This autumn’s Taste Ards and North Down foodie experiences are now in full swing with diners from across the borough enjoying meals during a month-long focus on local food and drink.

Tickets have been selling fast for the dishes with some selling out in near-record time. However, a handful of tickets are still available for two of the special foodie experiences.

Donaghadee’s Harbour and Company is hosting a food and drink showcase on Thursday 15th October at 7pm. Chef Paddy Rowan has devised a menu that defines the character and flavours of the area.

Copeland Distillery, Flavour First, James Harris Fish Suppliers and Peninsula Kelp are all among the featured producers, and diners will have the opportunity to hear the stories behind the produce while enjoying the view of Donaghadee harbour. Tickets are priced at £39.50 per person.

Comber’s No. 14 at The Georgian House also has some availability for its special showcase on Thursday 22nd October at 7pm. Chef Jim Mulholland is a local expert at foraging and he has created a three-course dinner that celebrates the food and drink of Co. Down.

Echlinville Distillery, Peninsula Kelp and pork from Stonebridge Cottage Farm will all be showcased. Diners will be treated to stories behind the produce and Chef Mulholland will reveal how seasonality is key to his choices in the kitchen. Tickets are priced at £50 per person.

There is also a market on Satuday 10 October in Bangor.  The free to attend market at Project 24 runs from 12 noon until 4pm.  Newtownards is also hosting a Harvest Market in Conway Square on Saturday 17th October from 8am until 5pm.

There are also tickets available for this Saturday’s Surf and Turf at the Saltwater Brig, near Kircubbin. Guests will enjoy a showcase meal with Angus beef from Greyabbey alongside Strangford Lough langoustines and a whiskey cocktail from Echlinville. Tickets are priced from £26 per person.

Pre-booking for all foodie experiences and showcases is essential. All are strictly over 18s only, with the exception of Surf and Turf at the Brig (16+). Full terms and conditions can be found online at visitardsandnorthdown.com/taste.

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