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10-12 November 2017

Taste the Greatness Experience

Learn from the experts in the Taste the Greatness Experience brought to you by Discover Northern Ireland. We’re excited to be joined by local restaurateurs, Great Taste winners and a fantastic line-up of regional food and drink producers. Let the hosts and experts talk you through the produce and the destinations they derive from, whilst you sample a selection of their food and drink.

PRODUCER SESSIONS cost £4 per person and include 6 samples to try.
RESTAURANT SESSIONS cost £5 per person and include 4 samples to try.
(Please note, sessions are suitable for anyone aged 12+. Sessions including alcohol are suitable for over 18s only and marked with an ▼)

See timetable below - Great Taste Winners in bold.
Brought to you by: discover nothern ireland With thanks to: food northern ireland

book If you have already booked your Show tickets and wish to add a session, please click here.

  Friday Saturday Sunday
White’s Speedicook and Suki Tea
Holmes Bakery, Long Meadow Cider and Suki Tea
White’s Speedicook and SD Bells Tea and Coffee
The Boat House 
Armagh Cider Company and Holmes Bakery
Eringrove Preserves and Ballylisk Cheese
Burren Balsamics and Eringrove Preserves
Titanic Hotel Belfast
Deanes Meatlocker
Fish City
Past Tense Treats and SD Bells Tea and Coffee
Tasty Wee Numbers and SD Bells Tea and Coffee
Past Tense Treats and Suki Tea
Shortcross Gin and Long Meadow Cider
Bushmills Whisky and Glens of Antrim Crisps
Armagh Cider Company and Glens of Antrim Crisps



White’s Speedicookaccordian title

White’s is one of Ireland’s oldest brands and the only Oat Cereal producer in Northern Ireland. It has been milling oats on the original site in Tandragee, Co. Armagh since 1841.

With over 175 years’ experience and expertise and a passion for locally sourcing and milling oats, you’re sure to taste the difference our time and dedication brings. White’s is part of a local farmer’s co-operative and works with a network of 25 local growers, some of whom have been supplying White’s with oats for three generations. It is the strength of the partnerships with local farmers that allow White’s to continually produce quality award winning porridge oats and oat based breakfast cereals.

The White’s milling process is unique in that it gives the oats a special character in terms of its taste and texture, delivering a distinctively nutty texture and creamy taste that has become a household favourite across the breakfast tables of Northern Ireland.White’s porridge oats and oat based cereals have won many Great Taste Awards from the Guild of Fine Food over several consecutive years within the luxury breakfast cereal category- 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 (including best in category double gold).

The natural, wholesome and nourishing goodness of White’s Oats provide the perfect start to the day.

Suki Teaaccordian title

Established 2005, Suki Tea is proper tea – “Tea as it Should Be”! Co-founders Oscar Woolley and Anne Irwin, alongside their small team, have been blending tea leaves from all over the world at their warehouse on Belfast’s peace line since 2007. Their award-winning range is exported as far as Japan, and Norway, with blends including Belfast Brew, Apple Loves Mint, Earl Grey Blue Flower and a plethora of rare white and green teas. Striving for ethical perfection, in 2013 they were the first company in the UK to launch triple certified teas – Fairtrade, Organic & Rainforest Alliance. They sell award winning natural loose leaf teas and pyramid teabags to cafes, restaurants, shops, deli’s, spa’s, health food stores and hotels throughout Europe. They even have an iconic teapot which doesn’t drip.

Armagh Cider Companyaccordian title

Armagh Cider Company was first established in 2005 on the family farm at Ballinteggart outside Portadown in Co Armagh- the orchard county of Ireland, where the Troughton family have been growing apples since 1898.

The first commercial craft cider company in Northern Ireland, Armagh Cider company has led the way since it’s inception. By using their own apples and no artificial additives quality is guaranteed. All processes from ‘blossom to bottle’ are carried out on their farm where tours are now available by appointment.

Their original, award winning Carson’s Crips and Maddens Mellow Cider are made using predominantly the Armagh Bramley Apple, PGI, and proudly displaying the PGI logo to confirm this. In 2015, they introduced Doyle’s Cider, a new innovative blend, also available with flavours which has brought Irish craft to a new level.

Shortcross Ginaccordian title

Shortcross Gin is Northern Ireland’s first premium craft gin, distilled with pride at Rademon Estate Distillery in Crossgar, County Down. Their small batch philosophy ensures that every aspect of the gin meets their exacting vision. From foraging in the surrounding country estate for botanicals, to labelling, signing and wax dipping every bottle- everything is crafted and perfected by hand.

