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Who’s Who at Moira Speciality Food Fair 2019

Moira Speciality Food Fair has gained an extra day for 2019 as the flagship event for the Moira Food & Drink Festival. The Festival includes a ‘Meet the Producers Supper’, a Jam Making Masterclass, Coffee Tasting & Cupping and A Masterclass with Chef Chris McGowan along with much more! From Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th August Moira Village will shine the spotlight on local producers.

What to expect from Moira Food & Drink Festival 2019?

Now in its fifth year, the food hall returns and will showcase speciality foods from the Lisburn & Castlereagh area and invited producers from across Northern Ireland.  Come along and restock on your favourite foods and discover something new.

There is definitely something very satisfying about having a chat with a food producer, hearing their story and buying directly from them. Fresh foods on offer include fresh and cured meats, seasonal organic vegetables, fruit, butter, cheese and an array of artisan baked breads, cakes and patisserie. In addition to all of that, you’ll find a diverse selection of small batch foods from the most creative artisan producers, such as preserves, chutneys, pickles, sauces, oils, vinegars, chocolate, fudge, ice cream and micro-roasted coffee . . .  we could go on.


The popular Street Food Village and Pop-Up Bar will feature as before, with an expanded offering and covered space.

There will be a small complementary non-food posse for you to browse and buy from, including a select horticultural offering and select local, handmade artisan skincare products so good you could eat them. Not to mention healthy (but tasty) treats for the four-legged members of the family.

Entry and parking to the Speciality Food Fair is FREE and will run from 10am – 6pm on Saturday 17th August and 11am – 5pm on Sunday 18th August. Access for blue badge visitors is provided.

Below is a list on who will be trading at this year’s event. Just click on the producer’s name to find out more about them.

Abernethy Butter needs no introduction! It makes small batch handmade butter and fudge using old traditional methods of churning and patting, using cream from local grass-fed cows. The rolled butter is hand wrapped in distinctive paper. 

The company is heralded by chefs and royals alike and continues to add accolades every year with 2 more Great Taste Awards added in 2018.




Amazin Grazin produces a selection of   traditional Wheaten Breads full of the flavours of the North Coast.  They have just launched the best gluten free wheaten bread you will find, as a pre-mix which they will have at Speciality Food Fair.






Amberline Organic Produce & Preserves forage fresh ingredients from their bio-eco farm and uses them to make nutritious homemade preserves, syrups, cordials, and jams. Amberline preserves and syrups are made with 70% fresh fruit and vegetables from the farm. The sugar free range is perfect for kids, diabetics or those on a sugar-controlled diet.

Amberline will also have organic and foraged produce on their stall at Speciality Food Fair.




Ballyriff Buffalo is NI's first and only farm rearing water buffalo. The Ballryiff Buffalo beef has featured on Great British Menu and their burgers won silver at the 2017 is a BlasNa hEireann Irish Food Awards.







Bara Bakehouse Northern Ireland’s newest craft bakery specialises in small-batch handcrafted breads, using traditional techniques to naturally develop the flavour and structure of each loaf. Each loaf contains just four ingredients: flour, water, salt and yeast.


Boden Park Coffee roast their carefully selected beans in their Belfast based roastery. They’ll be selling both whole and ground beans to take home. [Sunday only].



Burren Balsamics needs a stall just to hold their multitude of recent awards. A dash of these

small batch whole fruit infused Balsamic vinegars and white balsamics will liven up any dish.  They are produced using locally sourced fruits.

Products include the Blas na hÉireann Best Artisan winning product of 2017 and the Gold award winner of 2016.  The products also picked up stars at the 2019 Great Taste Awards.

Caribbean Hot Pickle Totally Hot Caribbean Pickle is a luscious combination of peppers, onions, carrots, garlic and scotch bonnets sliced and marinated in cider vinegar. Another product to earn a Great Taste Awards Star in 2018.




Castlescreen Farm from the farm gate to the farmers market, Castlescreen offers premium Dexter Beef. Dexter beef is naturally marbled with fat, which gives it a fuller flavour, unique to grass-fed pedigree Dexter cattle.


Cavanagh Free Range Eggs are multi award winning, family run and free range. Situated in the beautiful Fermanagh Lakelands they’re focused on producing the best quality eggs in the industry. They are another producer who need a trophy cabinet!


