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Celebrating “The Year of Food and Drink” in Northern Ireland

Celebrating “The Year of Food and Drink” in Northern Ireland

Ireland is a great country for food lovers. Two Belfast restaurants — OX and Eipic — have received Michelin Stars and are current recipients of considerable attention from foodies both Irish and abroad.

With record-breaking performances at the UK Great Taste Awards year after year, Northern Ireland is something of a well-kept culinary secret. With 2016 having been designated the Year of Food and Drink, there's going to be a big celebration of all that is good about the top notch local produce, and the world is invited.

Irish food has been a long kept secret, known often by visitors to the Emerald Isle and too few others. With this yearlong celebration of Irish food, it is hoped that the quality and deliciousness of it will reach a better and broader audience.

There have been and will be specialties celebrated every month of the year. January was Breakfast Month celebrating the famous Fermanagh’s “10 mile breakfast.” February was called “Love Local,” celebrating chef Noel McMeel’s signature “Lough Erne Pork Dish” with filet of pork, pork cheek, ham hock, black pudding Palmer, and pork belly. March celebrated corned beef and cabbage, traditional champ, and Innis MacSaint gravy. April celebrates Bushmills whiskey cocktails and McIvor’s Armagh cider. May features rhubarb tart, rhubarb carrageen moss, sugared rhubarb, and Yellowman Ice Cream. June celebrates Northern Irish cheeses. In July, smoked eel and crayfish salad are the guests of honor. August features Shorthorn Irish beef. For September there will be Afternoon Tea at Lough Erne Resort, with freshly baked soda, fruit, and banana breads. October is all about the harvest, with pears, apples, and plums being celebrated. November is devoted to chefs using local products, and December is about Christmas and premium foods with jams, chutneys, cake, and biscuits.

The brains behind the festival are this festival are Tourism Ireland CEO Niall Gibbons and Lough Erne Resort executive head chef Noel McMeel. I met them in Washington and was able to sit with Mr. McMeel and ask a few questions.

The Daily Meal: How did you get into cooking?
Noel McMeel:
On my family’s farm, The Rock, in Toomebridge, in County Antrim, we were more or less self-sufficient, growing our own food and raising livestock. The influence of this lifestyle infused us with the drive toward sustainability and gratitude for what we had. My hardworking parents instilled an innate respect for the seasonality of food in my four brothers, my sister and myself. In my parents’ place and time, it was up to you to look after yourselves and your children — no ifs, ands, or buts. You rose early, you worked physically and you reaped the benefits of what you sowed. One element of that hard work was the job of keeping the pantry full. Mind you, the pantries of my grandmother’s days, and in many listed houses of today, are cooler than those in standard American houses, but the same ideas apply. You may not leave a holiday turkey in the pantry for a day and a night, covered with a pristine white cloth, but you’d be fine to leave your butter out, soft and welcoming, ready to melt in your mouth when delivered atop a freshly baked cinnamon and sugar teacake.

How do you interact and engage with local suppliers?
My philosophy around food has roots in my homeland’s ancient past with a modern twist, and it’s every bit as Irish as I am: Find the very best locally grown seasonal ingredients. Support farms and grocers that respect the earth. Prepare meals that delight and excite the senses, but don’t get seduced into overcomplicating. Above all else, let the natural flavor of good food shine through. This is the kind of food I keep at arm’s reach to sustain and delight myself, and to offer to the guests who drop in and gather round my table.

What are your plans for the future?
To make the world know that modern Irish food is amazing and they have to visit Ireland to find out how amazing it is.


The Year of Food and Drink is to be featured in a special show on RTE filmed entirely in Derry during one of the city’s biggest festivals this summer.

Organised through Tourism NI’s ROI Office in conjunction with Derry City & Strabane District Council and Visit Derry, RTE Nationwide will air on Monday 29th August at 7pm on RTE 1. Presented by Mary Kennedy and Anne Cassin, the programme was filmed during the Foyle Maritime Festival which took place from 9 to 17th July. Over 160,000 people enjoyed the packed programme of nautical themed activities which included hosting the stopover of the Clipper Race 2015/16 towards the end of their Round the World Journey.