A classical gin, with a unique twist; best described as floral meadow, wild berries and grassy notes. It is a smooth gin, with an exceptionally long finish. They laid down their first malt whiskey in summer 2015. Can’t wait till it’s ready in 2018!

SD Bells Tea and Coffeeaccordian title

They’ve been doing their thing for over 125 years! What started off as a general store and hardware business down in Belfast City Centre in 1887 remains Ireland’s oldest independent Tea Importer and Coffee Roaster.
The hub is just down the road from Stormont at the aptly named Leaf and Berry Coffee House, Tea Rooms and Emporium. You can smell the roast in the air if you’re up early enough. That’s also where they blend and pack their teas, and serve their internet business and their long list of quality delicatessens, hotels and restaurant customers.

Holmes Bakeryaccordian title

Holmes Bakery has been producing all manner of delicious bakes in Portadown since 1937. A cup of tea or coffee is just too wet without one of their crumbly, buttery biscuits. Think Chocolate Dipped Shortbread, Oatmeal and Coconut Macaroons. They haven’t neglected the great Northern Ireland traybake. You may not have heard of Fifteens with their glace cherries, marshmallows and desiccated coconut, but once tried, always craved. We love our Rocky Roads and Golden Crispies too. The apple and rhubarb tarts and crumbles are perfect with cream, ice-cream or custard. They do savoury stuff too.

Past Tense Treatsaccordian title

Information coming soon.

Long Meadow Cideraccordian title

Long Meadow Cider is a true Armagh Craft Cider produced by father and son Pat & Peter McKeever. For three generations the McKeever men have been tending to the farm at Long Meadow, growing and producing a variety of apples including tart Bramleys (PGI) sweet Katy’s, Worcester and Golden Delicious. They know only too well the importance of high quality apples within high quality ciders. Their orchards are maintained all year round to create a healthy and substantial crop. Harvest season begins in August/September, once the apples are picked they are pressed and left to ferment and mature over the winter months.

Eringrove Preservesaccordian title

Now, here are preserves, marmalades and chutneys which taste like they should do! Jayne Paget, who has a degree in Home Economics, wanted to recreate those traditional flavours which have been lost in so many of today’s over-processed foods. She established Erin Grove Preserves in 2001 and more than 15 years later she’s picking up awards all over the place!

From their base in beautiful Co. Fermanagh Erin Grove make all of their products by hand in small batches, using time-honoured methods and the finest quality ingredients sourced mainly from local producers, which mean they are simply bursting with colour and flavour!

Many of their recipes have been handed down through the generations, others they have created themselves to produce an outstanding range where the favourites of yesterday blend with exciting and innovative flavours for today! Think Victoria Plum Preserve, Irish Whiskey Marmalade, Sweet Chilli Jam and Mango Chutney with Chilli & Lime! Their range is constantly evolving and there are some exciting developments in the pipeline for accompaniments for cheese, so watch this space!

Ballylisk Cheeseaccordian title

Ballylisk Dairies Ltd is a new family-owned business, based in County Armagh. The company manufactures a range of artisan cheeses and butters.  The business is managed by brothers Mark and Dean Wright, in tandem with Dean’s wife Gillian. Dean also operates a dairy farm, which has been in his family since 1820.

Uniquely, Ballylisk only processes milk produced by Dean’s cows. This guarantees total control over the entire production process, from ‘farm to fork’. All produce is branded ‘Ballylisk of Armagh’.

The cattle within Dean’s herd are all home-bred, thereby providing Ballylisk cheeses and butters with unique traceability and provenance-related attributes. The company’s first bespoke offering is a triple cream cheese. This rich, decadent cheese is made from pasteurised cow’s milk with added cream. It has a white mould with its full-flavour balanced by salty, lemony notes.

Further cheeses are in development. These include a soft creamy blue, a vintage cheddar and a semi-hard blue. Ballylisk also plans to launch a range of artisan butter and flavoured butters. All of these innovative offerings are currently under development.

Tasty Wee Numbersaccordian title

Tasty Wee Numbers Home Bakery is a traditional artisan bakery based in the heart of County Down. The emphasis is on traditional home baking using the highest quality ingredients. The business started out as Simon’s Celebration’s Cakes after having heard one too many “that cake is fantastic, you really should start your own business” comments to ignore. The business evolved and expanded throughout 2014 and started to supply to trade and private clients. Retail supply followed soon after along with an ever growing presence at farmers’ markets and similar events throughout the province.

