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 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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December 20 In the Press Year of Food & Drink 2016

Emerson's Supermarket in Armagh has been serving the district for over 125 years. Now it's the UK's Most Sustainable Independent Retailer of the year

UK’s Most Sustainable Independent Retailer is right here in Armagh

Emerson’s Supermarket in Armagh’s historic city centre is the UK’s Most Sustainable Independent Retailer of the Year for the second year running.

Staff retention, using renewable sources for energy, reducing food waste, food provenance, supporting local producers, supporting local families and creating new jobs are the things which makes this supermarket tick. Owner Gavin Emerson is delighted to be the recipient of this accolade again this year. Here’s the story:

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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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June 28 In the Press Year of Food & Drink 2016

They may be slippery but sprinkle some Aussie authenticity and you’ve got a mighty fine catch

On Saturday, Dean Coppard, the Executive Chef at Uluru Bar & Grill in Armagh, will be cooking eel at the ‘River To Lough Festival’ in Antrim.

‘Lough and Apples’ is an award winning dish jointly created with Sous Chef Adam Ogle. This dish was used as the ‘starter’ as part of Adam’s menu for IFEX 2016 Salon de Culinaire for which he received a bronze medal and placed third in Ireland for Senior Chef of the Year. Here’s the full story:

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November 2 In the Press The Richhill Apple Fayre

Armagh in top nine tourism destinations as harvest fayre crowned a huge success

Terence Brannigan has described Co Armagh as one of nine key designated visitor destinations in Northern Ireland and said he was proud to stand side by side with the people of the Orchard County at this year’s Richhill Apple Harvest Fayre.

The Tourism NI chairman, was guest speaker at this year’s fayre, which celebrates the end of the harvest and showcases what County Armagh food and drink producers have to offer. The Fayre is an authentic celebration which connects us with our land.

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October 21 In the Press The Richhill Apple Fayre

Richhill Apple Harvest Fayre to contribute to export growth says Tourism NI boss

Terence Brannigan, the chairman of Tourism NI says food and drink producers in Armagh county will play a significant role in turning tourism from an £800million industry to a £1billion industry over the next five years.

Tourism is currently an £800million industry but Tourism NI expect this to grow to become a £1billion industry over the next five years. It is hoped the sector will be responsible for 50,000 jobs in our region as our development towards a growth in export continues to be a major focus.

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October 7 In the Press

Tourism consortium to launch mythic cycling tours in soulful Sperrins

The Sperrin Mountains are set to become a major tourist attraction for touring cyclists thanks to a group of businesses who have joined together as a consortium to promote the area.

The Cycle Sperrins Consortium, which is made up of speciality food producers, farm businesses, tearooms and quality accommodation providers based along the world-class four day cycle route, will welcome Tourism NI’s chairman to officially launch Cycle Sperrins. Here’s the full story:

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October 6 In the Press The Richhill Apple Fayre

Women and country fayres go hand in hand but it’s more than just making pies

Richhill Apple Harvest Fayre attracted 2,000 people last year to celebrate the end of the harvest. This year, the fayre takes place on October 31 – Halloween Day.

Richhill Women’s Institute, who featured on the Great British Menu, will play a key role this year. Where else can you eat apples, peel apples, eat pies, enjoy cookery demonstrations, sample locally produced ciders, juices and craft beers, celebrate Halloween and buy locally produced County Armagh food?

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October 6 In the Press

Chef Wayne talks about a great boss and beating the heat of the kitchen

The Alpha Newspaper Group have published a new food and drink supplement this week which features Uluru Bar & Grill chef, Wayne Elliot, who is nominated for Yes Chefs ‘Young Chef of the Year’.

Wayne, who is 21-years-old, speaks out about what it’s like to be a young chef, how to cope with the competition, how important it is to have a good boss as a mentor and how to cope with the heat and pressure of a busy kitchen. The Uluru Bar & Grill chef speaks to Eleanor McGillie. Here’s the full story:

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August 24 In the Press The Richhill Apple Fayre

Richhill Apple Harvest Fayre launches in line with BBC’s Great British Menu

Richhill Apple Harvest Fayre attracted over 2,000 last year which was the first year of the event which celebrates artisan food and drink producers.

This year’s event celebrates food and drink, the Centenary of one of the most powerful organisations in the UK – the Women’s Institute and also Halloween. To top if off, the fayre has been launched this year in line with the BBC’s Great British Menu which will feature last year’s fayre as part of its WI celebrations. Here’s the full story:

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July 22 In the Press

Ireland gets a taste of Oz as chef Dean Coppard hits prime time TV

With its funky spacious interior, a buzz about its authentic cuisine and its casual, relaxed approach to dining, it’s no wonder Uluru Bar& Grill is getting a lot of attention.

Head chef Dean Coppard has appeared on prime time TV cooking up a storm for all of Ireland to see. Dean, who serves up authentic cuisine with an Australian twist will also appear live on TV3’s The Seven O’clock Show on Monday, August 10 and Tuesday, August 25. He made his debut appearance on Monday.

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July 20 In the Press

Maddens truly is mellow as Armagh Cider Company win Gold at Bath & West

The orchards at Armagh Apple Farm near Portadown have been producing cider in Northern Ireland for 10 years now by Armagh Cider Company.

This year, Armagh Cider Company entered the cider into a class competition at the UK’s largest agricultural show – the Bath & West Show held in Shepton Mallet which is in the heart of Westcountry cider region. The Troughton family are delighted to have scooped the Gold Award and have been commended by Anthony Gibson OBE.

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