Top 5 Things to look forward to at this weekend’s Speciality Food Fair Moira
It’s that time of year again! Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council’s Speciality Food Fair will return this weekend to the charming parkland setting of Moira Demesne. The Fair, which has grown to be a calendar favourite for local foodies, will run from 10am – 6pm on Saturday 12th of August and is free to enter and park.
Building on the Fair’s successful legacy, this year’s Speciality Food Fair is set to return bigger and better than before, with over 40 primary and artisan producers confirmed. The Fair will offer something for everyone with a jam-packed line-up of activities including; a live demo kitchen featuring sessions on current food trends, a Q&A session with renowned food critic Charles Campion, and hands-on workshops in planting and growing for all ages. With such a range of activities on offer, we have delved in and picked out the top 5 things that you can certainly look forward to this weekend!
1. Rain or shine – the Fair is prepped!
As we all know, we can never be too sure of our weather in Northern Ireland. However, this won’t be an issue as the Fair’s organisers are equipped for all seasons! The Speciality Food Fair provides plenty of opportunities to enjoy a bit of lunch, a speciality burger, ramen or vegan street food outdoors, as a sprawling marquee and canvas cover will be in place for rain or shine. The indoor food marquee will also give guests the chance to stock up on essential fresh food and larder produce while interacting with local artisans who can provide some top tips on food pairings and more.
Whether you have a sweet tooth or prefer something more savoury, there will be something for you. Treats on offer will include speciality meats, organic vegetables, artisan cheese, bread and cakes, jams, chutney, vinegars, chocolates, and other speciality foods from award-winning suppliers including Abernethy Butter, Long Meadow Cider, Passion Preserved, Ispini Charcuterie, Castlescreen Farm’s Dexter beef, and Mike’s Fancy Cheese selection of raw milk cheeses. On the sweeter side of things, the Speciality Food Fair will offer delicious chocolates from Neary Nogs, tray bakes from Tasty Wee Numbers, gravity-defying cakes from Crumbs Vegan Bakery and even cake pops from Little Treats and ice cream from Glastry Farm for the little ones.
2. The festival is literally for everyone – even your four-legged friends
Great news – you don’t have to leave your pooch at home! Understanding that Moira is a village that loves its four-legged friends, the Fair organisers thought it was only right that your beloved canine could enjoy the fresh air and fine artisan produce. A unique dog walking service and watering station from Hiker Hounds will be on-site for dog owners to avail of if they wish to browse around the food market marquee.
3. Café Bar makes a return
The ever-popular Café Bar hosted by The Four Trees Moira is back! Catering for all tastes it will offer both alcoholic and non—alcoholic beverages including local apple juice, cordials, craft beers, ciders and spirits. In addition, speciality coffee (hot or iced) will be readily available for those in need of a mid-afternoon caffeine fix, alongside teas and hot chocolate in the Fair’s picnic area. A new addition to this year’s event line-up will include the Horsebox Bellini Bar which offers guests the opportunities to ‘pimp their prosecco’ with a range of liqueurs from Hughes Craft Distillery.
4. Live kitchen sessions and children’s workshops
Everyone can get in on the action at the Speciality Food Fair! The demo kitchens, which prove to be a key attraction will be bursting with flavour this year featuring Edible Gardeners Jilly Dougan and David Lover Cameron taking to the kitchen alongside renowned cook Claire Kelly of Passion Preserved for ‘Tate the Greatness’ sessions. In addition, famous and entertaining food critic Charles Campion will be taking part in a Q&A session, so get your questions at the ready!
Another major focus for the Fair is ‘edutainment’! Your little ones can take part in activities led by Jilly Dougan which will focus on how to sow peas which they can then take home to grow pea shoots. The activities hope to give children an insight into where their food comes from and give them a sense of the fun, fulfilment, and healthy eating habits that can come from growing your own fruit and vegetables.
5. It’s fresh air and foodie paradise – the perfect combo!
What’s better than being able to enjoy the delicious selection of artisan speciality food and street food whilst sitting on a picnic blanket soaking up the festival atmosphere? From fine foods and interactive workshops, to face painting and balloon modelling, there is certainly something for everyone. Guests are strongly advised to pack a picnic blanket and enjoy the live music from local musicians alongside the range of street food which includes gourmet burgers, wood-fired pizzas or the more adventurous dishes from Bia Rebels ramen dishes, Dickie D’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese, or a vegan treat from Sarah’s World Fare.
There you have it! This Saturday’s day out is sorted, whether you go with friends, family or Fido!
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