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DUP leader Arlene Foster and MEP Diane Dodds cooking at Balmoral yesterday

DUP leader Arlene Foster and MEP Diane Dodds cooking at Balmoral yesterday

Declan, Niamh and Sarah Murdock from Downpatrick enjoy an ice cream

Declan, Niamh and Sarah Murdock from Downpatrick enjoy an ice cream

MasterChef’s Charles Campion

MasterChef’s Charles Campion

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DUP leader Arlene Foster and MEP Diane Dodds cooking at Balmoral yesterday

A top television food critic has raved about Lough Neagh eel, describing the product as "magnificent".

MasterChef's Charles Campion - a frequent visitor to Northern Ireland - told the Belfast Telegraph that local food producers have nothing to fret about when it comes to pleasing the British market post-Brexit. "They shouldn't have to worry about pleasing the mainland because what they're producing is already world class," he said.

"I was particularly impressed with the Lough Neagh eel - it's currently one of my favourites - it's absolutely magnificent.

"This stuff is not just as good as anything you'd get in the mainland, this is as good as anything you'd get anywhere in the world."

On his latest trip to Northern Ireland, Mr Campion visited the Balmoral Show with Food NI and led a delegation of British industry experts to judge the organisation's food awards.

"I was very impressed with what was on offer in the quality of the produce," he said.

"Notably, the stand was a lot larger this year than last year - and it's great, because it shows how people are really starting to become interested in good quality food and drink here."

The judging panel also featured influential food writers and stylists Xanthe Clay, Lucas Hollweg and chef Jeremy Lee.

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Day one, Balmoral Show 2017 at Balmoral Park. A giant Scottish bagpiper and his pet dog entertains the ground. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Day one, Balmoral Show 2017 at Balmoral Park. A giant Scottish bagpiper and his pet dog entertains the ground. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Day one, Balmoral Show 2017 at Balmoral Park. A giant Scottish bagpiper and his pet dog entertains the ground. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Day one, Balmoral Show 2017 at Balmoral Park. A giant Scottish bagpiper and his pet dog entertains the ground. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

The Kangaroo Kid performing stunts during  Day One, Balmoral Show 2017.
Picture by Brian Little / PressEye

The Kangaroo Kid performing stunts during Day One, Balmoral Show 2017. Picture by Brian Little / PressEye

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Day one, Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park.

Cattle judging in the parade ring during the show. 

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 10th May 2017 Day one, Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Cattle judging in the parade ring during the show. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 10th May 2017

Day one, Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park.

Ben Hamilton(6) from Londonderry hugs a giant dog as his Scottish bagpiper owner looks on. 

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 10th May 2017 Day one, Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Ben Hamilton(6) from Londonderry hugs a giant dog as his Scottish bagpiper owner looks on. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

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Day one, Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park.

Alisha cooper(8) from Ballyheartfield with Boo her three-week-old Dexter calf in the judging ring after they came third in their category. 

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Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 10th May 2017 Day one, Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Alisha cooper(8) from Ballyheartfield with Boo her three-week-old Dexter calf in the judging ring after they came third in their category. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 10th May 2017

Day one, Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park.

Alisha cooper(8) from Ballyheartfield with Boo her three-week-old Dexter calf before going into the judging ring.  

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 10th May 2017 Day one, Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Alisha cooper(8) from Ballyheartfield with Boo her three-week-old Dexter calf before going into the judging ring. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 10th May 2017

Day one, Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park.

Ulster Bank's Henry the Hippo with Grace(6) and Brendan(4) McGarrity from Killdress Co. Tyrone. 

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 10th May 2017 Day one, Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Ulster Bank's Henry the Hippo with Grace(6) and Brendan(4) McGarrity from Killdress Co. Tyrone. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 10th May 2017

Day one, Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park.

Sheep judging in the parade ring during the show. 

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 10th May 2017 Day one, Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Sheep judging in the parade ring during the show. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 10th May 2017

Day one, Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park.

A giant Scottish bagpiper entertains the ground. 

