can help you by Telling Your Story. Whether you're doing a show, launching a new product range or exporting your good elsewhere, we will deliver your message.

October 12 The Richhill Apple Fayre

Popular fayre returns with apples, scarecrows and Jenny Bristow

We all love Hallowe’en and what has been making it extra special over the last few years is the much anticipated Richhill Apple Harvest Fayre which celebrates the end of the harvest.

The Apple Harvest Fayre is back for a fourth year with a celebration of County Armagh’s home grown produce which will include food demonstrations with Jenny Bristow. With food and drink stalls, live cooking demonstrations and lots of entertainment, Richhill will be the place to be on October 28.

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October 10 In the Press

Fifth generation apple grower Greg MacNeice of Mac Ivors Cider Co with journalist Eleanor McGillie with Polish apple pickers in MacNeice's orchards in Co Armagh. MGMPR_01

Apple picking in County Armagh – a county bursting with crates of the crop

Journalist Eleanor McGillie travels to Armagh’s famous orchards to learn the art of apple picking under the watchful eye of a fifth generation apple grower.

Greg MacNeice, of Mac Ivors Cider Co, takes Eleanor under his wing for the day to teach her the art of his craft. This feature was published in Saturday, October 7’s Belfast Telegraph. We hope you enjoy the read as it was such a fantastic experience to get onto this land which is cared for and nurtured by the MacNeice family.

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September 6 Brand Journalism In the Press

Mac Ivors Traditional Dry Cider and Medium Cider win prestigious Fine Farm Food Awards announced on Countryfile Live at Blenheim Palace. Picture by James Dobson

Mac Ivors Cider Co celebrates winning Fine Farm Food Award

One of Ireland’s leading Irish craft cider producers has won a National Trust Fine Farm Food Award for its Traditional Dry Cider and Medium Cider.

The award was announced on BBC’s Countryfile Live event at Blenheim Palace. The awards celebrate the very best produce from the Trust’s 1,500 tenant farmers and estates. Producers participating look after more than 500,000 acres of grazed pasture, orchards and arable farmland across the UK. Have a read here;

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August 17 Brand Journalism

Oyster farmer Patrice Bonnargent.

Meet the oyster farmer who is taking the taste of our shores back in-land

Oyster farmer Patrice Bonnargent is working hard in Killough, Co Down, to bring the best oysters to the UPU Plough Festival which takes place from August 24-26 where you could win £1,000 in a competition.

We speak to Patrice about oyster farming ahead of the festival which is taking place at The Plough Inn to raise money for next year’s Hillsborough International Oyster Festival which had to be cancelled this year due to a change in funding arrangements and rising costs.

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April 21 In the Press

Mac Ivors Cider Co ciders are now in Marks & Spencer Stores in Northern Ireland

Mac Ivors Cider Co’s great tasting ciders now in Marks & Spencer stores

Huge congratulations to Mac Ivors Cider Co on the announcement that their great tasting ciders are now available in Marks & Spencer stores in Northern Ireland.

Traditional Dry Cider, Medium Cider and Plum and Ginger Cider are available so people can enjoy a food and drink adventure. Marks & Spencer’s mission is to become the best craft beer retailer on the high street while offer local beers from smaller breweries with the convenience of buying them from a local M&S store.

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April 11 Brand Journalism

MGMPR Ltd will help you write submissions for business awards in Northern Ireland

Submissions, submissions and more submissions as awards season is upon us!

There are so many people in Northern Ireland doing fantastic things and our hats go off to anyone who owns their own business – it’s hard work and we know it only too well.

Now is your chance to celebrate your achievements by entering awards because behind every good business there are great people. Entering awards presents many opportunities and we have seen this at first hand with our clients. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

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April 5 Newsfeed

The Dirty Onion Boilermaker Club boards.

The Dirty Onion reveals Boilermaker twist by pairing whiskey with Mac Ivors Cider

IF you love the food and drink tours going on around Belfast you’ll love popping into The Dirty Onion to sample the new Boilermaker menu.

The latest twist of its Boilermaker menu combines the taste of Armagh’s famous orchards to a centuries old concept which originated in America. Tim has paired a Teeling small batch Whiskey with Mac Ivors Cider Co’s Traditional Dry cider. The menu is going down a treat with tourists and locals.

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March 14 Brand Journalism In the Press

Mac Ivors Cider Co Wins Champion Cider in 2015 - Greg MacNeice picked up the award and is hoping to have the same success in 2017. With Greg is Patrick Redman, BFBi national chairman.

