All Aboard for Taste Causeway 2019

All aboard for Taste Causeway 2019 which takes place from October 4th – 27th.This beautiful vintage bus will be used for a very special food tour around Bushmills – just one of a varied programme of food and drink experiences taking place throughout the month long celebration. Pictured at Bushmills Distillery are the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Councillor Sean Bateson, Gary Stewart (Tartine, Bushmills), Stephen Lampard (Tartine, Bushmills), Wendy Gallagher (Causeway Coast Foodie Tours), Gary Quate (Tourism NI), Paula McIntyre (celebrity chef and local food ambassador), Niall Mehaffey (Bushmills Distillery) and Rob Curley (Slemish Supper Club).

A FOODIE celebration is coming to the Causeway Coast and Glens this autumn.

Taste Causeway 2019, presented by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council and the Taste Causeway Collaborative Growth Network, promises a month filled with foodie experiences and festivals, which celebrate the producers, makers, chefs and hospitality providers who make the Causeway Coast and Glens a stand-out food destination.

Pictured at Bushmills Distillery for the launch of Taste Causeway 2019 which takes place from October 4th – 27th are (back row) Victoria Stevenson (Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Tourism Team), Stephen Lampard from Tartine in Bushmills, Sharon Scott (Taste Causeway Collaborative Growth Network), local produce ambassador and celebrity chef Paula McIntyre, Wendy Gallagher (Causeway Coast Foodie Tours), Rob Curley (Slemish Supper Club), (middle row) Gary Stewart (Tartine, Bushmills), Gary Quate (Tourism NI), Niall Mehaffey (Bushmills Distillery), the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Councillor Sean Bateson, Zoe Bratton (Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Tourism Team) and Charlie Cole from Broughgammon Farm (front).

 

Kicking off from October 4th, it’s a time to come together with family, friends and visitors to savour and enjoy the exceptional food and drink which the region has to offer through an eclectic mix of theme nights, workshops, tours, taster menus, pop-up supper clubs and artisan markets in a range of coast and countryside locations.

Looking ahead to the series of events, the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Councillor Sean Bateson said: “Taste Causeway is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the exciting foodie culture of the Causeway Coast and Glens. In recent years, the emergence of a strong network of local producers and a progressive hospitality industry who see the value in doing things differently has helped to shape this area as food tourism destination. Through Taste Causeway 2019 we want you to experience this for yourself and be a part of this exciting celebration.”

Gary Stewart and Stephen Lampard from Tartine in Bushmills, celebrity chef and local produce ambassador Paula McIntyre and Rob Curley from Slemish Supper Club join the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Councillor Sean Bateson at Bushmills Distillery for the launch of Taste Causeway 2019 which takes place from October 4th – 27th.

 

Kerrie McGonigle, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council’s Destination Manager added: “We are delighted to reveal our best ever Taste Causeway programme and take our place in the ‘Taste the Island’ campaign initiated by Tourism NI, Tourism Ireland and Failte Ireland. We’re grateful to all our partners who have contributed to such a creative and varied programme of food and drink events, and we look forward to sharing this with you all.”

Sharon Scott, Lead Facilitator with the Invest NI Taste Causeway Collaborative Growth Network said: “We are excited to collaborate with Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council on this month long food and drink celebration. It’s a very exciting time for us, with Taste Causeway recently named runner-up in a search for Ireland’s best Foodie Destination. This was a huge honour for us and such recognition indicates the high calibre of foodie themed events which will be showcased throughout October.”

Beautiful fresh produce on display from chefs Stephen Lampard and Gary Stewart at the launch of Taste Causeway 2019, with Gary Quate (Tourism NI), Wendy Gallagher (Causeway Coast Foodie Tours), Rob Curley (Slemish Supper Club), Paula McIntyre (celebrity chef and local produce ambassador), Charlie Cole (Broughgammon Farm) and Niall Mehaffey (Bushmills Distillery).

 

Gary Quate, Food and Drink Experience Development Officer at Tourism NI added: “We are pleased to support the Taste Causeway event which will showcase the vibrant restaurant scene as well as the wide range of superb local produce the area has to offer. As a result of Tourism NI’s Taste the Island Event Scheme, Taste Causeway has grown from a week-long celebration to a three week showcase of fabulous food and drink. It is fantastic to see the NI food and drink sector fully embrace the initiative and I would encourage visitors to discover why Taste Causeway and Causeway Coast and Glens were voted 2nd for ‘Foodie Destination of the Year’ by the Restaurant Association of Ireland.”

Across the Causeway Coast and Glens, there is a memorable foodie experience to suit you, using the very best of fresh local and seasonal produce, complemented by fine wines local craft beers and world-famous whiskey.

Gary Quate, Food and Drink Experience Development Officer at Tourism NI, pictured with Sharon Scott, Lead Facilitator with the Invest NI Taste Causeway Collaborative Growth Network and the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Councillor Sean Bateson at Bushmills Distillery for the launch of Taste Causeway 2019 which takes place from October 4th – 27th.

 

Pick up a brochure from Visitor Information Centres or for full programme details and ideas on what to do and where to stay during Taste Causeway 2019 go to www.visitcausewaycoastandglens.com

For full information on the food and drink scene in the Causeway Coast and Glens go to www.tastecauseway.com and follow @tastecauseway for news and stories about the events throughout October.

Taste Causeway 2019 is supported by Tourism NI.

Taste Causeway 2019 runs from October 4th – 27th and it is part of Taste the Island – A Celebration of Our Food and Drink. Taste the Island is an eight week showcase of fabulous food and drink which will run from mid- September to mid- November 2019 across the Island of Ireland.

2019 marks the first of a three-year commitment, delivered in conjunction by Tourism NI, Tourism Ireland and Failte Ireland. The timing of the 8 week programme will build on the success of the 2016 Year of Food and Drink.

 

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