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 10th May 2017 Day one, Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. A giant Scottish bagpiper entertains the ground. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 10th May 2017

Day one, Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park.

Ben Hamilton(6) from Londonderry hugs a giant dog as his Scottish bagpiper owner looks on. 

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 10th May 2017 Day one, Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Ben Hamilton(6) from Londonderry hugs a giant dog as his Scottish bagpiper owner looks on. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

PressEye-Northern Ireland- 10th May  2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

DUP Leader Arlene Foster meet 'Flower Pot' people  attending Day One, of the  Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park.
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PressEye-Northern Ireland- 10th May 2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye DUP Leader Arlene Foster meet 'Flower Pot' people attending Day One, of the Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Picture by Brian Little / PressEye

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Wednesday 10th May 2017
Balmoral Show 2017
Sunshine all day at the Balmoral Show.
Crowds turned out to see all the attractions on the first day of the annual show.
Ashleigh Kirkpatrick of Tully Farm handing out some tasty meat produce.

Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye © Wednesday 10th May 2017 Balmoral Show 2017 Sunshine all day at the Balmoral Show. Crowds turned out to see all the attractions on the first day of the annual show. Ashleigh Kirkpatrick of Tully Farm handing out some tasty meat produce.

PressEye-Northern Ireland- 10th May  2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

DUP Leader Arlene Foster  watching the Sheep Judging  during  Day One, of the  Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park.
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PressEye-Northern Ireland- 10th May 2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye DUP Leader Arlene Foster watching the Sheep Judging during Day One, of the Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Picture by Brian Little / PressEye

Caoimhe Brady  aged 2 from Donaghmore  surrounded by a CAT Track Type Tractor weighing 21,715 kg, during Day One, Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park.
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Caoimhe Brady aged 2 from Donaghmore surrounded by a CAT Track Type Tractor weighing 21,715 kg, during Day One, Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. PressEye-Northern Ireland- 9th May 2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland
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Wednesday 10th May 2017
Balmoral Show 2017
Sunshine all day at the Balmoral Show.
Crowds turned out to see all the attractions on the first day of the annual show.
Abianne Porter of Ann's Pantry.

Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye © Wednesday 10th May 2017 Balmoral Show 2017 Sunshine all day at the Balmoral Show. Crowds turned out to see all the attractions on the first day of the annual show. Abianne Porter of Ann's Pantry.

Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland
Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye ©
Wednesday 10th May 2017
Balmoral Show 2017
Sunshine all day at the Balmoral Show.
Crowds turned out to see all the attractions on the first day of the annual show.

Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye © Wednesday 10th May 2017 Balmoral Show 2017 Sunshine all day at the Balmoral Show. Crowds turned out to see all the attractions on the first day of the annual show.

Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland
Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye ©
Wednesday 10th May 2017
Balmoral Show 2017
Sunshine all day at the Balmoral Show.
Crowds turned out to see all the attractions on the first day of the annual show.
Rosie the Auto Line Cow with Evanna Kieran.

Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye © Wednesday 10th May 2017 Balmoral Show 2017 Sunshine all day at the Balmoral Show. Crowds turned out to see all the attractions on the first day of the annual show. Rosie the Auto Line Cow with Evanna Kieran.

PressEye-Northern Ireland- 10th May  2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

DUP Leader Arlene Foster  watching the Sheep Judging  during  Day One, of the  Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park.
Picture by Brian Little / PressEye

PressEye-Northern Ireland- 10th May 2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye DUP Leader Arlene Foster watching the Sheep Judging during Day One, of the Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Picture by Brian Little / PressEye

PressEye-Northern Ireland- 10th May  2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

Senior Bull Class   Day One, of the  Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park.
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PressEye-Northern Ireland- 10th May 2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye Senior Bull Class Day One, of the Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Picture by Brian Little / PressEye

Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland
Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye ©
Wednesday 10th May 2017
Balmoral Show 2017
Sunshine all day at the Balmoral Show.
Crowds turned out to see all the attractions on the first day of the annual show.
Arianna Magowan (1) from Moira

Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye © Wednesday 10th May 2017 Balmoral Show 2017 Sunshine all day at the Balmoral Show. Crowds turned out to see all the attractions on the first day of the annual show. Arianna Magowan (1) from Moira

PressEye-Northern Ireland- 10th May  2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

DUP Leader Arlene Foster with Nathan Hylands with his Dorset Sheep during  judging  during  Day One, of the  Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park.
Picture by Brian Little / PressEye

PressEye-Northern Ireland- 10th May 2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye DUP Leader Arlene Foster with Nathan Hylands with his Dorset Sheep during judging during Day One, of the Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Picture by Brian Little / PressEye

Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland
Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye ©
Wednesday 10th May 2017
Balmoral Show 2017
Sunshine all day at the Balmoral Show.
Crowds turned out to see all the attractions on the first day of the annual show.
Jess Hall from South Wales and Ellie having a rest before the parade ring.

Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye © Wednesday 10th May 2017 Balmoral Show 2017 Sunshine all day at the Balmoral Show. Crowds turned out to see all the attractions on the first day of the annual show. Jess Hall from South Wales and Ellie having a rest before the parade ring.

Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland
Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye ©
Wednesday 10th May 2017
Balmoral Show 2017
Sunshine all day at the Balmoral Show.
Crowds turned out to see all the attractions on the first day of the annual show.
Mason Cunningham (3) from Moira

Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye © Wednesday 10th May 2017 Balmoral Show 2017 Sunshine all day at the Balmoral Show. Crowds turned out to see all the attractions on the first day of the annual show. Mason Cunningham (3) from Moira

Pacemaker Press 10/5/2017
Watchers on look at the Cattle on show during  the  annual  Balmoral Show, located on the former Maze prison site near Lisburn, County Antrim,  which runs until Saturday. Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the four-day event, which in previous years lasted three days.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 10/5/2017 Watchers on look at the Cattle on show during the annual Balmoral Show, located on the former Maze prison site near Lisburn, County Antrim, which runs until Saturday. Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the four-day event, which in previous years lasted three days. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 10/5/2017
Show jumpers  during  the  annual Balmoral Show, located on the former Maze prison site near Lisburn, County Antrim,  which runs until Saturday. Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the four-day event, which in previous years lasted three days.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 10/5/2017 Show jumpers during the annual Balmoral Show, located on the former Maze prison site near Lisburn, County Antrim, which runs until Saturday. Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the four-day event, which in previous years lasted three days. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 10/5/2017
Sarah Bell from Kircubben  enjoys an ice cream  during  the  annual  Balmoral Show, located on the former Maze prison site near Lisburn, County Antrim,  which runs until Saturday. Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the four-day event, which in previous years lasted three days.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 10/5/2017 Sarah Bell from Kircubben enjoys an ice cream during the annual Balmoral Show, located on the former Maze prison site near Lisburn, County Antrim, which runs until Saturday. Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the four-day event, which in previous years lasted three days. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 10/5/2017
Crowds gather for the  annual  Balmoral Show, located on the former Maze prison site near Lisburn, County Antrim,  which runs until Saturday. Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the four-day event, which in previous years lasted three days.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 10/5/2017 Crowds gather for the annual Balmoral Show, located on the former Maze prison site near Lisburn, County Antrim, which runs until Saturday. Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the four-day event, which in previous years lasted three days. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 10/5/2017
Crowds gather for the  annual  Balmoral Show, located on the former Maze prison site near Lisburn, County Antrim,  which runs until Saturday. Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the four-day event, which in previous years lasted three days.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 10/5/2017 Crowds gather for the annual Balmoral Show, located on the former Maze prison site near Lisburn, County Antrim, which runs until Saturday. Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the four-day event, which in previous years lasted three days. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 10/5/2017
Jess Hall with some of the Cattle during The  annual The Balmoral Show, located on the former Maze prison site near Lisburn, County Antrim,  which runs until Saturday. Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the four-day event, which in previous years lasted three days.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 10/5/2017 Jess Hall with some of the Cattle during The annual The Balmoral Show, located on the former Maze prison site near Lisburn, County Antrim, which runs until Saturday. Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the four-day event, which in previous years lasted three days. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 10/5/2017
Crowds gather for the  annual  Balmoral Show, located on the former Maze prison site near Lisburn, County Antrim,  which runs until Saturday. Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the four-day event, which in previous years lasted three days.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 10/5/2017 Crowds gather for the annual Balmoral Show, located on the former Maze prison site near Lisburn, County Antrim, which runs until Saturday. Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the four-day event, which in previous years lasted three days. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 10/5/2017
UUP MLA Mike Nesbitt during  the  annual Balmoral Show, located on the former Maze prison site near Lisburn, County Antrim,  which runs until Saturday. Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the four-day event, which in previous years lasted three days.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 10/5/2017 UUP MLA Mike Nesbitt during the annual Balmoral Show, located on the former Maze prison site near Lisburn, County Antrim, which runs until Saturday. Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the four-day event, which in previous years lasted three days. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 10/5/2017
The  annual The Balmoral Show, located on the former Maze prison site near Lisburn, County Antrim,  which runs until Saturday. Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the four-day event, which in previous years lasted three days.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 10/5/2017 The annual The Balmoral Show, located on the former Maze prison site near Lisburn, County Antrim, which runs until Saturday. Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the four-day event, which in previous years lasted three days. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 10/5/2017
Jess Hall with some of the Cattle during The  annual The Balmoral Show, located on the former Maze prison site near Lisburn, County Antrim,  which runs until Saturday. Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the four-day event, which in previous years lasted three days.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 10/5/2017 Jess Hall with some of the Cattle during The annual The Balmoral Show, located on the former Maze prison site near Lisburn, County Antrim, which runs until Saturday. Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the four-day event, which in previous years lasted three days. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