Clipper Race Kitchens Food Village at Ebrington Plaza offered the best of local food across Northern Ireland and Mary interviewed Donegal Prime Fish, Tamnagh Foods and enjoyed delicious, mouth-watering local culinary freshly prepared by local and celebrity chef Ian Orr from Browns Restaurant in the City.

Nationwide also visited the Kane family in Limavady where the award winning Brioghter Gold Rapeseed Oil is produced. Richard and Leona are now the sixth generation farmers on the family farm that has been in the Kane family for over 100 years. This historic piece of land is where the Broighter Hoard of treasure was found in 1896. These days their treasure is the liquid gold oil.

The Walled City Brewery, a unique restaurant and brew house located in Ebrington Square, also features in the programme. The show interviews James Huey who is a qualified master brewer having spent 12 years brewing with the largest beer company on the island. After leaving the company, James realised he had two passions in life – craft beer and the city of Derry-Londonderry and so he set off on an extraordinary journey to build the first craft brewery in the city centre for over 100 years.

Karen Henderson from Visit Derry commented: “Derry has just been shortlisted by the Restaurants Association of Ireland as one of the top ten finalists in the search for Ireland’s top Foodie Destination 2016 after coming runner-up in this competition in 2015.

“Recent figures from our Tourist Information Centre (Jan – July 2016) have shown ROI visitors increased by 88 per cent for the month of July when the Foyle Maritime Festival was hosted in the city. This is such positive news and we look forward to welcoming more visitors to Derry in the Autumn season especially as we will be hosting ‘The Best Halloween Destination in the World’ voted by US Today and celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival”.

Around every corner of Northern Ireland you’ll find food trails and farmers markets, beer tastings and bake offs, restaurants and recipes. Every month has a theme and there will be no shortage of things to keep your mouth watering and your taste buds tingling.

For more information on the Year of Food & Drink 2016 log on to www.discovernorthernireland.com/yearoffoodanddrink2016 or for the latest industry news go to www.tourismni.com

CAPTION: Top, Fiona Cunningham (Tourism NI), Brian McVeigh (RTE), Mary Kennedy (RTE), Mary Fanning (RTE) and Karen Henderson (Visit Derry) at the filming of the RTE Nationwide show

Bottom, RTE presenter Mary Kennedy interviews chef Ian Orr at the Foyle Maritime Festival in Derr


The Year of Food and Drink is to be featured in a special show on RTE filmed entirely in Derry during one of the city’s biggest festivals this summer.

Organised through Tourism NI’s ROI Office in conjunction with Derry City & Strabane District Council and Visit Derry, RTE Nationwide will air on Monday 29th August at 7pm on RTE 1. Presented by Mary Kennedy and Anne Cassin, the programme was filmed during the Foyle Maritime Festival which took place from 9 to 17th July. Over 160,000 people enjoyed the packed programme of nautical themed activities which included hosting the stopover of the Clipper Race 2015/16 towards the end of their Round the World Journey.

Clipper Race Kitchens Food Village at Ebrington Plaza offered the best of local food across Northern Ireland and Mary interviewed Donegal Prime Fish, Tamnagh Foods and enjoyed delicious, mouth-watering local culinary freshly prepared by local and celebrity chef Ian Orr from Browns Restaurant in the City.

Nationwide also visited the Kane family in Limavady where the award winning Brioghter Gold Rapeseed Oil is produced. Richard and Leona are now the sixth generation farmers on the family farm that has been in the Kane family for over 100 years. This historic piece of land is where the Broighter Hoard of treasure was found in 1896. These days their treasure is the liquid gold oil.

The Walled City Brewery, a unique restaurant and brew house located in Ebrington Square, also features in the programme. The show interviews James Huey who is a qualified master brewer having spent 12 years brewing with the largest beer company on the island. After leaving the company, James realised he had two passions in life – craft beer and the city of Derry-Londonderry and so he set off on an extraordinary journey to build the first craft brewery in the city centre for over 100 years.

Karen Henderson from Visit Derry commented: “Derry has just been shortlisted by the Restaurants Association of Ireland as one of the top ten finalists in the search for Ireland’s top Foodie Destination 2016 after coming runner-up in this competition in 2015.

