Heritage, history and local produce to be celebrated at Bushmills Salmon & Whiskey Festival

WHISKEY GALORE…A huge crowd is once again expected to visit Bushmills for the Salmon and Whiskey Festival which takes place on June 9th and 10th his year.

Bushmills Salmon & Whiskey Festival returns on June 9th and 10th – serving up a weekend filled with heritage, history and local produce.

There’s a feast of foodie themed entertainment to look forward to, headlined by celebrity chef Paula McIntyre. She will perform in the cookery theatre on Saturday, showcasing a number of recipes in front of a live audience.

FESTIVAL FEVER …The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Councillor Joan Baird OBE is joined by celebrity chef Paula McIntyre, Niall Mehaffey from Bushmills Distillery, Tim Delargy from Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs and local chef Gary Stewart at the launch of Bushmills Salmon and Whiskey Festival which takes place on June 9th and 10th.

On Sunday, it’s the turn of local chefs including recently crowned Ulster Chowder Cook Off champion Gary Stewart from Tartine at The Distillers Arms.

There’ll also be appearances by Trudy Brolly (Ocho Tapas, Portrush) and Derek Steele (Finn Patrick’s, Ballycastle) giving a glimpse of the best of cookery talent across the Causeway Coast and Glens.

Over the weekend, the village’s Main Street will host Naturally North Coast and Glens Artisan Market, featuring the very best of locally made food, drink, arts and crafts. This will be complemented by the entertainment stage, with a packed programme of free live music.

Gary Stewart, recently crowned Ulster Chowder Champion, will appear in the Festival Cookery Theatre on Sunday 10th June.

Take a tour of Bushmills Distillery and enjoy a whiskey tasting session (bookable on the day). Or find out more about the village’s other famous offering at the River Bush Salmon Station on Church Street where you can enjoy casting and fly fishing demonstrations or find out how good you are on the angling simulator.

On Saturday, Bushmills Residents & Environmental Forum is hosting a Family Fun Day at Dundarave Park, funded by the National Trust.

A great addition to this year’s event is the Bushmills Banquet organised by Bushmills Business Association. This collaborative event on Friday 8th June, which celebrates the best of the region’s food, drink and warm hospitality, has already proved to be a sell-out.

To find out more about Bushmills Salmon and Whiskey Festival go to www.visitcausewaycoastandglens.com or ring Bushmills Visitor Information Centre on 028 2073 0390.

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