PressEye-Northern Ireland- 9th May  2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

Sheep shearing competition  during  Day One, Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park.
Picture by Brian Little / PressEye

PressEye-Northern Ireland- 9th May 2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye Sheep shearing competition during Day One, Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Picture by Brian Little / PressEye

PressEye-Northern Ireland- 9th May  2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

Sheep judging  during  Day One, Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park.
Picture by Brian Little / PressEye

PressEye-Northern Ireland- 9th May 2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye Sheep judging during Day One, Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Picture by Brian Little / PressEye

PressEye-Northern Ireland- 9th May  2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

Sheep shearing competition  during  Day One, Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park.
Picture by Brian Little / PressEye

PressEye-Northern Ireland- 9th May 2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye Sheep shearing competition during Day One, Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Picture by Brian Little / PressEye

PressEye-Northern Ireland- 9th May  2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

Annabel Manson aged 6 from Kells  with a first prize for older ewe Hampshire Downs  during  Day One, Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park.
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PressEye-Northern Ireland- 9th May 2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye Annabel Manson aged 6 from Kells with a first prize for older ewe Hampshire Downs during Day One, Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Picture by Brian Little / PressEye

onathan and  Veronica Dougherty, Aoife McConvey and David Dougherty from Kircubbin  showing Greenfield British Blues at the first day of the Balmoral Show.
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onathan and Veronica Dougherty, Aoife McConvey and David Dougherty from Kircubbin showing Greenfield British Blues at the first day of the Balmoral Show. Picture by Brian Little / PressEye

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Day one, Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park:

Hanna Alexander from Greyabbey  preparing a Dexter at the first day of the Balmoral Show.
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PressEye-Northern Ireland- 9th May 2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye Day one, Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park: Hanna Alexander from Greyabbey preparing a Dexter at the first day of the Balmoral Show. Picture by Brian Little / PressEye

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Day one, Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park:

Aoife McConvey from Kircubbin enjoying the sunshine before showing Greenfield British Blues cattle at the first day of the Balmoral Show.
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PressEye-Northern Ireland- 9th May 2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye Day one, Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park: Aoife McConvey from Kircubbin enjoying the sunshine before showing Greenfield British Blues cattle at the first day of the Balmoral Show. Picture by Brian Little / PressEye

