The Best of Northern Ireland Food and Drink
Borough Market will be providing culinary inspiration from the best of Northern Ireland food and drink to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in the capital, with guest traders setting up shop in the Market Hall to sell some of the best Northern Irish delicacies available.
The regional showcase will bring to life a fantastic array of award-winning produce sourced from this small, yet mighty, region with a longstanding heritage in food and drink.
For a regional tipple, Shortcross Gin, Northern Ireland’s first premium craft gin – inspired by the surrounding forests and gardens at Rademon Estate in Co. Down – will be on sale. Botanicals include foraged wild clover, local green apples and elderberries all combined with fresh water from the estate well.
Northern Ireland’s home-grown talent, chef Paula McIntyre will be heading to Borough Market for the regional showcase. Over the course of the four days she will be taking part in various cooking demonstrations, using delicious produce from Northern Ireland and will be whipping up a dish with famous smoked Lough Neagh Eel and pollan, a freshwater whitefish which only comes from five Irish lakes.
On Saturday afternoon she’ll be joined by Alison O’Reilly, a 2017 Masterchef finalist, and Ian Orr, of multi-award winning Brown’s Restaurant. There will be plenty of recipes to take home and inspire visitors to cook up a St Patrick’s Day feast.
“Borough Market has always been a place where people from all corners of the country, and further afield, come together to share food with a strong heritage and cultural identity. By welcoming our Northern Irish friends to the Market we hope to introduce Londoners to the breadth and quality of food hailing from these shores, all in time for St Patrick’s Day.” Darren Henaghan, Managing Director of Borough Market.
‘Taste the Greatness of Northern Ireland’ will take place between 10am and 5pm on Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th March, 10am and 6pm on Friday 16th March, and 8am – 5pm on Saturday 17th March.
Admission to the event is free.
Who will be there?
Food and drink on sale from Northern Ireland’s guest producers will include:
- Traditionally crafted Abernethy Butter made from cows that graze on the green grass of the Lagan Valley. In addition to salted butter they create smoked butter, dulse and sea salt butter and, butter fudge.
- A fruit and spice conserve, also known as ‘Irish Black Butter’ which can be put on toast, paired with cold meats and cheese or eaten with ice cream. The innovative product hails from Co. Antrim.
- Artisan cheeses and butters from Ballylisk Dairies in Armagh, which are created using cream from their cows only. Their key products include a triple cream cheese, soft creamy blue and a vintage cheddar.
- Burren Balsamics from Armagh who use the local Bramley apples amongst many other fruit from rhubarb and blueberry to thyme and ginger to infuse their range of delicious vinegars.
- Cavanagh free-range eggs from the beautiful lakelands of Co. Fermanagh where the hens forage amongst oak, ash and chestnut trees.
- Harnett’s Oils, Hemp oil and rapeseed oil from the fields of Co. Down, which are perfect for dressings, dips and marinades.
- A selection of vegetable and potato accompaniments from mashed potato to veggie burgers all made by Mash Direct from freshly steamed veg which are then prepared and packed up for easy enjoyment.
- White’s porridge oats and oat cereal, which are perfect for porridge. As one of Northern Ireland’s oldest brands, the oats have been produced in Tandragee, Co. Armagh since 1841.
- Soda farls, apple cakes, potato bread and fluffy pancakes all fashioned on a popup griddle by Mark Douglas of Krazi Baker
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