Belfast Telegraph

Balmoral Show: Visitors get a taste of Northern Ireland's finest food and drink

By Linda Stewart

Crowds of visitors thronged the NI Food Pavilion to sample the finest wares from the region's food and drink producers.

Ireland's biggest agricultural show is the ideal place for companies to showcase their best new products and the cream of the crop was on display yesterday.

Belfast Telegraph promotional team members Lauren Rolston and Aoibheann McKinley during Day 2 of the Balmoral show on May 17th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Belfast Telegraph promotional team members Lauren Rolston and Aoibheann McKinley during Day 2 of the Balmoral show on May 17th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
The tug of war competition during Day 2 of the Balmoral show on May 17th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
The tug of war competition during Day 2 of the Balmoral show on May 17th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th May 2018 Second day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Anne Matthews and Betty Rodgers from A Blissful Blend pictured with Nick McCafferty Entrepreneur Development Apprentice at Ulster Bank. A Blissful Blend was one of the companies provided with free space by Ulster Bank to exhibit in its marquee. The companies include Ulster Bank customers and entrepreneurs from the bank's Entrepreneur Accelerator. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th May 2018 Second day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Ulster Bank has the NatWest Six Nations trophy at its stand over the duration of this yearÕs Balmoral Show. Visitors to the show today had the chance to have their photo taken with the trophy which Ireland claimed this year as part of their Grand Slam success. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th May 2018 Second day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th May 2018 Second day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Pig showing and judging at the show. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th May 2018 Second day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Ulster Bank has the NatWest Six Nations trophy at its stand over the duration of this yearÕs Balmoral Show. Visitors to the show today had the chance to have their photo taken with the trophy which Ireland claimed this year as part of their Grand Slam success. Pictured with the trophy are Ireland and Ulster captain Rory Best with Jack Francis from Crumlin. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Karen Bradley on Day 2 of the Balmoral show on May 17th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Karen Bradley on Day 2 of the Balmoral show on May 17th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Karen Bradley samples food at the Moy Park stand on Day 2 of the Balmoral show on May 17th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Karen Bradley on Day 2 of the Balmoral show on May 17th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Second day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. People queue to gain entry to the show which is celebrating its 150th anniversary (Jonathan Porter/PressEye)
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th May 2018 Second day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Ulster Bank's Henry the Hippo with Freya McMinn(2) and her sister Sofia(3). Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th May 2018 Second day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. People enjoy the entertainment as the 150th anniversary Balmoral Show continues. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th May 2018 Second day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Freestyle Motocross as the 150th anniversary Balmoral Show continues. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th May 2018 Second day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Freestyle Motocross as the 150th anniversary Balmoral Show continues. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th May 2018 Second day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Crowds enjoy the good weather as the 150th anniversary Balmoral Show continues. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th May 2018 Second day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Horse show jumping as the 150th anniversary Balmoral Show continues. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th May 2018 DUP leader Arlene Foster pictured at the Balmoral Show event this afternoon. Second day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Horse showing as the 150th anniversary Balmoral Show continues. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th May 2018 Second day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. People enjoy the entertainment as the 150th anniversary Balmoral Show continues. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Second day of the 2018 Balmoral Show at Balmoral Park. (Jonathan Porter/PressEye)
Second day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Cattle judging as the 150th anniversary Balmoral Show continues (Jonathan Porter/PressEye)
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th May 2018 Second day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. The 150th anniversary Balmoral Show continues. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th May 2018 Second day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Cattle judging as the 150th anniversary Balmoral Show continues. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th May 2018 Second day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Cattle judging as the 150th anniversary Balmoral Show continues. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th May 2018 Second day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Horse showing jumping as the 150th anniversary Balmoral Show continues. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th May 2018 Second day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Horse showing as the 150th anniversary Balmoral Show continues. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th May 2018 Second day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Horse showing as the 150th anniversary Balmoral Show continues. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th May 2018 Second day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Horse showing as the 150th anniversary Balmoral Show continues. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Ballylisk of Armagh was riding high after its new triple cream cheese was named Best New Product in the food pavilion, and owner Dean Wright says it is in talks with some high-end retailers in London which are considering stocking the product.

The family-run business of fifth generation farmers get their ingredient directly from source, using milk from their own Holstein Friesian herd.

"We take the product right through from farm to cheese. I think we are the first farm in Northern Ireland to do that and it means we have a product on the market with full traceability," Dean said.

"It's a triple cream cheese, which is a semi-soft cheese targeted at the high-end market, with three times the amount of cream from normal white mould-ripened cheese would have.

"We have our own milk pools, cows, cheese plant and it has done very well. There has been huge interest from well-known chefs, establishments and outlets across the UK. It's getting to places where I never expected it to get," he said.

