Artisan food, interactive cookery demonstrations with French cookery aficionado Jean-Christophe Novelli as well as lashings of family fun are just some of the activities on offer as part of the Comber Earlies Food Festival 2018 taking place at The Square and St Mary’s Church Car Park in Comber on Saturday 23 June.

Held in honour of the fabulous flavour of Comber Earlies which is loved across the whole of Northern Ireland and beyond, the Festival is firmly established on Northern Ireland’s culinary calendar as one of the finest free food and drink events of its kind in the Borough. It is organised by Ards and North Down Borough Council in partnership with Comber Earlies Growers, Food NI and DAERA.

There’s artisan food to sample and take home, cookery demonstrations as well as fun for all the family including a tractor display, haybale picnic area and children’s barn dance among a host of other activity throughout the day.

Mayor of Ards and North Down Borough Council, Cllr Richard Smart, said: “Whether you’re a regular foodie who has an appetite for local food and regional specialities, or just want to pick up some tips and soak up the atmosphere you’ll definitely enjoy both the gastronomic offerings and entertainment on offer as part of the Festival. This event showcases the quality, diversity and wholesomeness of locally and regionally produced fresh food and drink and celebrates its provenance and we are delighted that it continues to attract growing numbers each year.”

The uniqueness of Comber Earlies, the potato grown around the town of Comber in Co Down, has earned it Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status in Brussels. PGI is awarded by the European Commission to protect and promote named regional food products that have a reputation or noted characteristics specific to an area.

The one-day event is again being supported by a week-long Comber Earlies Fringe Festival taking place from Friday 15 to Sunday 24 June with back-to-back activity throughout the week including producers sharing food skills, live music, BBQ’s, tea dances, bake offs as well as entertainment for all the family with kids barn dances, storytelling and school olympics.

The Festival opening times are 10pm to 4pm on Saturday 23rd June with the Fringe Festival taking place from Friday 15 – Sunday 24 June.

A personalised video from Jean-Christophe can be found on our Facebook page via the following link

For updates as the Festival draws near visit

For media enquiries:

Ards and North Down Borough Council Corporate Communications, on 028 9127 8052 or email or