Freebird Tea

An Interview with Karen Alexander from Freebird Tea

Lynyrd Skynyrd, an epiphany in a hospital waiting room and gin & tonic tea! Karen Alexander tells me about her Freebird journey so far. *this post contains affiliate links Now I must confess, I’m much more into my coffee than my tea. But perhaps I’ve just never tried the right tea? (That and possibly the … Continue reading An Interview with Karen Alexander from Freebird Tea

Gin Menus Belfast

5 Great Gin Menus in Belfast

*This post contains affiliate links Now I love Gin, and apparently, I'm not alone! Gin is undoubtedly the trendiest of drinks at the minute. New gins continue to pop up from all over, trying for a share of our attention and to satisfy what I think is a huge surge in peoples curiosity about the … Continue reading 5 Great Gin Menus in Belfast

Granny Shaws Fudge Factory

Granny Shaws Fudge Factory opens at Glenarm Castle Northern Ireland’s first fudge factory has opened at Glenarm Castle just in time for the new spring season. Visitors can watch the art of fudge-making at Granny Shaws Fudge Factory before choosing from more than 50 flavours including Eton Mess, Sea Salted Caramel, Red Velvet, Chocolate Coconut & Cherry, … Continue reading Granny Shaws Fudge Factory

Finnebrogue Naked Bacon

The Naked Revolution at Finnebrogue

Naked Bacon So I'm loving this Naked Bacon, part of the latest range from Finnebrogue. Naked meats are made without the addition of nitrites and E numbers. The folks at Finnebrogue having produced sausages for more than a decade vowed not to produce bacon until they could make it safer, which means doing without the harmful nitrites, … Continue reading The Naked Revolution at Finnebrogue

The Best of Northern Ireland Food and Drink at Borough Market title

Taste the Greatness of Northern Ireland in the run up to St Patrick’s Day at Borough Market

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 … Continue reading Taste the Greatness of Northern Ireland in the run up to St Patrick’s Day at Borough Market

Armagh Cider Company

Not to be outdone by the plethora of breweries, micro breweries and other craft beer & ale producers knocking about these days, Northern Ireland has a fair representation in the craft cider world too. The multi award winning Armagh Cider Company are one of the best known for this. Owned by the Troughton Family and … Continue reading Armagh Cider Company

Live from the Farm

So last night I took part in my very first Facebook LIVE! The team at Farmageddon Brewing Co-op invited me to be part of what was their 2nd live broadcast. I’m a huge fan of their beer and have featured them previously in a couple of my posts, so it was fantastic to get to go to the … Continue reading Live from the Farm

Preserving What Matters

Right so you'll find a few of these appearing on the blog this year and hopefully beyond. I love Northern Ireland Food (if that wasn't abundantly clear already!). Our producers are passionate, our products and produce are high quality and behind every one there's a real story, and I love that. So every now and … Continue reading Preserving What Matters

Hilden Brewery Tour

Learning and Legacy at Hilden Brewery

So the Northern Ireland Year of Food and Drink is coming to an end. Reserving December for, quite understandably, 'Christmas and Premium Foods', November was 'Legacy and Learn to' month. And what better place to celebrate this than in the oldest independent brewery on the Island of Ireland, Hilden Brewery, marking its 35th birthday in … Continue reading Learning and Legacy at Hilden Brewery

Last Orders!

So we leave behind April, what was Brewing and Distilling month of the Northern Ireland Year of Food & Drink and welcome the sobriety of May (hopefully free from hangovers). Having tried and tested some of the local offerings I think it's fair to say Northern Ireland more than holds its own when it comes to … Continue reading Last Orders!

A Chat with Jawbox Gin’s Gerry White

*this post contains affiliate links In 2016, the Northern Ireland Year of Food & Drink, April is Brewing & Distilling month. Having covered brewing with 'Brewing by the Yard' it was time for distilling. I met with Gerry White to talk about his very own Jawbox Gin. A Chat with Gerry So on a bright … Continue reading A Chat with Jawbox Gin’s Gerry White

Brewing by the Yard

As we are now in April, the Brewing and Distilling month of the Northern Ireland Year of Food & Drink I visited Hercules Brewing & Co. in Belfast's Titanic Quarter and spoke with the MD, Niall McMullan. Back in the Day Brewing and distilling is embedded into the fabric of Belfast’s history and along with the linen, … Continue reading Brewing by the Yard