Crumbs Vegan Bakery produces 100% vegan cakes that are a feast for the eyes. The range includes scrumptious cookies, cupcakes and gravity defying cakes.  Gluten free options available.

Deli Muru specialise in award winning, artisan chutneys, conserves and biscuits. All hand-made in their kitchen, with freshly sourced ingredients and with local artisan products.

Forthill Farm rear free range pork and beef produced naturally from traditional breeds offering the tastiest and finest cuts of meat.





Glastry Farm is homemade award-winning ice-cream fresh from the farm. There is a flavour to please everyone in the family including honeycomb, Rhubarb & Custard, Berry, Blueberry and Teeling Irish Whiskey.





Grain & Co specialises in occasion cakes and desserts. Creating bespoke cakes for every celebration, the micro-bakery uses fresh and seasonal ingredients.

Harnett Oils grow, press, filter and bottle their awarding-winning range of oilseeds that grow on their farm in Waringstown. Their range includes original and flavoured Hemp and Rapeseed Oils.

Habanero Steve's  has something for the intrepid and adventurous chilli lover! They produce hot sauce and chilli-based preserves that possess a unique depth and flavour guaranteed to tingle the taste buds.



Ispini Charcuterie  has taken the charcuterie world by storm since it set up in the last couple of years. It has won multiple awards including Great Taste Awards and British Charcuterie Awards. They use meats from their own and neighbouring farms which is then dry cured and marinated in Ispini’s unique flavours.


Indie Fude features Irish Artisan Cheese, Charcuterie and Accompaniments. Specialising in small-batch products the folks at Indie Fude have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to Irish food products.

Look out for their Raclette for a cheesy bite to enjoy in the Street Food Village.



Ke Nako Biltong won the BBC’s Top of the Shop series. They produce biltong made from 100% Organic Irish Beef to an old family recipe, preserving the beef in spices.

Ke Nako Biltong is high in protein and low in fat and very moreish. Their Chilli Bites picked up a Gold Star at the 2019 Great Taste Awards



Jack's Fudge is a new kid on the block and impressively earned 2 Stars in the 2018 Great Taste Awards.  Jack’s Fudge is handmade and beaten by hand in small batches in open top pans using local butter from Coleraine.



Kennedy Bacon is renowned across NI for its multi award-winning hand dry-cured bacon. This is bacon that tastes as it should, savoury, yummy and moreish.



Lecale Harvest is a family run business, located in the picturesque village of Killough, Co Down. They will be offering their range of seafood and meat pates.



Mange Tout is an award-winning patisserie and deli specialising in hand-made desserts, French patisserie and continental breads. They received a much sought-after gold star in the 2018 Great Taste Awards for their Belgian chocolate brownies.


Krazi Baker is another producer who needs no introduction. The Krazi Baker sets up as a pop-up bakery on site at markets, producing traditional griddle breads. You simply can’t get any fresher.

Just follow the waft of fresh bread baking to find him for a feast of soda breads, potato breads, pancakes and the odd sourdough thrown in!



Mrs Smyth’s Preserves use local ingredients to make their homemade, artisan preserves, pickles and jams. Make sure you try their fermented goods including sauerkraut and kimchi.





Little Treats is a quirky bakery creating delicious cup cake and cookie treats for all the family including the popular farm animal cake pops.



Noreen's Nettles  If you’ve ever wondered what Nettle Tea can do for your wellbeing – make sure to stop at the Noreen’s Nettles stall for a chat. She is a fountain of knowledge. Noreen makes a range of Nettle Teas and powders from her nettle garden at her home.


Pure Rare Organics is an organic, no-dig market garden managed by Barry Connolly in a Victorian Walled Garden 9 miles from Belfast. The range of vegetables and their flavours is stunning! How real fresh food should taste.



Refuge Hot Chocolate is a start-up social enterprise which makes delectable, thick creamy hot chocolate brewed in Belfast. You can even take a jar home to recreate for movie night. Refuge Hot Chocolate is eco and fair trade friendly and they swept the boards at the 2018 Blas na HEireann Awards.


Neary Nogs Chocolate Makers are Northern Ireland's first Chocolate Makers. They are dedicated to crafting fine chocolate from cacao bean to bar, in their family run cacao lab. Neary Nogs produce bars, drinking chocolate, chocolate cups & Rebel Fudgery.