They cater for every diet and specialise in providing products for Coeliacs or who have a gluten intolerance (or those who simply choose to eliminate gluten from their diet as a lifestyle choice) and also, lactose, dairy, soya and egg intolerance. They can also create tasty sugar-free products for diabetics. As the business expanded into the trade supply sector it was decided that a new name was needed and, after some research and requests for suggestions, the name ‘Tasty Wee Numbers Home Bakery’ was born. Simon’s Celebration Cakes continues to live on and, in fact, thrives as a division of the company supplying cakes for any occasion (birthdays, christenings, anniversaries and weddings). Between the two they offer a broad range of products to the trade, retail and private sectors.

Bushmills Whiskyaccordian title

Based on the famous Causeway Coast is The Old Bushmills Distillery, the oldest licenced distillery in Ireland. We got our first license to distil back in 1608, meaning we have been producing our Irish whiskey for over 400 years and counting.

Glens of Antrim Crispsaccordian title

Glens of Antrim Potatoes was established in 1972 on the outskirts of Cushendall set within the heart of the famous Glens of Antrim, Northern Ireland. Their passion started from field to fork, growing and packing potatoes for retailers across Ireland. Glens of Antrim Potatoes are renowned for being a family favourite and trusted brand, recognised for quality and determination in growing and packing the finest produce, supplying all major retailers across Ireland.

Alongside their extensive range of potatoes, Glens of Antrim Potatoes offer unique Irish Lumpers digging deep into the roots of history with the revival of the Lumper potato, once succumbed in 1845 by The Great Famine in Ireland. Glens of Antrim Irish Lumpers won the 2016 Irish Quality Food Awards in their category.

As a family-run business Glens of Antrim Potatoes are renowned for their determination in continually striving for innovative ideas in the potato world and staying in line with changes in market dynamics and consumer trends. Travelling far and wide to research new ideas, Glens of Antrim Potatoes have now created a range of Glens of Antrim Crisps to include Sweet Potato, Thick Cut Jacket Potato and Ridge Cut Potato Crisps. There is a wide selection of flavours available throughout their crisp range focusing on local Irish tastes, available in bold, punchy flavours creating a long-lasting taste experience.

Burren Balsamicsaccordian title

The company was founded in 2013 by Susie, who is a trained chef with 30 years experience in the catering industry. She was asked to take a stall for a Marie Curie charity event, and having always wanted to try new ideas, she set about experimenting with infused vinegars. They were met with such delight and enthusiasm that Burren Balsamics was founded. Situated in County Armagh in the heart of the orchard county, balsamics are created using as many local ingredients as possible including the Armagh Bramley apple.
This 100% natural product uses only whole fruit and fresh garden herbs in the vinegars, ensuring the distinctive, rich, wholesome taste. Casseroles, grilled meats, fish, salads and desserts are all enhanced by the addition of some Burren Balsamics!

The objective is to create a ground breaking and affordable range of fruit balsamics with limitless possibilities and combinations to delight and inspire.

Two years later, and Burren Balsamics is a supplier to the Hastings Hotels group. It is used extensively by Jenny Bristow in recipes and in her cookery school and by TV and radio chef Paula McIntyre. It is stocked in stores across the UK and Ireland.


Coppiaccordian title

Coppi’s cuisine is also ‘on the road’ with its unique Coppi Truck, a 40-year old French HY van which you can find most days serving quality Italian deli style sandwiches, pastries and coffee outside ‘The Pasta Factory’ or ‘Pastificio’ at Portview Trade Centre on the Newtownards Road, Belfast.

Deanes Meatlockeraccordian title

When you combine the sheer skill of Deanes chefs with the superb quality of the well reowned Hannan Meats and the accuracy of the Asador Grill you create a product that simply excels...and that's at the heart of Deanes Meat Locker.

Fish Cityaccordian title

Fish City is a lively new fully licensed restaurant and take away in Belfast’s city centre. A family owned business they began their journey in 2013, winning the 'Seafish' Regional Fish and Chip Shop of the year award in 2015.

At Fish City they are committed to sourcing sustainable seafood - all of their cod and haddock are MSC (Marine Stewardship council) certified. All other species of fish, are responsibly sourced and from sustainable waters. They ensure full food traceability, working with local food and drink producers wherever possible, offering customers a menu that is flavoursome and healthy.

Titanic Hotel Belfastaccordian title

Recently opened, the Titanic Hotel Belfast is located in the former headquarters of Harland & Wolff, where many of the designs for the world’s most famous ocean liners, including RMS Titanic, where dreamt of and designed.

A team of award winning chefs have crafted a unique menu for the main dining room with views towards the iconic Titanic Belfast building and the historic slipways where Titanic and her sister ships Olympic and Britannic were constructed.

The Boat Houseaccordian title

The Boat House is housed in one of the most unique and historically interesting buildings in North Down, dating back to 1849, with a strong emphasis on sourcing and using the finest local ingredients, prepared and cooked to the highest levels and served with flair.

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