Antrim event can top tourism NI vote

Edwin Dash takes the reins for Jake the pony and, pictured on board the trap, are Councillor Thomas Hogg, Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey and Albert Titterington from Great Game Fairs of Ireland.
Edwin Dash takes the reins for Jake the pony and, pictured on board the trap, are Councillor Thomas Hogg, Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey and Albert Titterington from Great Game Fairs of Ireland.

Antrim’s Irish Game Fair & Fine Food Festival at Shanes Castle has beenshortlisted for the ‘Best Event or Festival Experience’ by Tourism NI.

Others on the list include ‘Van Morrison Live on Cyprus Avenue - Eastside Arts’ and the Circuit of Ireland Rally.

The winner will be determined by public can vote from which closes on Thursday, May 12.

Director of the Irish Game Fair & Fine Food Festival Albert Titterington says he’s very excited at the prospect of such an amazing opportunity to highlight this major Antrim-based event on an international stage and to create a dynamic focus on the Council’s new tourism strategy.

Mr. Titterington said: “There is no doubt that there is a huge fanbase for someone like ‘Van the Man’, or an international event like the Circuit of Ireland Rally and we are simply delighted to be classed alongside such illustrious company.

“But a vote for the Irish Game Fair & Fine Food Festival puts out the clear message that everyone in Antrim feels it’s simply “In Our Nature” to offer tourists such a magical experience.

“Where better could the thousands drawn to the area by this event see such a shining showcase for Antrim’s outdoor attractions and historic buildings, and local produce including the renowned Lough Neagh eels, than the Irish Game Fair, set alongside the mysterious Shanes Castle on the shores of Lough Neagh.

“I’m asking local businesses, hotels and guesthouses in area and every Antrim person to vote for the Irish Game Fair Fine Food Festival at Shanes. This will put down a huge marker for Antrim and the country way of life - exactly the things we showcase every year at our event.”

“We love putting the event on Antrim’s tourism calendar and it is one that is a fantastic fit to Antrim & Newtownabbey’s new tourism strategy. You can vote by voting on www.nitourismawards.com

The fair is supported by Tourism Ni and Antrim & Newtownabbey Council and is part of the NI Year of Food and Drink 2016