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The One Show's Matt and Alex sample Northern Ireland delicacies in Cushendall

The One Show presenters Matt Baker and Alex Jones sampled some of Northern Ireland's finest delicacies as they broadcast live from the Heart of the Glens Food Festival in Cushendall, Co Antrim.

The popular BBC magazine show is spending a week in Northern Ireland as part of its Big Causeway Crawl, which will see live broadcasts from towns and villages along the Causeway Coast.

The tour will showcase the beautiful NI landscape, and spread the word about what attractions the area holds for visitors.

After beginning the week in Carrickfergus, Matt and Alex took in the atmosphere at Cushendall's annual food festival on Tuesday - and enjoyed some soda and potato bread, as well as some tasty eel.

"That is beautiful!" declared Matt, who has also become enamoured with the beautiful sights along the Causeway Coast.

"We been on some road trips," he said at the start of the programme. "But the journey to Cushendall was something else. California eat your heart out."

"It's some of the best scenery I've ever experienced," added Alex. "Seriously, if you want to book a holiday, the Antrim coast is perfect."

The presenting pair were joined on the famous green sofas in the middle of the small village by Irish band The Script.

The trio spoke about their return to the music scene with their new album, as well as getting back on the road for their upcoming tour.

Frontman Danny O'Donoghue was also in awe at the beautiful surrounding of the glens of Antrim, telling the presenters the area was "like a fairtale."

"I've never been in this part of the world before and it is incredible, it's so scenic," he added.

Meanwhile, during the show, Angela Scanlon and Joe Lindsay continued their journey along the Causeway Coastal Route in a DeLorean, stopping off in Carnlough where they discovered a Second World War connection at the Londonderry Arms Hotel.

The One Show will now head further along the Causeway Coast to broadcast live from Ballycastle on Wednesday.

The programme is also set to visit the east Strand promenade in Portrush on Thursday, with the final programme of the week coming from the Giant's Causeway on Friday.

More than four million viewers nationwide are estimated to be tuning into images of the Causeway Coast this week, and discovering the beauty of Northern Ireland.

Tourism Ireland said that it was "delighted" with the attention The One Show will bring to the province.

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