“Recent figures from our Tourist Information Centre (Jan – July 2016) have shown ROI visitors increased by 88 per cent for the month of July when the Foyle Maritime Festival was hosted in the city. This is such positive news and we look forward to welcoming more visitors to Derry in the Autumn season especially as we will be hosting ‘The Best Halloween Destination in the World’ voted by US Today and celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival”.

Around every corner of Northern Ireland you’ll find food trails and farmers markets, beer tastings and bake offs, restaurants and recipes. Every month has a theme and there will be no shortage of things to keep your mouth watering and your taste buds tingling.

For more information on the Year of Food & Drink 2016 log on to www.discovernorthernireland.com/yearoffoodanddrink2016 or for the latest industry news go to www.tourismni.com

CAPTION: Top, Fiona Cunningham (Tourism NI), Brian McVeigh (RTE), Mary Kennedy (RTE), Mary Fanning (RTE) and Karen Henderson (Visit Derry) at the filming of the RTE Nationwide show

Bottom, RTE presenter Mary Kennedy interviews chef Ian Orr at the Foyle Maritime Festival in Derr


The Year of Food and Drink is to be featured in a special show on RTE filmed entirely in Derry during one of the city’s biggest festivals this summer.

Organised through Tourism NI’s ROI Office in conjunction with Derry City & Strabane District Council and Visit Derry, RTE Nationwide will air on Monday 29th August at 7pm on RTE 1. Presented by Mary Kennedy and Anne Cassin, the programme was filmed during the Foyle Maritime Festival which took place from 9 to 17th July. Over 160,000 people enjoyed the packed programme of nautical themed activities which included hosting the stopover of the Clipper Race 2015/16 towards the end of their Round the World Journey.

Clipper Race Kitchens Food Village at Ebrington Plaza offered the best of local food across Northern Ireland and Mary interviewed Donegal Prime Fish, Tamnagh Foods and enjoyed delicious, mouth-watering local culinary freshly prepared by local and celebrity chef Ian Orr from Browns Restaurant in the City.

Nationwide also visited the Kane family in Limavady where the award winning Brioghter Gold Rapeseed Oil is produced. Richard and Leona are now the sixth generation farmers on the family farm that has been in the Kane family for over 100 years. This historic piece of land is where the Broighter Hoard of treasure was found in 1896. These days their treasure is the liquid gold oil.

The Walled City Brewery, a unique restaurant and brew house located in Ebrington Square, also features in the programme. The show interviews James Huey who is a qualified master brewer having spent 12 years brewing with the largest beer company on the island. After leaving the company, James realised he had two passions in life – craft beer and the city of Derry-Londonderry and so he set off on an extraordinary journey to build the first craft brewery in the city centre for over 100 years.

Karen Henderson from Visit Derry commented: “Derry has just been shortlisted by the Restaurants Association of Ireland as one of the top ten finalists in the search for Ireland’s top Foodie Destination 2016 after coming runner-up in this competition in 2015.

“Recent figures from our Tourist Information Centre (Jan – July 2016) have shown ROI visitors increased by 88 per cent for the month of July when the Foyle Maritime Festival was hosted in the city. This is such positive news and we look forward to welcoming more visitors to Derry in the Autumn season especially as we will be hosting ‘The Best Halloween Destination in the World’ voted by US Today and celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival”.

Around every corner of Northern Ireland you’ll find food trails and farmers markets, beer tastings and bake offs, restaurants and recipes. Every month has a theme and there will be no shortage of things to keep your mouth watering and your taste buds tingling.

For more information on the Year of Food & Drink 2016 log on to www.discovernorthernireland.com/yearoffoodanddrink2016 or for the latest industry news go to www.tourismni.com

CAPTION: Top, Fiona Cunningham (Tourism NI), Brian McVeigh (RTE), Mary Kennedy (RTE), Mary Fanning (RTE) and Karen Henderson (Visit Derry) at the filming of the RTE Nationwide show

Bottom, RTE presenter Mary Kennedy interviews chef Ian Orr at the Foyle Maritime Festival in Derr


The Year of Food and Drink is to be featured in a special show on RTE filmed entirely in Derry during one of the city’s biggest festivals this summer.

