NI year of food and drink 2016

What’s on – at a glance

Welcome to NI year of food and drink 2016. Every month we have a theme. So all you have to do is join in with the theme.

Tag, tweet, share – let’s show the world that NI Food & Drink punches above its weight and deserves a place on the world map!

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NI Year of Food and Drink 2016

Welcome to the NI Year of Food & Drink 2016!

If you’re from NI and want to know how to get involved, this site will show you what’s on and give you a place to showcase your pics and content. And if you’re a visitor to our shores – you are very welcome! Please join us, join in and digitally share what we do with the world!
[tweet and socially tag mainstream content to #enjoyni16 and artisan content to #artisanNI]
Jenna Stevenson | #artisanNI

NI Year of Food and Drink 2016

Last month – ‘Love local’

We wanted to showcase the best of our local produce by asking the public “Which producers are local to you?”. The artisan sector produced an Artisan Food & Drink Producers map of N.Ireland to help the public find them (above – click to view & download) and local producers all over NI were given centre stage to show why ‘local is best’. So please use the map to find out which producers are closest to you, connect with them, try their produce and do your bit to support our #artisanNI producers.

NI Year of Food and Drink 2016

This month – Heritage & Traditions

Wheaten, soda farls, tray bakes, stew … the heritage attached to our food goes back hundreds of years, often passed down through our families. So this month, coinciding with Mothers Day, we’d like you to celebrate our food heritage, our traditional recipes AND our grannies by tweeting and uploading social content of granny’s favourite recipes and dishes (along with photos of you having tea with the granny in your life) to #mygranNI.

NI Year of Food and Drink 2016

Next month – Have a craft beer/cider & NIcocktail event!

NI has over 25 world class craft beer & cider brewers and incredible spirits like Ruby Blue Vodka and Shortcross Gin. So (are you ready for this request!), if you’ve never tasted a craft beer/cider from NI, we’d like you to organise a taste & NI cocktail making event (NI ingredients only please!) with your friends. You’ll be amazed how good they are. Please review the brewers thru #artisanNI. Send us your best #NIcocktail – we’ll launch the best. Your task has been set… :O)

NI Year of Food and Drink 2016

#chefsNI – Emmett McCourt

Our chefs punch above their weight on the world stage. Fact! And we’re really proud of them. This month we’re featuring Emmett McCourt. Emmett is the author of Feast or Famine | A Cultural Food Journey of the North West of Ireland [], a big supporter of locally produced food – “if you hunger for heritage and thirst for tradition – take a seat at the table and join me in celebrating the colourful and evocative flavours of our region’s bountiful past”. Check him out…