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Exclusive River To Lough Festival Cookery School With Paula McIntyre

24 June 2016

Paula McIntyre will be cooking up an eel feast with foodies at an exclusive cookery school during the River to Lough Festival at Antrim Castle Gardens.  The festival will bask in the lavish surroundings of the gardens on Saturday 2 July celebrating the world renowned delicacy with entertainment for foodies and families throughout the day.


To coincide with Tourism NI’s Year of Food and Drink celebration of Seas, Rivers and Loughs in July, Lough Neagh and Its Waterways is calling foodies to celebrate the wonderfulness of our waters at an exclusive cookery school, hosted by celebrity chef Paula McIntyre, during the hugely popular River to Lough Festival.

The unique River to Lough Festival will be basking in the lavish surroundings of Antrim Castle Gardens on Saturday 2 July and Paula, who is no stranger to creating delicious dishes from the delicacy, has created a mouthwatering menu for foodies to make and enjoy.

You can come along and roll your sleeves up learning the art of cooking, preparing and serving Lough Neagh Eels which have been awarded PGI (protected geographical indication) status for their heritage, tradition and authenticity because eels are tasty.

The exclusive menu includes another Northern Ireland product with PGI status, the Comber potato.  The pretty plate will consist of Lough Neagh smoked eel with griddled soda farls, Comber Earlies potato salad, grilled scallions and horseradish salad cream.  No meal is complete without dessert so Paula will be showing budding chefs how to candy Bramley apples and serve with shortcake and honeycomb cream.

Eimear Kearney of Lough Neagh Partnership, said: “To link with the Tourism NI Year of Food and Drink we decided to invite Paula McIntyre along again to River to Lough but this year instead of Paula hosting a cookery demonstration, we thought that we’d give the public an opportunity to cook up their own Lough Neagh Eel in a festival environment.”

Places are limited and advance booking of the cookery school is essential.  To book your place, priced at only £20 per person:  http://www.rivertolough.co.uk/cookery-school/

The River to Lough Festival programme includes a teddy bear’s picnic, an eel heritage exhibition and fishermen story-telling, live entertainment, a craft and artisan food market, line demonstrations and cookery demonstrations in the Food Theatre.  If cooking your own eel doesn’t appeal, you can book your place at the pop-up restaurant and enjoy a traditional eel supper priced from £5.00 (advance booking is recommended).

Foodies and families will be able to descend on Antrim Castle Gardens from 12noon until 5.00pm on Saturday 2 July.  River to Lough Festival admission is priced at adults £2.00, children £1.00.

River to Lough is supported by Tourism NI, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, Food NI, The Lough Neagh Fishermen's Co-operative Society, The Big Lottery, The Enkalon Foundation, Bank of Ireland and DHL.

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