Organised through Tourism NI’s ROI Office in conjunction with Derry City & Strabane District Council and Visit Derry, RTE Nationwide will air on Monday 29th August at 7pm on RTE 1. Presented by Mary Kennedy and Anne Cassin, the programme was filmed during the Foyle Maritime Festival which took place from 9 to 17th July. Over 160,000 people enjoyed the packed programme of nautical themed activities which included hosting the stopover of the Clipper Race 2015/16 towards the end of their Round the World Journey.

Clipper Race Kitchens Food Village at Ebrington Plaza offered the best of local food across Northern Ireland and Mary interviewed Donegal Prime Fish, Tamnagh Foods and enjoyed delicious, mouth-watering local culinary freshly prepared by local and celebrity chef Ian Orr from Browns Restaurant in the City.

Nationwide also visited the Kane family in Limavady where the award winning Brioghter Gold Rapeseed Oil is produced. Richard and Leona are now the sixth generation farmers on the family farm that has been in the Kane family for over 100 years. This historic piece of land is where the Broighter Hoard of treasure was found in 1896. These days their treasure is the liquid gold oil.

The Walled City Brewery, a unique restaurant and brew house located in Ebrington Square, also features in the programme. The show interviews James Huey who is a qualified master brewer having spent 12 years brewing with the largest beer company on the island. After leaving the company, James realised he had two passions in life – craft beer and the city of Derry-Londonderry and so he set off on an extraordinary journey to build the first craft brewery in the city centre for over 100 years.

Karen Henderson from Visit Derry commented: “Derry has just been shortlisted by the Restaurants Association of Ireland as one of the top ten finalists in the search for Ireland’s top Foodie Destination 2016 after coming runner-up in this competition in 2015.

“Recent figures from our Tourist Information Centre (Jan – July 2016) have shown ROI visitors increased by 88 per cent for the month of July when the Foyle Maritime Festival was hosted in the city. This is such positive news and we look forward to welcoming more visitors to Derry in the Autumn season especially as we will be hosting ‘The Best Halloween Destination in the World’ voted by US Today and celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival”.

Around every corner of Northern Ireland you’ll find food trails and farmers markets, beer tastings and bake offs, restaurants and recipes. Every month has a theme and there will be no shortage of things to keep your mouth watering and your taste buds tingling.

For more information on the Year of Food & Drink 2016 log on to www.discovernorthernireland.com/yearoffoodanddrink2016 or for the latest industry news go to www.tourismni.com

CAPTION: Top, Fiona Cunningham (Tourism NI), Brian McVeigh (RTE), Mary Kennedy (RTE), Mary Fanning (RTE) and Karen Henderson (Visit Derry) at the filming of the RTE Nationwide show

Bottom, RTE presenter Mary Kennedy interviews chef Ian Orr at the Foyle Maritime Festival in Derr


The Year of Food and Drink is to be featured in a special show on RTE filmed entirely in Derry during one of the city’s biggest festivals this summer.

Organised through Tourism NI’s ROI Office in conjunction with Derry City & Strabane District Council and Visit Derry, RTE Nationwide will air on Monday 29th August at 7pm on RTE 1. Presented by Mary Kennedy and Anne Cassin, the programme was filmed during the Foyle Maritime Festival which took place from 9 to 17th July. Over 160,000 people enjoyed the packed programme of nautical themed activities which included hosting the stopover of the Clipper Race 2015/16 towards the end of their Round the World Journey.

Clipper Race Kitchens Food Village at Ebrington Plaza offered the best of local food across Northern Ireland and Mary interviewed Donegal Prime Fish, Tamnagh Foods and enjoyed delicious, mouth-watering local culinary freshly prepared by local and celebrity chef Ian Orr from Browns Restaurant in the City.

Nationwide also visited the Kane family in Limavady where the award winning Brioghter Gold Rapeseed Oil is produced. Richard and Leona are now the sixth generation farmers on the family farm that has been in the Kane family for over 100 years. This historic piece of land is where the Broighter Hoard of treasure was found in 1896. These days their treasure is the liquid gold oil.

