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Year of Food & Drink 2016 Launch

31 December 2015

Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council is lending its backing to NI Year of Food & Drink 2016, which is a yearlong initiative supported by Tourism NI and Invest NI, to showcase Northern Ireland’s food and drink offering.

The Council will be delivering a range of initiatives in 2016 including improving the food experience at existing events such as Garden Show Ireland, the Ballyclare May Fair, Shoreline Festival and other seasonal events. We will also be working with external partners to deliver new food events in the Borough, such as the River to Lough festival in July. We plan to host a ‘Restaurant Week’ initiative later in the year and are investigating the potential to promote a Good Food Circle in the Borough.

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Thomas Hogg said, ‘There are a wealth of good restaurants and cafes in Antrim and Newtownabbey that serve the palettes of our residents and visitors. We hope that the Council’s backing for the NI Year of Food & Drink will promote the quality and variety of food locally, whether that be caf├ęs, restaurants, hotels, farm shops or food at our events.’

The year starts off with January as Breakfast Month and the Mayor kicked off the month with a visit to Howlers in Ballyclare, whose legendary fry is a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike. However, as there is so much to choose from in the Borough the Mayor is encouraging everyone to have their say on where their favourite breakfast in the Borough is by tweeting us a picture with the hashtag #ANBreakfast

Everyone who tweets using this hashtag will be entered into a competition to win breakfast for two at one of the cafes at Mossley Mill or Antrim Civic Centre.