Mac Ivors Cider scoops three gold medals in International Brewing and Cider Awards

Mac Ivors Cider Co has picked up three gold medals at the 2017 International Brewing and Cider Awards for Traditional Dry, Medium and Plum and Ginger cider – awards judged by professional cider makers.

Mac Ivors Cider Co along with three other Irish cider producers and brewers who got Gold, Silver and Bronze, will collect their medals at an awards luncheon to be held at London’s Guildhall on April 26, when the 10 overall Championship winners – nine beers and one cider – will be unveiled.

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February 27 In the Press

Left to Right: Fergus Mackey of North West 200, Sara O' Neill Éadach, Eleanor McGillie Director Live It Experience It, Mervyn Whyte MBE North West 200 ‘Live It Experience It’ is a cluster of tourism businesses working together to promote Northern Ireland through water, air and land based activities, food and drink and great places to stay.

NW200 announce partnership with Live It Experience It ahead of 2017 road race

Live It Experience It is a group of very cool tourism businesses working together to promote Northern Ireland to our visitors.

The organisation launched with an announcement in The Arcadia in Portrush that it is to be a tourism partner with the Vauxhall International North West 200 for 2017. The race last year attracted 100,000 spectators. This year organisers want to tell those spectators what there is to do, where they can stay and tell stories of our fantastic food and drink.

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December 6 In the Press Year of Food & Drink 2016

Mac Ivors Cider Co is an Irish craft cider producer based in Co Armagh.

Cider maker invests £250,000 in new press as Irish craft cider market booms

Mac Ivors Cider Co has just invested £250,000 in a new state of the art German cider press and a new 10 acre orchard.

This year Mac Ivors got silver in Blas na hÉireann for its Traditional Dry and Plum and Ginger ciders, was voted best Artisan producer in Armagh, joint best in Ulster and joint best in Ireland. The producer also picked up a Great Taste Award for Traditional Dry and Medium ciders and a silver medal at the Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards.

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October 25 In the Press Year of Food & Drink 2016

Ann Henderson is the owner of Back of Beyond - a casual dining restaurant in Caledon, Co Tyrone.

A crafty cook turns old potato shed into the Back of Beyond in Caledon

A crafty cook has turned an old potato shed into a casual dining restaurant in the Georgian village of Caledon in Co Tyrone.

Ann Henderson saw an opportunity to make an impact on the rural community by turning something very old into something really new. Ann decided to get creative and turn the potato shed into a 24-seater casual dining restaurant which serves food which is produced locally, has created a few new jobs and is a place where local people can congregate.

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October 4 In the Press Year of Food & Drink 2016

Caledon Village Georgian Festival welcomed the Side Saddle Association of Ireland to the festival.

Thousands of pounds raised as Caledon village steps back to celebrate Georgian era

The Caledon Village Georgian Festival which took place on October 1 was a fantastic display of all things Georgian and raised thousands of pounds for the local community.

The event was officially opened by the Earl of Caledon KCVO and was attended by Terence Brannigan, chairman of Tourism NI, members of the community and visitors. This event was a massive community effort which shows how small communities can make a big impact by working together.

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September 7 In the Press Year of Food & Drink 2016

The Caledon Village Georgian Festival

Caledon steps back in time as community organises village Georgian festival

Caledon is a beautiful village on the borders of Tyrone, Armagh and Monaghan. The community are taking a step back in time to host the Caledon Village Georgian Festival.

The festival, which will take place on October 1 from 10am-4pm, will include Georgian themed children’s activities, a food and drink courtyard, side saddle demonstrations, historical walking tours of the village and much more. Traders and members of the public can dress in the Georgian theme for the festival.

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August 19 In the Press Year of Food & Drink 2016

The fire is sparked as The Food Heartlands celebrate Meat Month with Uluru Bar & Grill

It’s Meat Month as part of the NI Food and Drink initiative and the chefs at Uluru Bar & Grill are firing up the Josper Grill to cook you a steak like you’ve never tasted before.

Head Chef Mark McGonigle and the of team chefs are cooking a Cote De Boeuf which will make your mouth water. Situated in The Food Heartlands, this Michelin Recommended restaurant offers customers the perfect dining experience. With only one week to go the Cote De Boeuf is available to order until August 31.

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July 25 In the Press

New chapter for Uluru Bar & Grill as Aussie chef Dean Coppard hits the coast

It’s the end of an era and the start of a new chapter as chef Dean Coppard hands over the baton to Head Chef Mark McGonigle at Uluru Bar & Grill.

For the past 18 months the team have worked their way through a major transition as part of a £2million investment which included the relocation of Uluru Bar & Grill. The team have worked tirelessly to create an Australian neighbourhood style restaurant. But now, it’s time for the chefs to shine as Dean heads off on a new challenge.

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