The Walled City Brewery, a unique restaurant and brew house located in Ebrington Square, also features in the programme. The show interviews James Huey who is a qualified master brewer having spent 12 years brewing with the largest beer company on the island. After leaving the company, James realised he had two passions in life – craft beer and the city of Derry-Londonderry and so he set off on an extraordinary journey to build the first craft brewery in the city centre for over 100 years.

Karen Henderson from Visit Derry commented: “Derry has just been shortlisted by the Restaurants Association of Ireland as one of the top ten finalists in the search for Ireland’s top Foodie Destination 2016 after coming runner-up in this competition in 2015.

“Recent figures from our Tourist Information Centre (Jan – July 2016) have shown ROI visitors increased by 88 per cent for the month of July when the Foyle Maritime Festival was hosted in the city. This is such positive news and we look forward to welcoming more visitors to Derry in the Autumn season especially as we will be hosting ‘The Best Halloween Destination in the World’ voted by US Today and celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival”.

Around every corner of Northern Ireland you’ll find food trails and farmers markets, beer tastings and bake offs, restaurants and recipes. Every month has a theme and there will be no shortage of things to keep your mouth watering and your taste buds tingling.

For more information on the Year of Food & Drink 2016 log on to www.discovernorthernireland.com/yearoffoodanddrink2016 or for the latest industry news go to www.tourismni.com

CAPTION: Top, Fiona Cunningham (Tourism NI), Brian McVeigh (RTE), Mary Kennedy (RTE), Mary Fanning (RTE) and Karen Henderson (Visit Derry) at the filming of the RTE Nationwide show

Bottom, RTE presenter Mary Kennedy interviews chef Ian Orr at the Foyle Maritime Festival in Derr


The Year of Food and Drink is to be featured in a special show on RTE filmed entirely in Derry during one of the city’s biggest festivals this summer.

Organised through Tourism NI’s ROI Office in conjunction with Derry City & Strabane District Council and Visit Derry, RTE Nationwide will air on Monday 29th August at 7pm on RTE 1. Presented by Mary Kennedy and Anne Cassin, the programme was filmed during the Foyle Maritime Festival which took place from 9 to 17th July. Over 160,000 people enjoyed the packed programme of nautical themed activities which included hosting the stopover of the Clipper Race 2015/16 towards the end of their Round the World Journey.

Clipper Race Kitchens Food Village at Ebrington Plaza offered the best of local food across Northern Ireland and Mary interviewed Donegal Prime Fish, Tamnagh Foods and enjoyed delicious, mouth-watering local culinary freshly prepared by local and celebrity chef Ian Orr from Browns Restaurant in the City.

Nationwide also visited the Kane family in Limavady where the award winning Brioghter Gold Rapeseed Oil is produced. Richard and Leona are now the sixth generation farmers on the family farm that has been in the Kane family for over 100 years. This historic piece of land is where the Broighter Hoard of treasure was found in 1896. These days their treasure is the liquid gold oil.

The Walled City Brewery, a unique restaurant and brew house located in Ebrington Square, also features in the programme. The show interviews James Huey who is a qualified master brewer having spent 12 years brewing with the largest beer company on the island. After leaving the company, James realised he had two passions in life – craft beer and the city of Derry-Londonderry and so he set off on an extraordinary journey to build the first craft brewery in the city centre for over 100 years.

Karen Henderson from Visit Derry commented: “Derry has just been shortlisted by the Restaurants Association of Ireland as one of the top ten finalists in the search for Ireland’s top Foodie Destination 2016 after coming runner-up in this competition in 2015.

“Recent figures from our Tourist Information Centre (Jan – July 2016) have shown ROI visitors increased by 88 per cent for the month of July when the Foyle Maritime Festival was hosted in the city. This is such positive news and we look forward to welcoming more visitors to Derry in the Autumn season especially as we will be hosting ‘The Best Halloween Destination in the World’ voted by US Today and celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival”.

Around every corner of Northern Ireland you’ll find food trails and farmers markets, beer tastings and bake offs, restaurants and recipes. Every month has a theme and there will be no shortage of things to keep your mouth watering and your taste buds tingling.