PressEye-Northern Ireland- 9th May  2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

Day one, Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park:

Blue says above Balmoral Park  during the show jumping at the first day of the Balmoral Show.
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PressEye-Northern Ireland- 9th May 2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye Day one, Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park: Blue says above Balmoral Park during the show jumping at the first day of the Balmoral Show. Picture by Brian Little / PressEye

PressEye-Northern Ireland- 9th May  2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

Day one, Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park:

Serena Murphy with her Limousin Carrickaldreen Maverick , from Newry  at the first day of the Balmoral Show.


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PressEye-Northern Ireland- 9th May 2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye Day one, Balmoral Show 2017, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park: Serena Murphy with her Limousin Carrickaldreen Maverick , from Newry at the first day of the Balmoral Show. Picture by Brian Little / PressEye

Winner of this year’s Ulster Bank Farm Safety competition is twelve year old Matthew Nelson from Downpatrick High School. As well as having his winning design animated into a short film, Matthew also wins an iPad and a day out to Balmoral Show, courtesy of Ulster Bank.

Winner of this year’s Ulster Bank Farm Safety competition is twelve year old Matthew Nelson from Downpatrick High School. As well as having his winning design animated into a short film, Matthew also wins an iPad and a day out to Balmoral Show, courtesy of Ulster Bank.

Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 9th May 2017

Framers and traders prepare ahead of this year's Balmoral Show at the old Maze site outside Lisburn.  The show starts on Wednesday morning and goes right through until Saturday. 

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 9th May 2017 Framers and traders prepare ahead of this year's Balmoral Show at the old Maze site outside Lisburn. The show starts on Wednesday morning and goes right through until Saturday. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 9th May 2017

Framers and traders prepare ahead of this year's Balmoral Show at the old Maze site outside Lisburn.  The show starts on Wednesday morning and goes right through until Saturday. 

Trevor Shields from Killkeel with his Large White pigs ahead of the show. 



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Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 9th May 2017 Framers and traders prepare ahead of this year's Balmoral Show at the old Maze site outside Lisburn. The show starts on Wednesday morning and goes right through until Saturday. Trevor Shields from Killkeel with his Large White pigs ahead of the show. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 9th May 2017

Framers and traders prepare ahead of this year's Balmoral Show at the old Maze site outside Lisburn.  The show starts on Wednesday morning and goes right through until Saturday. 

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 9th May 2017 Framers and traders prepare ahead of this year's Balmoral Show at the old Maze site outside Lisburn. The show starts on Wednesday morning and goes right through until Saturday. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 9th May 2017

Framers and traders prepare ahead of this year's Balmoral Show at the old Maze site outside Lisburn.  The show starts on Wednesday morning and goes right through until Saturday. 

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 9th May 2017 Framers and traders prepare ahead of this year's Balmoral Show at the old Maze site outside Lisburn. The show starts on Wednesday morning and goes right through until Saturday. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 9th May 2017

Framers and traders prepare ahead of this year's Balmoral Show at the old Maze site outside Lisburn.  The show starts on Wednesday morning and goes right through until Saturday. 

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 9th May 2017 Framers and traders prepare ahead of this year's Balmoral Show at the old Maze site outside Lisburn. The show starts on Wednesday morning and goes right through until Saturday. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 9th May 2017

Framers and traders prepare ahead of this year's Balmoral Show at the old Maze site outside Lisburn.  The show starts on Wednesday morning and goes right through until Saturday. 

Owen Gill(14) from Killkeel and Ollie Smith(12) visiting from England prepare the cattle ahead of the show. 