Papa's Minerals Company was also turning heads with its new Belfast ginger ale from the Longbridge Drinks Co, which has its own story.

"Belfast invented ginger ale, so we're bringing it back with our brand new Belfast ginger ale," said owner Wayne Adair.

"We've even named it after the Long Bridge. The original Queen's Bridge was called Long Bridge before it was knocked down and replaced with the present Queen's Bridge.

"So, because ginger ale was born in Belfast, we decided to name it after one of the original Belfast landmarks."

Not only was Quails Fine Foods from Banbridge showcasing its latest products, but it was celebrating a win in the show ring.

Joe Quail explained: "We've been farmers and butchers for 120 years. We show Limousin cattle and we won first prize with our cow this year.

Pacemaker Press Belfast: 16/5/2018: The Balmoral Show has begun with the first of four days of events to showcase food and farming in Northern Ireland. As well as a range of livestock classes, the event hosts hundreds of trade stands displaying everything from crafts to machinery. Four year old Anna McFeeters from Carryduff pictured at the show with a Kid goat.
Picture By: Arthur Allison. Pacemaker Press.
Pacemaker Press Belfast: 16/5/2018: The Balmoral Show has begun with the first of four days of events to showcase food and farming in Northern Ireland. As well as a range of livestock classes, the event hosts hundreds of trade stands displaying everything from crafts to machinery. Four year old Anna McFeeters from Carryduff pictured at the show with a Kid goat. Picture By: Arthur Allison. Pacemaker Press.
PressEye-Northern Ireland- 16th May 2018-Picture by Brian Little/ PressEye Riverside Special School pupils Dexter project during the First day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park Picture by Brian Little/PressEye
Pacemaker Press Belfast: 16/5/2018: The Balmoral Show has begun with the first of four days of events to showcase food and farming in Northern Ireland. As well as a range of livestock classes, the event hosts hundreds of trade stands displaying everything from crafts to machinery. Horse Jumping at the Balmoral Show on Wednesday. Picture By: Arthur Allison. Pacemaker Press.
Pacemaker Press Belfast: 16/5/2018: The Balmoral Show has begun with the first of four days of events to showcase food and farming in Northern Ireland. As well as a range of livestock classes, the event hosts hundreds of trade stands displaying everything from crafts to machinery. Horse Jumping at the Balmoral Show on Wednesday. Picture By: Arthur Allison. Pacemaker Press.
HRH Princess Anne visits the Balmoral show today (Wednesday). While at the show she viewed an exhibition of the 150 years of the Balmoral show. she also presented an award to Show Judge Terence McKeag for his 50 years service at the show. Photo by Aaron McCracken

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HRH Princess Anne visits the Balmoral show today (Wednesday). While at the show she viewed an exhibition of the 150 years of the Balmoral show. she also presented an award to Show Judge Terence McKeag for his 50 years service at the show. Photo by Aaron McCracken

