A taste of home – giving the gift of food and drink this Christmas

With Christmas approaching, the sales and special offer notifications are crashing into my inbox on a daily basis and with that comes the temptation to buy things for myself and the loved ones of course.

While waking up on Christmas morning with lots of presents to open, might not be what the season is truly about, for me there is still an excitement attached to guessing what lies beneath the festive wrapping paper that never grows old. Continue reading

Let’s go dining way out west…

From infrastructure to public services, there is a feeling that those who live west of the Bann – the river effectively dividing Northern Ireland – are disadvantaged when it comes to investment and opportunity.

I grew up way out west, in the countryside between Cookstown and Omagh, but in the early 2000s moved to Belfast for university and ended up staying there as living and working in the city suits my lifestyle.

That doesn’t mean I have forgotten my culchie – an Irish word for rural folk – roots and will not hear an ill word spoken about my home county Tyrone, especially from east coast natives who imagine civilisation itself ends, a la the hills have eyes, about 20 miles outside Belfast. Continue reading

Saint George’s Market Opens For Twilight Food Fayre

Saint George’s Market is opening its doors on Wednesday evening and will host some of Northern Ireland’s top chefs and food producers at the inaugural Twilight Market.

The Twilight Market celebrates the best in local produce and with over 100 stalls packed into one of Belfast’s oldest venues is the perfect appetiser to Northern Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink 2016. Continue reading

Kim Lenaghan uncovers the flavours of autumn as The Foodie returns to BBC Radio Ulster

The Foodie returns to BBC Radio Ulster on Sunday, October 11 with presenter Kim Lenaghan on a journey across Northern Ireland to uncover world class ingredients that are produced locally.

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