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 9th May 2017 Framers and traders prepare ahead of this year's Balmoral Show at the old Maze site outside Lisburn. The show starts on Wednesday morning and goes right through until Saturday. Owen Gill(14) from Killkeel and Ollie Smith(12) visiting from England prepare the cattle ahead of the show. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 9th May 2017

Framers and traders prepare ahead of this year's Balmoral Show at the old Maze site outside Lisburn.  The show starts on Wednesday morning and goes right through until Saturday. 

Heather Briggs from Newtowncrommelin, Co. Antrim, prepares her Dexter Oldstone Wrist ahead of the show. 


Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 9th May 2017 Framers and traders prepare ahead of this year's Balmoral Show at the old Maze site outside Lisburn. The show starts on Wednesday morning and goes right through until Saturday. Heather Briggs from Newtowncrommelin, Co. Antrim, prepares her Dexter Oldstone Wrist ahead of the show. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 9th May 2017

Framers and traders prepare ahead of this year's Balmoral Show at the old Maze site outside Lisburn.  The show starts on Wednesday morning and goes right through until Saturday. 

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 9th May 2017 Framers and traders prepare ahead of this year's Balmoral Show at the old Maze site outside Lisburn. The show starts on Wednesday morning and goes right through until Saturday. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 9th May 2017

Framers and traders prepare ahead of this year's Balmoral Show at the old Maze site outside Lisburn.  The show starts on Wednesday morning and goes right through until Saturday. 

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 9th May 2017 Framers and traders prepare ahead of this year's Balmoral Show at the old Maze site outside Lisburn. The show starts on Wednesday morning and goes right through until Saturday. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 9th May 2017

Framers and traders prepare ahead of this year's Balmoral Show at the old Maze site outside Lisburn.  The show starts on Wednesday morning and goes right through until Saturday. 

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 9th May 2017 Framers and traders prepare ahead of this year's Balmoral Show at the old Maze site outside Lisburn. The show starts on Wednesday morning and goes right through until Saturday. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 9th May 2017

Framers and traders prepare ahead of this year's Balmoral Show at the old Maze site outside Lisburn.  The show starts on Wednesday morning and goes right through until Saturday. 

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 9th May 2017 Framers and traders prepare ahead of this year's Balmoral Show at the old Maze site outside Lisburn. The show starts on Wednesday morning and goes right through until Saturday. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 9th May 2017

Framers and traders prepare ahead of this year's Balmoral Show at the old Maze site outside Lisburn.  The show starts on Wednesday morning and goes right through until Saturday. 

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 9th May 2017 Framers and traders prepare ahead of this year's Balmoral Show at the old Maze site outside Lisburn. The show starts on Wednesday morning and goes right through until Saturday. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 9th May 2017

Framers and traders prepare ahead of this year's Balmoral Show at the old Maze site outside Lisburn.  The show starts on Wednesday morning and goes right through until Saturday. 

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 9th May 2017 Framers and traders prepare ahead of this year's Balmoral Show at the old Maze site outside Lisburn. The show starts on Wednesday morning and goes right through until Saturday. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 9th May 2017

Framers and traders prepare ahead of this year's Balmoral Show at the old Maze site outside Lisburn.  The show starts on Wednesday morning and goes right through until Saturday. 

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 9th May 2017 Framers and traders prepare ahead of this year's Balmoral Show at the old Maze site outside Lisburn. The show starts on Wednesday morning and goes right through until Saturday. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

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Day one, Balmoral Show 2017 at Balmoral Park. A giant Scottish bagpiper and his pet dog entertains the ground. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

This year the Food NI Pavilion included more than 100 food businesses with everything from preserves to chocolate, gin and even chorizo represented, but despite all the competition, it was a milk producer from Co Armagh who came out cream of the crop.

Organic raw milk from Weir's Farm was pronounced the winner.

"You look at milk - and yes it's white and looks like milk, but then you taste it and this was absolutely fabulous - it was creamy and full of flavour," Mr Campion said.

Food NI chief executive Michele Shirlow described Balmoral as an important showcase for Northern Ireland food producers.

She estimates that the Northern Ireland Food Pavilion alone is worth between £500,000-£1m in promotional value to the sector.


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