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PressEye-Northern Ireland- 16th May 2018-Picture by Brian Little/ PressEye Stunt Moto cross riders put off freestyle tricks during the First day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park Picture by Brian Little/PressEye
Pacemaker Press Belfast: 16/5/2018: The Balmoral Show has begun with the first of four days of events to showcase food and farming in Northern Ireland. As well as a range of livestock classes, the event hosts hundreds of trade stands displaying everything from crafts to machinery. Big Air Motocross Freestyle Jumps at the Balmoral Show. Picture By: Arthur Allison. Pacemaker Press.
Pacemaker Press Belfast: 16/5/2018: The Balmoral Show has begun with the first of four days of events to showcase food and farming in Northern Ireland. As well as a range of livestock classes, the event hosts hundreds of trade stands displaying everything from crafts to machinery. Singer Derek Ryan pictured at the Balmoral Show on Wednesday. Picture By: Arthur Allison. Pacemaker Press.
PressEye-Northern Ireland- 16th May 2018-Picture by Brian Little/ PressEye Riverside Special School pupils Stephen Millar and Matthew Bloomer Dexter project during the First day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park Picture by Brian Little/PressEye
Pacemaker Press Belfast: 16/5/2018: The Balmoral Show has begun with the first of four days of events to showcase food and farming in Northern Ireland. As well as a range of livestock classes, the event hosts hundreds of trade stands displaying everything from crafts to machinery. A robotic robot entertains the crowds at the Balmoral Show. Picture By: Arthur Allison. Pacemaker Press.
Pacemaker Press Belfast: 16/5/2018: The Balmoral Show has begun with the first of four days of events to showcase food and farming in Northern Ireland. As well as a range of livestock classes, the event hosts hundreds of trade stands displaying everything from crafts to machinery. Picture By: Arthur Allison. Pacemaker Press.
Pacemaker Press Belfast: 16/5/2018: The Balmoral Show has begun with the first of four days of events to showcase food and farming in Northern Ireland. As well as a range of livestock classes, the event hosts hundreds of trade stands displaying everything from crafts to machinery. Picture By: Arthur Allison. Pacemaker Press.
Pacemaker Press Belfast: 16/5/2018: The Balmoral Show has begun with the first of four days of events to showcase food and farming in Northern Ireland. As well as a range of livestock classes, the event hosts hundreds of trade stands displaying everything from crafts to machinery. Picture By: Arthur Allison. Pacemaker Press.
Pacemaker Press Belfast: 16/5/2018: The Balmoral Show has begun with the first of four days of events to showcase food and farming in Northern Ireland. As well as a range of livestock classes, the event hosts hundreds of trade stands displaying everything from crafts to machinery. Picture By: Arthur Allison. Pacemaker Press.
Pacemaker Press Belfast: 16/5/2018: The Balmoral Show has begun with the first of four days of events to showcase food and farming in Northern Ireland. As well as a range of livestock classes, the event hosts hundreds of trade stands displaying everything from crafts to machinery. Maurice Murphy and Azaria the goat. Picture By: Arthur Allison. Pacemaker Press.
Pacemaker Press Belfast: 16/5/2018: The Balmoral Show has begun with the first of four days of events to showcase food and farming in Northern Ireland. As well as a range of livestock classes, the event hosts hundreds of trade stands displaying everything from crafts to machinery. Maurice Murphy and Azaria the goat. Picture By: Arthur Allison. Pacemaker Press.
Pacemaker Press Belfast: 16/5/2018: The Balmoral Show has begun with the first of four days of events to showcase food and farming in Northern Ireland. As well as a range of livestock classes, the event hosts hundreds of trade stands displaying everything from crafts to machinery. Sarah 12,Rachael 10 and Richard 6 pictured with there sheep. Picture By: Arthur Allison. Pacemaker Press.
Pacemaker Press Belfast: 16/5/2018: The Balmoral Show has begun with the first of four days of events to showcase food and farming in Northern Ireland. As well as a range of livestock classes, the event hosts hundreds of trade stands displaying everything from crafts to machinery. Jacqueline Baxter from Newtownstwert pictured with Reserve and Special Champion Heifer Beauty Hill Ferrari. Picture By: Arthur Allison. Pacemaker Press.
Pacemaker Press Belfast: 16/5/2018: The Balmoral Show has begun with the first of four days of events to showcase food and farming in Northern Ireland. As well as a range of livestock classes, the event hosts hundreds of trade stands displaying everything from crafts to machinery. Michaela Rodgers from Carnlough. Picture By: Arthur Allison. Pacemaker Press.
REPRO FREE McAuley Multimedia 16/05/18 Marcia McNally, TechXpert at Ulster Bank meets Zeldan the Giant French Lop during day one of the 2018 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th May 2018 First day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Wolf and Woodsman's David Knowles, Andy Laverty and Jonny Laverty with Lynsey Cunningham Regional Director, Entrepreneurship at Ulster Bank. Wolf and Woodsman was one of the companies provided with free space by Ulster Bank to exhibit in its marquee. The companies include Ulster Bank customers and entrepreneurs from the bank's Entrepreneur Accelerator. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th May 2018 First day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Jenny Gregg and Lila Gregg from Craft Equestrian with Lynsey Cunningham Regional Director, Entrepreneurship at Ulster Bank. Craft Equestrian was one of the companies provided with free space by Ulster Bank to exhibit in its marquee. The companies include Ulster Bank customers and entrepreneurs from the bank's Entrepreneur Accelerator. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Jake McClurg (10) from Ballynahinch, who is showing sheep, pictured as the gates open for the 150th Balmoral show (Jonathan Porter/PressEye)
PressEye-Northern Ireland- 16th May 2018-Picture by Brian Little/ PressEye Allen McIntosh of Ulster Wool shows a fleece to school children at the Sheep Shearing competition on the First day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park Picture by Brian Little/PressEye
HRH Princess Anne visits the Balmoral Show today. Photo by Aaron McCracken RUAS/No Repro Fee
HRH Princess Anne visits the Balmoral Show today accompanied by RUAS president Cyril Millar and Chief Executive Alan Crowe (L). Photo by Aaron McCracken RUAS/No Repro Fee
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th May 2018 First day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Horse show jumping in the parade ring. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th May 2018 First day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Horse show jumping in the parade ring. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th May 2018 First day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Ulster Bank's Henry the Hippo pictured with Erin Gould(2) from ballygowan. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th May 2018 First day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Ulster Bank has the NatWest Six Nations trophy at its stand over the four days of this yearÕs Balmoral Show. Visitors to the show today had the chance to have their photo taken with the trophy which Ireland claimed this year as part of their Grand Slam success. Pictured with the trophy are Trevor Hanna and Peter Armstrong from Belfast. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th May 2018 First day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Ulster Bank has the NatWest Six Nations trophy at its stand over the four days of this yearÕs Balmoral Show. Visitors to the show today had the chance to have their photo taken with the trophy which Ireland claimed this year as part of their Grand Slam success. Pictured with the trophy are Miceal Doyle from Ballyward and his children Eoin(8), Clara(6) and Rose(3). Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th May 2018 First day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Ulster Bank has the NatWest Six Nations trophy at its stand over the four days of this yearÕs Balmoral Show. Visitors to the show today had the chance to have their photo taken with the trophy which Ireland claimed this year as part of their Grand Slam success. Pictured with the trophy is Ulster Bank Henry The Hippo Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Katherine Smart , aged 5 ,from Loughgall during the First day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park (Brian Little/PressEye)
PressEye-Northern Ireland- 16th May 2018-Picture by Brian Little/ PressEye Conor Savage from Castlewellen preparing his Blondie cattle during the First day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park Picture by Brian Little/PressEye
PressEye-Northern Ireland- 16th May 2018-Picture by Brian Little/ PressEye Horse jumping competition starts on the First day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park Picture by Brian Little/PressEye
PressEye-Northern Ireland- 16th May 2018-Picture by Brian Little/ PressEye Max Jess aged 3 from Kilkeel looking at the tractors during the First day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park Picture by Brian Little/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th May 2018 First day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Cattle showing in the parade ring. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th May 2018 First day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Cattle showing in the parade ring. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th May 2018 First day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Who jumping in the parade ring. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th May 2018 First day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Cattle showing in the parade ring. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
PressEye-Northern Ireland- 16th May 2018-Picture by Brian Little/ PressEye Matthew Preston, aged 12, from Antrim showing his Dexter Cattle during the First day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park Picture by Brian Little/PressEye
PressEye-Northern Ireland- 16th May 2018-Picture by Brian Little/ PressEye Emma Allen from Loughgall showing her Limousin Bull during the First day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park Picture by Brian Little/PressEye
PressEye-Northern Ireland- 16th May 2018-Picture by Brian Little/ PressEye Martine McCann (left) and Alica McAuley with her Limousin Cattle during the First day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park Picture by Brian Little/PressEye
PressEye-Northern Ireland- 16th May 2018-Picture by Brian Little/ PressEye Hayden Tumelty from Dowpatrick with his Dexter cattle during the First day of the 2018 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park Picture by Brian Little/PressEye
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15th May 2017 - Picture by Matt Mackey / PressEye.com Final preparations are under way for the 150th Balmoral Show.
15th May 2017 - Picture by Matt Mackey / PressEye.com Final preparations are under way for the 150th Balmoral Show. Andrea McKee from Killinchy along with her horse
15th May 2017 - Picture by Matt Mackey / PressEye.com Final preparations are under way for the 150th Balmoral Show. Emily Magowan from Killinchy and her horse Patrick.
15th May 2017 - Picture by Matt Mackey / PressEye.com Final preparations are under way for the 150th Balmoral Show.
15th May 2017 - Picture by Matt Mackey / PressEye.com Final preparations are under way for the 150th Balmoral Show. Emily Magowan from Killinchy and her horse Patrick.
15th May 2017 - Picture by Matt Mackey / PressEye.com Final preparations are under way for the 150th Balmoral Show.

