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Wëëker At The Royal Academy of Arts Summer Party

Chef Will Brown (Schoolhouse, Comber, Co. Down) and Indie Füde (Comber, Co. Down) have been asked by The Royal Academy of Arts in London’s Piccadilly to cater for their End of Summer Party on July 20th. Will Brown follows on from Tom Kerridge, who was last year’s chef at the Academy’s Summer Lates party.

Wëëker is a high-end street food concept by renowned Northern Ireland chef and restaurateur, Will Brown (Indulge x Will Brown). It features ingredients from his home in Northern Ireland (or “Norn Iron” as the locals say), partnering with Irish food experts and neighbours Indie Füde (Independent Food Co.), to source and deliver unique food and drink that represents their green pastures, coast lines and producers.

The menus for the Summer Party event in London will feature all Northern Ireland food and drink producers including Broughgammon Farm, East Coast Seafood, Frazer’s Farm, Clandeboye Yogurt, Lecale Harvest, Ispini Charcuterie, Ballylisk of Armagh, Mike’s Fancy Cheese, Dart Mountain Cheese, Peninsula Kelp Co, Ken’s Raw Jersey Milk, Cavanagh Eggs, French Village, Bullhouse Brewery, Lacada Brewery, Symphonia Gin, Shortcross Gin, Belfast Artisan Gin Co, Boatyard Spirits, Copeland Gin and Kilmegan Cider.

The team is also working with Northern Ireland businesses including Steve’s Pallet Creations, Greenman Packaging, artist Andy Laird, Motis Logistics, Comber Farmers Mkt, Food NI, Oranga Design, Minuteman Press and Tribal Clothing.

The team will bring across an oyster bar from Lecale Harvest, a gelato bar from Licked and a drinks bar from Neill Wine. There will be a fully compostable dining option, supported by Green Man in Bangor.

The menu will include six native Irish Lecale Oysters served on ice with red shallot vinegar, slice of lemon and Yardsman wheaten bread; basil-injected burrata, accompanied by summer confit tomato and grilled sourdough toast; Strangford crab roll with pickled cucumber, crispy dulse chips and trout caviar; Broughgammon cabrito koftas with beetroot slaw, sumac spiced yogurt, and pita bread; slow rise doughnuts with Irish strawberry and foraged meadowsweet; and a trio of Irish cheeses served with gin chutney and fennel crisp breads with the extra option of an Irish charcuterie platter.

The event is supported by Invest NI and the charity partner is Mencap NI.

This coincides with Northern Ireland recently being awarded the title of the World’s Best Food Destination 2019, and the upcoming all-Ireland Taste the Island Campaign.

“Wëéker are really honoured to partner with Mencap NI, we are all about local and Mencap NI is a local charity that that is close to the hearts of both our lead chef, Will Brown, and our local food purveyors, Indie Fude. We are so excited by this prestigious event and believe we can bring a sense of pride, for not only the produce of Northern Ireland, but to all the people of Northern Ireland also,” said Johnny McDowell from Indie Fude.

“We will be joined by the Mencap NI team on night in London to help raise much needed funds for Northern Ireland people with learning disabilities through collections in the Royal Academy of Arts on the evening, and also through our live artist, Andy Laird, who will donate from his takings on the night to Mencap NI. It’s going to be weeker!”

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