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Antrim Foodies 

The Pearl of the North of Ireland and a trove of food festivals 

January 2017

by Ronan Dillon 

The Dark Hedges, Bregagh Road, Ballymoney, County Antrim Ireland

This avenue of beech trees was planted by the Stuart family in the eighteenth century. It was intended to impress visitors as they approached the entrance to their Georgian mansion, Gracehill House. Two centuries later, the trees remain a magnificent sight and have become one of the most photographed natural phenomena in Northern Ireland. The iconic trees have been used as a filming location in HBO's epic series Game of Thrones, representing the King's Road. 

County Antrim is in the North of Ireland, it has an array of food festivals throughout the year. Located north eat of Lough Neagh it has a great agri food supply has enabled successful food culture in Northern Ireland and this has been assisted by Discover Northern Ireland. 


Antrim's food is reflection of the Ulster-Scot and Irish heritage. Belfast is host to many of the restaurants and cafés having a population of approximately 333,000. Antrim is home to several world renowned sites, the Giants Cause Way, Harland and Wolff ship yard where the famous white star liner the Titanic was built.


The must see trip is the Cause Way Coastal way which takes in the must see tourist hot spots. Whether you are a local or tourist Antrim has lots to offer for the foodie enthusiast. 

Where to go for a summer food festival?


We have selected our choice of summer food festivals and restaurants in Antrim which should be visited. 

May Antrim Foodie

The Ratlin Sound Maritime festival is centred on Rathlin Sound, the body of water that lies between Rathlin Island and Ballycastle. The festival takes place from 26 May to 24 June. The Sailing Regatta and races are hosted along side great food and craft markets, seriously scenic guided walks, exciting and informative talks and tours, exhibitions and demonstrations, fun currach racing and viking ships.

June Antrim Foodie

The Irish Game Fair & Fine Food Festival takes place from Saturday 24 June 2017 to Sunday 25 June 2017, takes place at Shane Castle from 10am to 6pm. This is a ticket event and prices are £25 for a family ticket, single adult £10 car parking is included. Shane Castle was built in 1345 and has been the location for the filming of the HBO series Game of Thrones. 











July Antrim Foodie 

The Dalriada Festival, Glenarm Castle, highlights the unique historic Sporting, Music and Food cultures of both Ireland and Scotland, there is a fine food courtyard at this event showcasing lots of high quality local producers including a host of celebratory chefs and experts on hand for advice. The festival is a perfect combination of food and health activities as it also hosts the Super Endurocross, Triathlon, Duathlon, 5K & 10K Run, Rowing Regatta, Yacht Race, Wipeout Challenge. The estate of Glenarm also has a walled garden while there has been a castle on site since the 13th century and the present castle was built by Sir Randal MacDonnell, 1st Earl of Antrim, in 1636.













August Antrim Foodie

The Auld Lammas Fair, visit Ireland's traditional oldest fair which takes place on the last Monday and Tuesday of August. The present day fair provides street entertainment and market stalls. Two days of trading, bargaining and street entertainment in the beautiful seaside resort of Ballycastle.

Antrim food HWF Recommends to Visit in 2017  


Bistro Yugo, 3 Wellington Street, Belfast, County Antrim

Bistro Yugo 

Opened in 2016, on 3 Wellington Street, Belfast. A restaurant with an Asian fushion filled with vegan and vegetarian options. The reviews of food have been positive. The interior and atmosphere reflects the clean food options on offer. 





Slim's Healthy Kitchen

Opened in 2013 their aim is to bring a healthier and tasty alternative to fast-food and their menu is reflective of this. There menu has lots of variety and there is an option for everyone. The restaurant is very busy and there's a click and collect system for customers. Portion sizes are good with great value for money. The drinks menu has a variety of juices and smoothies. The restaurant is vibrant San Fran feel and is open 7 days a week. Opening hours are Monday to Friday 7am to 10pm, Saturday 8am to 10pm and Sundays 9am to 10pm.

Bistro Yugo, 3 Wellington Street, Belfast, County Antrim


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