"This year we have a new pork and chorizo sausage and it's going well - people say it has a good kick to it. We dry-age the full carcass in our Himalayan salt chill for 28 days.

"We're also launching the fact that we're opening a new store in the Eurospar at Wallace Village in Lisburn. We've won 27 Great Taste awards."

Long Meadow Farm from Armagh was also showcasing its popular new rhubarb and honey flavoured cider.

"It's going really well - it's one of the top sellers. It's now launched in Sainsburys from the beginning of May," said Catherine McKeever.

"We're a family-run business of third-generation apple growers and we have diversified into cider.

Breakfast isn't forgotten, with Lurgan-based Avondale Foods launching two varieties of bircher muesli and two varieties of ready-to-microwave porridge.

Dawn Cann says blueberry and strawberry muesli proved popular with visitors this week.

"You don't have to cook them - you just stir and eat," she says.

Meanwhile, Broughgammon Farm is launching a new farm shop at its Ballycastle farm, where it will be putting on artisan classes to teach foraging, wild game butchery, cheese-making, fermenting, smoking and curing.

Morelli's Ice Cream is also in the process of expansion, taking over the premises next door to expand its factory.

Manager Ben Robinson says it is currently testing new creams in conjunction with the university in Coleraine and is about to launch a new Ferrero Rocher-themed Ambassador cone.

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