Food and drink from a range of local artisan companies from across the country will be showcased at this year’s Balmoral Show in the Northern Ireland Food Pavilion organised by Food NI, and supported by the Northern Ireland Regional Food Programme, and Tourism NI.
Visitors to Balmoral Park from 22nd – 25th September will find hundreds of products on Show. The NI Food and Drink Pavilion will host a celebration of the tastes and flavours from local companies, including many which have won awards for originality and quality in national and international food challenges.
These food accolades include the UK Great Taste Awards, the Blas na hEireann Irish National Food Awards, the UK Food and Drink Quality Awards and the Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards. A host of local companies including Milgro, Glastry Farm Ice Cream, Erin Grove, Ballylisk of Armagh, Kennedy Bacon, Natural Umber, Ke Nako Biltong and Irish Black Butter will be sampling and selling their products.
A new addition to the Pavilion this September is the NI Food and Drink Experience Kitchen, supported by Tourism NI. Situated in the heart of the Food Pavilion, the Experience Kitchen will provide a platform to showcase dozens of producers and foodie experiences from across Northern Ireland. Visit www.nigoodfood.com to download the Experience Kitchen timetable.
The Food NI Food Pavilion is one of the most popular attractions at the Balmoral Show and it provides opportunities for visitors to meet producers and learn how they hand craft the food and drink to ensure consistent quality and flavours.
Virtually every sector in this industry, Northern Ireland’s largest single manufacturer and the only industry represented in every community, especially rural areas, will be featured in the pavilion. It’s an industry which generates over £5bn annually to the local economy and contributes particularly to the wellbeing of rural communities.
Food and drink products from local companies are now exported to over 60 global markets such as the Republic of Ireland, other parts of the EU, as well as the US, Middle East and Asia.
Food NI’s Chief Executive Michele Shirlow commented: “It’s marvellous to be setting up the Food Pavilion again for thousands of people to see and sample the best of local food and drink. It’s always been one of the most popular presentations at a show which draws visitors from Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Great Britain and further afield.
“Food writers and journalists we’ve worked with from outside Northern Ireland have always been impressed by the overall showcase and talented producers.
“We’ve certainly missed the show since it was paused over the last two years by the awful pandemic. During the Show, we have taken steps to ensure visitor safety by implementing systems which promote social distancing and hand sanitation throughout the pavilion. We have also involved increasing space between stands and reduced company numbers this year. Visitor and participating company safety is a priority for us. We would urge visitors to comply with Government guidance and to make yourself familiar with the mitigations implemented by the Balmoral Show to ensure the event is as safe as possible for all who attend.
“I am sure that our changes won’t impact the enjoyment of visitors to the pavilion. They’ll have an unprecedented opportunity to experience the very best of our outstanding and award- winning food and drink.”
The Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank, Northern Ireland’s largest agri-food event, will take place from Wednesday 22nd September to Saturday 25th September at Balmoral Park, Lisburn. Tickets are available to purchase online at www.balmoralshow.co.uk. Please note this year tickets are day specific only and must be purchased prior to the show. Conditions of entry can also be found online.