For more information on the Year of Food & Drink 2016 log on to www.discovernorthernireland.com/yearoffoodanddrink2016 or for the latest industry news go to www.tourismni.com

CAPTION: Top, Fiona Cunningham (Tourism NI), Brian McVeigh (RTE), Mary Kennedy (RTE), Mary Fanning (RTE) and Karen Henderson (Visit Derry) at the filming of the RTE Nationwide show

Bottom, RTE presenter Mary Kennedy interviews chef Ian Orr at the Foyle Maritime Festival in Derr


The Year of Food and Drink is to be featured in a special show on RTE filmed entirely in Derry during one of the city’s biggest festivals this summer.

Organised through Tourism NI’s ROI Office in conjunction with Derry City & Strabane District Council and Visit Derry, RTE Nationwide will air on Monday 29th August at 7pm on RTE 1. Presented by Mary Kennedy and Anne Cassin, the programme was filmed during the Foyle Maritime Festival which took place from 9 to 17th July. Over 160,000 people enjoyed the packed programme of nautical themed activities which included hosting the stopover of the Clipper Race 2015/16 towards the end of their Round the World Journey.

Clipper Race Kitchens Food Village at Ebrington Plaza offered the best of local food across Northern Ireland and Mary interviewed Donegal Prime Fish, Tamnagh Foods and enjoyed delicious, mouth-watering local culinary freshly prepared by local and celebrity chef Ian Orr from Browns Restaurant in the City.

Nationwide also visited the Kane family in Limavady where the award winning Brioghter Gold Rapeseed Oil is produced. Richard and Leona are now the sixth generation farmers on the family farm that has been in the Kane family for over 100 years. This historic piece of land is where the Broighter Hoard of treasure was found in 1896. These days their treasure is the liquid gold oil.

The Walled City Brewery, a unique restaurant and brew house located in Ebrington Square, also features in the programme. The show interviews James Huey who is a qualified master brewer having spent 12 years brewing with the largest beer company on the island. After leaving the company, James realised he had two passions in life – craft beer and the city of Derry-Londonderry and so he set off on an extraordinary journey to build the first craft brewery in the city centre for over 100 years.

Karen Henderson from Visit Derry commented: “Derry has just been shortlisted by the Restaurants Association of Ireland as one of the top ten finalists in the search for Ireland’s top Foodie Destination 2016 after coming runner-up in this competition in 2015.

“Recent figures from our Tourist Information Centre (Jan – July 2016) have shown ROI visitors increased by 88 per cent for the month of July when the Foyle Maritime Festival was hosted in the city. This is such positive news and we look forward to welcoming more visitors to Derry in the Autumn season especially as we will be hosting ‘The Best Halloween Destination in the World’ voted by US Today and celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival”.

Around every corner of Northern Ireland you’ll find food trails and farmers markets, beer tastings and bake offs, restaurants and recipes. Every month has a theme and there will be no shortage of things to keep your mouth watering and your taste buds tingling.

For more information on the Year of Food & Drink 2016 log on to www.discovernorthernireland.com/yearoffoodanddrink2016 or for the latest industry news go to www.tourismni.com

CAPTION: Top, Fiona Cunningham (Tourism NI), Brian McVeigh (RTE), Mary Kennedy (RTE), Mary Fanning (RTE) and Karen Henderson (Visit Derry) at the filming of the RTE Nationwide show

Bottom, RTE presenter Mary Kennedy interviews chef Ian Orr at the Foyle Maritime Festival in Derr


The Year of Food and Drink is to be featured in a special show on RTE filmed entirely in Derry during one of the city’s biggest festivals this summer.

Organised through Tourism NI’s ROI Office in conjunction with Derry City & Strabane District Council and Visit Derry, RTE Nationwide will air on Monday 29th August at 7pm on RTE 1. Presented by Mary Kennedy and Anne Cassin, the programme was filmed during the Foyle Maritime Festival which took place from 9 to 17th July. Over 160,000 people enjoyed the packed programme of nautical themed activities which included hosting the stopover of the Clipper Race 2015/16 towards the end of their Round the World Journey.

