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Wild about Food Winter Festival

14 December 2016

Museum at The Mill was awash with winter treats last Saturday as Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, in partnership with Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, concluded their Wild about Food project with a Winter Festival.

Celebrating everything wild about winter, participants sampled some delicious winter fayre as well as enjoying a range of activities including wreath making, robin box building and arts and crafts. There was even a special visit from some woodland creatures including a fox and some hedgehogs. 

Funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, the Wild about Food project was the two Council’s contribution to Northern Ireland’s 2016 Year of Food and Drink, which is a celebration of everything delicious about Northern Ireland. The Winter Festival brought to a close the range of events and workshops that have taken place as part of the Wild about Food project. Over the last year, participants have had the opportunity to enjoy making wild garlic pesto, baking bread, making ice-cream as well as taking part in Cook Your Own Catch events, Apple Day celebrations and Love Veg BBQs – all of which helped to demonstrate the wealth of resources we have on our doorstep.

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor John Scott commented; “The Wild about Food project is a reminder of the importance of the natural world around us and the ecosystem processes which continue to provide us with food, air and water. With today’s reliance on supermarkets, and the assumption that any food can be purchased at any time of the year, this project has hopefully reminded people of the importance of our local produce and those ingredients which have not incurred thousands of air miles and the associated carbon foot print.”