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Northern Ireland chefs to showcase cooking skills at Loaves and Fishes Food Fair in Down

A number of well-known Northern Ireland chefs will demonstrate their cooking skills at this year's Loaves and Fishes Food Fair in Co Down.

The culinary event returns to Ballywalter Park in Newtownards for a second year on Sunday, October 8.

The private estate of Lord and Lady Dunleath, which is not normally open to the public, will play host to over 20 local artisan food and drink producers, including the new addition of a pop-up bar with local cask ales, craft beers and spirits from Copeland Gin and Harland Wines.

There will also be a number of cooking demonstrations with top chefs Stevie Toman of Michelin starred ‘OX’ in Belfast and Danny Millar, Executive Chef for The Parson's Nose, Hillsborough, Balloo House in Killinchy, and The Poacher's Pocket in Lisbane.

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Chef Danny Millar

Worshipful Master fishmonger, Hal Dawson, will provide a class in how to perfectly fillet a fish while Dearbhla Reynolds, one of Ireland’s foremost fermentistas and the healthy gut activist and published author behind The Cultured Club, will also give a demonstration.

Meanwhile, Lady Dunleath will teach visitors how to make Sourdough bread made using home-grown wheat crop.

During the event there will be children's activities and guided tours of the estate’s Victorian walled garden.

The Loaves and Fishes Food Fair is held as part of Seafood Week - an annual campaign aimed at promoting the consumption of seafood.

Speaking about the upcoming event, Chief Executive of Ards and North Down Borough Council, Stephen Reid, said: “After the resounding success of last year’s premiere event, the Council is proud to bring it back for a second year. 

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Hal Dawson

"Loaves and Fishes celebrates the fantastic range of foods and drinks produced in Ards and North Down - many of which have won prestigious awards - and supports these valuable local businesses.”

Dr Lynn Gilmore, Seafish Northern Ireland Manager, added: “We are delighted to work with Ards and North Down Borough Council and FoodNI to celebrate local food and in particular seafood at the Loaves and Fishes.

"The Loaves and Fishes is one of a number of exciting things taking place across the UK during Seafood Week and we’d encourage everyone to get involved. The aim Seafood Week is to get more people, to eat more seafood, more often and is being promoted by Fish is the Dish, our Seafish consumer campaign.”

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