Clipper Race Kitchens Food Village at Ebrington Plaza offered the best of local food across Northern Ireland and Mary interviewed Donegal Prime Fish, Tamnagh Foods and enjoyed delicious, mouth-watering local culinary freshly prepared by local and celebrity chef Ian Orr from Browns Restaurant in the City.

Nationwide also visited the Kane family in Limavady where the award winning Brioghter Gold Rapeseed Oil is produced. Richard and Leona are now the sixth generation farmers on the family farm that has been in the Kane family for over 100 years. This historic piece of land is where the Broighter Hoard of treasure was found in 1896. These days their treasure is the liquid gold oil.

The Walled City Brewery, a unique restaurant and brew house located in Ebrington Square, also features in the programme. The show interviews James Huey who is a qualified master brewer having spent 12 years brewing with the largest beer company on the island. After leaving the company, James realised he had two passions in life – craft beer and the city of Derry-Londonderry and so he set off on an extraordinary journey to build the first craft brewery in the city centre for over 100 years.

Karen Henderson from Visit Derry commented: “Derry has just been shortlisted by the Restaurants Association of Ireland as one of the top ten finalists in the search for Ireland’s top Foodie Destination 2016 after coming runner-up in this competition in 2015.

“Recent figures from our Tourist Information Centre (Jan – July 2016) have shown ROI visitors increased by 88 per cent for the month of July when the Foyle Maritime Festival was hosted in the city. This is such positive news and we look forward to welcoming more visitors to Derry in the Autumn season especially as we will be hosting ‘The Best Halloween Destination in the World’ voted by US Today and celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival”.

Around every corner of Northern Ireland you’ll find food trails and farmers markets, beer tastings and bake offs, restaurants and recipes. Every month has a theme and there will be no shortage of things to keep your mouth watering and your taste buds tingling.

For more information on the Year of Food & Drink 2016 log on to www.discovernorthernireland.com/yearoffoodanddrink2016 or for the latest industry news go to www.tourismni.com

CAPTION: Top, Fiona Cunningham (Tourism NI), Brian McVeigh (RTE), Mary Kennedy (RTE), Mary Fanning (RTE) and Karen Henderson (Visit Derry) at the filming of the RTE Nationwide show

Bottom, RTE presenter Mary Kennedy interviews chef Ian Orr at the Foyle Maritime Festival in Derr


The Year of Food and Drink is to be featured in a special show on RTE filmed entirely in Derry during one of the city’s biggest festivals this summer.

Organised through Tourism NI’s ROI Office in conjunction with Derry City & Strabane District Council and Visit Derry, RTE Nationwide will air on Monday 29th August at 7pm on RTE 1. Presented by Mary Kennedy and Anne Cassin, the programme was filmed during the Foyle Maritime Festival which took place from 9 to 17th July. Over 160,000 people enjoyed the packed programme of nautical themed activities which included hosting the stopover of the Clipper Race 2015/16 towards the end of their Round the World Journey.

Clipper Race Kitchens Food Village at Ebrington Plaza offered the best of local food across Northern Ireland and Mary interviewed Donegal Prime Fish, Tamnagh Foods and enjoyed delicious, mouth-watering local culinary freshly prepared by local and celebrity chef Ian Orr from Browns Restaurant in the City.

Nationwide also visited the Kane family in Limavady where the award winning Brioghter Gold Rapeseed Oil is produced. Richard and Leona are now the sixth generation farmers on the family farm that has been in the Kane family for over 100 years. This historic piece of land is where the Broighter Hoard of treasure was found in 1896. These days their treasure is the liquid gold oil.

The Walled City Brewery, a unique restaurant and brew house located in Ebrington Square, also features in the programme. The show interviews James Huey who is a qualified master brewer having spent 12 years brewing with the largest beer company on the island. After leaving the company, James realised he had two passions in life – craft beer and the city of Derry-Londonderry and so he set off on an extraordinary journey to build the first craft brewery in the city centre for over 100 years.

Karen Henderson from Visit Derry commented: “Derry has just been shortlisted by the Restaurants Association of Ireland as one of the top ten finalists in the search for Ireland’s top Foodie Destination 2016 after coming runner-up in this competition in 2015.

