Sweet Taste of Success for Armagh Food & Cider Weekend

The highly successful Armagh Food and Cider Weekend was back at our doorstep this year which was met with a major show of support from visitors, participants and locals alike

The highly successful Armagh Food and Cider Weekend was back at our doorstep this year which was met with a major show of support from visitors, participants and locals alike- so much so, the planning for next year’s food heartland spectacular is already under way.

Bursting with fine foods, foraged lunches, cider tasting, tours, talks and fiction amongst apple-laden orchards and other beautiful locations, the award-winning premier event marked its sixth anniversary this year with an unrivalled four-day schedule of events designed to celebrate the city and the Orchard County’s world class food and drink offer.

Described by the Irish Times as ‘one the world’s best food destinations’, there were dozens of exciting events including specially-arranged dinners and lunches in unique Armagh locations stuffed with the best local ingredients, food tours, markets with artisan producers and food experiences – and plenty of apple juice and cider to enjoy.

Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Alderman Glenn Barr, said:

“I’m delighted to see Northern Ireland’s premier food and drink event continue to add to its continued success. The Armagh Food and Cider Weekend proudly and expertly showcases the city and region’s rich culinary quality and heritage and the depth and experience of our food producers, suppliers and hospitality industry.

Given the excellent feedback received this year, I commend the organisers and all the participants for their work delivering the finest festival event yet and I look forward to its return in 2022.”

This year’s event, which kicked off on Thursday 9 September and ran until Sunday September 12, was supported by Tourism Northern Ireland, DAERA and the Northern Ireland Regional Food Programme.

An annual festival favourite since 2015, Armagh Food and Cider Weekend has grown to become one of the most successful foodie events in the UK and Ireland and is supported by Food Heartland chefs and local food and drink producers, restaurants, cafes, pubs and shops.

Officially one of the top foodie destinations on the island of Ireland, this fast-growing annual event won best ‘food and drink experience of the year’ in 2019 at the Northern Ireland Tourism Awards. The district of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon is among 20 across the UK vying to become City of Culture 2025.

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