Around 35 artisan food and drink producers had an opportunity to show, sample and sell their products to thousands of visitors at the recent Speciality Food Fair in Moira.
The event returned successfully after being cancelled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic and it proved an outstanding success for the companies taking part and organisers Lisburn and Castlereagh Council.
Aaron Heasley, of Moon Gelato in Moira, was kept busy dealing with a lengthy queue of ice cream lovers.
“The interest in our unique gelato was amazing throughout the day. The good weather certainly helped to bring out the crowds. They clearly loved our gelato,” he said.
And Carolyn Stewart, of Totally Hot NI, found her spicy relishes popular with shoppers.
“It’s great to be back doing face-to-face presentations and to have a bit of craic with shoppers. I’ve missed the shows over the months,” she added.
Mark Wright, of Ballylisk of Armagh cheese in Portadown, also found a high level of interest in his award-winning cheeses.
“It’s great to be back again at events such as Moira, which are super for feedback for shoppers,” he said.
“Moira is a great event in such a marvellous setting. It was also very well organised to take account of regulations about social distancing, masks and hand sanitation.”
The popular event was a marvellous celebration of our food and drink.
The foodhall featured producers of charcuterie, Irish cheeses, vinegars and oils, preserves, chutneys, pickles and seasonings, bone broths and nut butters, with mezze for a little continental flavour, not to mention chocolates, fudges, breads and cakes, ice cream and more.