“Recent figures from our Tourist Information Centre (Jan – July 2016) have shown ROI visitors increased by 88 per cent for the month of July when the Foyle Maritime Festival was hosted in the city. This is such positive news and we look forward to welcoming more visitors to Derry in the Autumn season especially as we will be hosting ‘The Best Halloween Destination in the World’ voted by US Today and celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival”.

Around every corner of Northern Ireland you’ll find food trails and farmers markets, beer tastings and bake offs, restaurants and recipes. Every month has a theme and there will be no shortage of things to keep your mouth watering and your taste buds tingling.

For more information on the Year of Food & Drink 2016 log on to www.discovernorthernireland.com/yearoffoodanddrink2016 or for the latest industry news go to www.tourismni.com

CAPTION: Top, Fiona Cunningham (Tourism NI), Brian McVeigh (RTE), Mary Kennedy (RTE), Mary Fanning (RTE) and Karen Henderson (Visit Derry) at the filming of the RTE Nationwide show

Bottom, RTE presenter Mary Kennedy interviews chef Ian Orr at the Foyle Maritime Festival in Derr


The Year of Food and Drink is to be featured in a special show on RTE filmed entirely in Derry during one of the city’s biggest festivals this summer.

Organised through Tourism NI’s ROI Office in conjunction with Derry City & Strabane District Council and Visit Derry, RTE Nationwide will air on Monday 29th August at 7pm on RTE 1. Presented by Mary Kennedy and Anne Cassin, the programme was filmed during the Foyle Maritime Festival which took place from 9 to 17th July. Over 160,000 people enjoyed the packed programme of nautical themed activities which included hosting the stopover of the Clipper Race 2015/16 towards the end of their Round the World Journey.

Clipper Race Kitchens Food Village at Ebrington Plaza offered the best of local food across Northern Ireland and Mary interviewed Donegal Prime Fish, Tamnagh Foods and enjoyed delicious, mouth-watering local culinary freshly prepared by local and celebrity chef Ian Orr from Browns Restaurant in the City.

Nationwide also visited the Kane family in Limavady where the award winning Brioghter Gold Rapeseed Oil is produced. Richard and Leona are now the sixth generation farmers on the family farm that has been in the Kane family for over 100 years. This historic piece of land is where the Broighter Hoard of treasure was found in 1896. These days their treasure is the liquid gold oil.

The Walled City Brewery, a unique restaurant and brew house located in Ebrington Square, also features in the programme. The show interviews James Huey who is a qualified master brewer having spent 12 years brewing with the largest beer company on the island. After leaving the company, James realised he had two passions in life – craft beer and the city of Derry-Londonderry and so he set off on an extraordinary journey to build the first craft brewery in the city centre for over 100 years.

Karen Henderson from Visit Derry commented: “Derry has just been shortlisted by the Restaurants Association of Ireland as one of the top ten finalists in the search for Ireland’s top Foodie Destination 2016 after coming runner-up in this competition in 2015.

“Recent figures from our Tourist Information Centre (Jan – July 2016) have shown ROI visitors increased by 88 per cent for the month of July when the Foyle Maritime Festival was hosted in the city. This is such positive news and we look forward to welcoming more visitors to Derry in the Autumn season especially as we will be hosting ‘The Best Halloween Destination in the World’ voted by US Today and celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival”.

Around every corner of Northern Ireland you’ll find food trails and farmers markets, beer tastings and bake offs, restaurants and recipes. Every month has a theme and there will be no shortage of things to keep your mouth watering and your taste buds tingling.

For more information on the Year of Food & Drink 2016 log on to www.discovernorthernireland.com/yearoffoodanddrink2016 or for the latest industry news go to www.tourismni.com

CAPTION: Top, Fiona Cunningham (Tourism NI), Brian McVeigh (RTE), Mary Kennedy (RTE), Mary Fanning (RTE) and Karen Henderson (Visit Derry) at the filming of the RTE Nationwide show

Bottom, RTE presenter Mary Kennedy interviews chef Ian Orr at the Foyle Maritime Festival in Derr