Get Ready, Set, Go! Loaves and Fishes Returns To Ballywalter Park

Foodies, families and friends alike can prepare to have their taste buds tantalised when the Loaves and Fishes Food Fair returns to Ballywalter Park on Sunday 8 October (2017).

The private estate of Lord and Lady Dunleath, which is not normally open to the public, will play host to over 20 local artisan food and drink producers – including the new addition of a pop-up bar showcasing local cask ales, craft beers and spirits from Copeland Gin and Harland Wines – with top chefs Stevie Toman of Michelin starred ‘OX’ in Belfast and Danny Millar, Executive Chef for The Parson’s Nose, Hillsborough, Balloo House, Killinchy, and The Poacher’s Pocket in Lisbane, will be amongst those providing cooking demonstrations.

Worshipful Master fishmonger, Hal Dawson will also provide a class in how to perfectly fillet a fish while Dearbhla Reynolds, one of Ireland’s foremost fermentistas and the healthy gut activist and published author behind The Cultured Club, will also give a demonstration and Lady Dunleath will teach visitors how to make Sourdough bread made using home-grown wheat crop.

Fun, food-themed activities will keep children entertained and guided tours of the estate’s Victorian walled garden will also be available.

Loaves and Fishes is organised by Ards and North Down Borough Council in partnership with Seafish and with support from Food NI.

It is part of Seafood Week – an annual campaign aimed at promoting the consumption of seafood.

Speaking about the upcoming event, Chief Executive of Ards and North Down Borough Council, Stephen Reid, commented:

“After the resounding success of last year’s premiere event, the Council is proud to bring it back for a second year.  Loaves and Fishes celebrates the fantastic range of foods and drinks produced in Ards and North Down – many of which have won prestigious awards – and supports these valuable local businesses.”

Dr Lynn Gilmore, Seafish Northern Ireland Manager, said:

“We are delighted to work with Ards and North Down Borough Council and FoodNI to celebrate local food and in particular seafood at the Loaves and Fishes. The Loaves and Fishes is one of a number of exciting things taking place across the UK during Seafood Week and we’d encourage everyone to get involved. The aim Seafood Week is to get more people, to eat more seafood, more often and is being promoted by Fish is the Dish, our Seafish consumer campaign.”