Local events planned as part of NI Year of Food & Drink

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Thomas Hogg joins Ann Murray of Howler's American Diner to kick off the Year of Food and Drink.
Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Thomas Hogg joins Ann Murray of Howler's American Diner to kick off the Year of Food and Drink.

Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council is lending its backing to NI Year of Food & Drink 2016, a yearlong initiative supported by Tourism NI and Invest NI to showcase NI’s food and drink offering.

The council will be delivering a range of initiatives including improving the food experience at existing events such as Garden Show Ireland, the Ballyclare May Fair, Shoreline Festival and other seasonal events.

The council will also be working with external partners to deliver new food events in the borough, such as the River to Lough festival in July.

There are also plans to host a ‘Restaurant Week’ later in the year as well as the potential of promoting a “Good Food Circle” in the borough.

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Thomas Hogg said: “There are a wealth of good restaurants and cafes in Antrim and Newtownabbey that serve the palettes of our residents and visitors.

“We hope that the council’s backing for the NI Year of Food & Drink will promote the quality and variety of food locally, whether that be cafés, restaurants, hotelss farm shops or food at our events.”

The year starts off with January as Breakfast Month and the Mayor kicked off the month with a visit to Howlers in Ballyclare.

However, as there is so much to choose from in the borough the Mayor is encouraging everyone to have their say on where their favourite breakfast in the Borough is by tweeting a picture with the hashtag #ANBreakfast

Everyone who tweets using this hashtag will be entered into a competition to win breakfast for two at one of the cafes at Mossley Mill or Antrim Civic Centre.