Gluten and diary free options also available.


Tasty wee numbers Home Bakery is a traditional artisan ‘free from’ bakery. It produces 100% gluten and wheat free products, whilst also catering for people who are sensitive to dairy, lactose, egg, soya and sugar. Stop with Tasty wee numbers for an unrivalled selection of tray bakes.




Papas Mineral Company is a small local producer of speciality soft drinks and cordials based in Bangor, Co Down.

From the popular non-alcoholic ginger wine, to the light and summery elderflower cordial, there is a drink suitable for any season and occasion.


The Local creates a stir wherever he goes with a distinctive range of preserves, chutneys, savoury jams and sauces. We dare you to try the Volcanic Chilli Jam!




Rosie’s Cupcakes are handmade and so very moreish. Rosie only makes cupcakes. She knows what she is good at and produces delectable cupcakes with a twist every time.

[Sunday only].



Sugar Sea Confectionary is an artisan producer of hand pulled hard sweets which use only natural ingredients and traditional methods to produce a wide range of flavours.




Springwell Sheep’s Cheese will be bringing a selection of cheese that has been made on their farm in County Tyrone.

Sweet’n Your Day will be serving Green Bean coffee from their converted horse box, which we think you’ll agree looks the part! They also make mean traybakes, handmade by pastry chef, Sara.

Tom and Ollie  produce over 65 varieties of olive, hummus and pestos, in addition to the finest selection of cheese, pate, and continental charcuterie. Perfect for a weekend sharing board or picnic!




Street Food Village

Barn and Bread serves mostly vegetarian and vegan food that not only tastes great but looks amazing. They use fresh local ingredients serving it up in a fun & unique style!


Foodpath have a passion for cooking real food. Using local ingredients, they produce restaurant quality food to the street food scene wherever you find their food truck.


Streetza Pizza serve Neapolitan style wood fired pizza. Only the best ingredients are used for their hand stretched artisan pizzas.



The Fancy Fox serves micro-roasted Bró Coffee roasted in Castlewellan using only the finest hand-picked beans.

 For the tea lovers, they serve Suki Tea and if you need cooled down why not try a Fancy Fox fruit or veg ice pop.


The Crepe Makers make fresh sweet and savoury crepes in their crepe-wagon! The crepe batter is freshly made every day using fresh local ingredients. Crepes are made to order, and you can watch your crepe being cooked to how you like it!

With an extensive menu there is something for everyone with vegetarian choices.

Wee Choc Co make guilt free chocolate. They’ll be serving hot chocolate and chocolate bars from their converted horsebox with profits going to help those with learning difficulties.



Tribal Burger exudes burger love with their range of gourmet and legendary hamburgers and hand cut fries.

This is one for committed carnivores and vegans alike as they put as much effort into hand making all their burgers. The vegan burgers must be the best we have tasted.



The Hatch is a restaurant on wheels with food cooked personally by Chef Colin Johnstone. This awarding winning artisan Street Food Truck has a stunning menu including their delectable southern fried chicken burger and hand cut fries. Make sure to check them out.




Pheasants Hill Farm will be serving up their BBQ and Brunch menu at Speciality Food Fair this year. For the more adventurous taste buds, why not try their Wild Boar Pork Burger or Wild Venison Burger. They will also have a Tamworth pork hotdog and a veggie hotdog option.


The Oyster Catcher makes his way north from Carlingford with freshly caught Oysters and his hearty Seafood Chowder.



Non-Food Offerings

Armstrong Twisted Fish We never forget the four-legged members of the family at Speciality Food Fair. This year they are really in for a guilt-free treat with Armstrong Twisted Fish’s hypoallergenic, grain free, low fat treats, handmade from fish scales.



Cottage Garden Plants in a private nursery specialising in herbaceous perennials, shrubs, bedding plants and hanging baskets. The range and quality is unrivalled.




Do Your Bit is Northern Ireland's plastic free shop for everything around the house and on the go to help you do your bit and eliminate waste.

They also have a selection of refillable household cleaners and loose dry goods. All you have to do is bring your containers or buy one from the stall and use again….and again.

In Klover is bringing a little piece of its Hillsborough craft shop to Moira for the weekend. They are champions of local craftspeople and artists featuring the work of creatives and makers from across Northern Ireland. The products they feature can be simple, but they are unique and genuinely different.


