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NI Year of Food and Drink Awards shortlist announced

The shortlist for the Northern Ireland Year of Food and Drink Awards has been announced.

The judging panel, made up of highly respected food writers, critics and hospitality experts, were overwhelmed with the level of entries for the inaugural year of the awards, celebrating the achievements of the Year of Food and Drink in 2016. 

Charles Campion, Georgina Campbell, Joris Minne and Professor Una-McMahon Beattie met at Hillsborough Castle on Monday January 16 to deliberate the entries.

Winners will be announced at the awards evening on Thursday February 2 at the Culloden Estate & Spa, during a black tie evening and five course banquet.

Shortlist: NI Year of Food and Drink Awards

Best Food Story

Food Heartland Forums, Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council

Wild About Food, Mid & East Antrim Borough Council in partnership with Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council

Launch of Belfast Met’s Linen Lounge, Yard & Scullery Restaurants, of Belfast Met’s Linen Lounge, Yard & Scullery Restaurants

The Walled Garden at Helen's Bay

Slemish Market Supper Club

The story of the Lough Neagh Eel, Lough Neagh Fishermens co-operative society

Best NI Food Event of Festival

Speciality Food Fair, Moira

Comber Earlies Food Festival, Ards & North Down Borough Council

Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend 2016, Ulster Farmers’ Union

Tesco Taste Festival 2016, Tesco Northern Ireland

Legenderry Food Festival, Derry City & Strabane District Council

Armagh Festival of Food & Cider, Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council

Best NI Local Market

Naturally North Coast & Glens

Campus Food Markets, QUB

St. George’s Market, Belfast, Belfast City Council

Inns Market, Newtownbreda

Causeway Speciality Market Coleraine, Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council

Comber Farmers’ Market, Comber Regeneration Community Partnership

Food Innovation

Himalayan Salt Ages Beef, Hannan Meats

The Kitchen, Henderson Group

Food Heartland Initiative, Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council

Smoked Lough Neagh Eel, Lough Neagh Fishermens co-operative society

Local Quail Production, Ballinteer Farm Quail

Crispy Vegetable Bakes, Mash Direct

Growing for the Future

Journey to Market Programme, Causeway Glens & Coast Borough Council

Food Heartland Initiative, Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council

Foodovation Centre, NWRC

Roots to Market

Food Heartland Initiative, Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council

Getting the branding right to market our product, Cavanagh Free Range Eggs Ltd

Causeway Coast & Glens Food Network, Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council

NI Export Drive, Indie Fude

Best NI Tours and Trails

Ballycastle Food Tour, North Coast Walking Tours

Belfast Food Tour, Taste & Tour NI Ltd.

Tayto Tours, Tayto NI Ltd.

Cycle Sperrins, Far and Wild

Woodland and Whiskey Tour, Ards and North Down Borough Council

'Catch and Sea' in collaboration with The Causeway Lass and Babushka, The Harbour Portrush, Causeway Coast Foodie Tours

Best Marketing Achievement

Launching the SPAR enjoy local meat range, Henderson Wholesale

Fermanagh Restaurant Week, Fermanagh Lakeland Tourism

Launch of Belfast Met’s Linen Lounge, Yard & Scullery Restaurants, of Belfast Met’s Linen Lounge, Yard & Scullery Restaurants

Developing a Multi-Million Pound Meat Supply Business with Lidl Across Europe, Eurostock Food Group

Tayto Taste of Home, Tayto NI Ltd.

Eel-Eat, Lough Neagh Partnership

TICKETS

Tickets (£75 + VAT) and tables of 10 (£750 + VAT) can be purchased by contacting Jackie O’Neill at the Belfast Telegraph on 028 9026 4127 or via j.oneill@belfasttelegraph.co.uk.

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