Mrs R'ganics skincare products are handmade in small batches in Crawfordsburn. They are 100% organic, natural, pure and contain no nasties! If you are not already a fan – you soon will be.



Plumpy Balms natural butters are handmade in Newtownbreda and are 100% vegan. They are known to be loved by all the family!




Line up is subject to slight change

The Speciality Food Fair Pop-Up Bar

This year, The StillHouse returns to take over the running of the Speciality Food Fair café bar. In addition to the Hilden Brewery craft beer bar, The StillHouse will have a dedicated cocktail bar with a special menu of Ruby Blue Vodka cocktails served up by their cocktail maestros.  Also available will be other local craft drinks including Tempted Cider in addition to craft spirits, Shortcross Gin, Echlinville Gin & Whiskey, Copeland Gin and Jawbox Gin.


Entertainment & Education!

With over roughly 60 food and drink producers involved in Moira Speciality Food Fair the food is well and truly covered. The fun and a little bit of learning comes with Kindergardencooks rolling flat breads and hosting Spud in the Mud along with the observational beehive with Master Beekeeper Bob Foy. There will also face painting and balloon modelling, using biodegradable balloons as well as street theatre across the two days.

The ever-popular Kitchen Sessions make a return this year with a star-studded line up of guest chefs. This year our chefs include Chris McGowan [Wine&Brine], Stephen Jeffers [Forestside Cookery School], Leigh Fergusson [Clenaghan’s Restaurant], Stevie Higginson [Square Bistro], Harry Jordan [The Oyster Catcher], William Abernethy [Abernethy Butter] and finally Barry Connolly [Pure Rare Organics]. With guest host, Paula McIntyre MBE, there’s sure to be some takeaways for everyone.

Finally, a Pilates class will be held in the Demesne after the Park Run at 10:30am on Sunday.

Full Schedule






Chef Leigh Ferguson, Clenaghans Restaurant [Cooking Demo]

10.15am - 11.00am

Chef Stephen Jeffers, Forestside Cookery School [Cooking Demo]

11.30am - 12.15pm

William Abernethy, Abernethy Butter [Butter Making Demo]

1.00pm - 1.30pm

Chef Paula McIntyre MBE, Chef & Food Writer [Cooking Demo]

2.00pm - 3.00pm

Chef Chris McGowan, Wine & Brine [Cooking Demo]

3.30pm - 4.15pm



All Day

Observational Beehive - drop in and ask questions!


Bee Keeping talk with Master Beekeeper Bob Foy

12.15pm - 1.15pm

Interactive Foraging talk with Clare McQuillan, foraging enthusiast and wild food chef.

1.15pm - 2.15pm

Kitchen Knife Skills with Stephen Jeffers, Forestside Cookery School

2.15pm - 3.00pm

Cider Tasting Talk with Davy Uprichard, Tempted Cider

3.15pm -  4.00pm

Cocktail Masterclass by The StillHouse Mixologist


Kids Zone 11-4pm Saturday and Sunday ALL ACTIVITIES ARE FREE


This year’s focus is on herbs with planting activities and tasting. Alongside the herb planting and tasting there will be wildflower planting with arts and crafts ‘bee’ orientated.

Kindergardencooks all-time favourite is flat breads with homemade herb and garlic butter which will be run as a morning session and an afternoon session. Kids will be actively be involved in rolling the breads and making the butter.

For young children there will be a digging bed for some spud in the mud play.

There is also face painting and balloon modelling on both days.

Street Theatre 12-2pm on Saturday.

MUSIC by various local acts 10 – 6pm






Chef Paula McIntyre MBE, Chef and Food Writer with Barry Connolly, Pure Rare Organics, talking growing your own and cooking recipes to use up all your ingredients.

11.30 - 12.30pm

Chef Paula McIntyre MBE, Chef & Food Writer [Cooking Demo]

1pm - 2pm

Harry Jordan, The Oyster Catcher, on the when and how of eating oysters

2.30pm - 3.00pm

William Abernethy, Abernethy Butter [Butter Making Demo]

3.30pm - 4.15pm



10.30 - 11.15am

Pilates Class with Lesley Bell Pilates

All Day

Observational Beehive - drop in and ask questions!

12.00pm- 12.45pm

Bee Keeping talk with Master Beekeeper Bob Foy

1.00pm - 2.00pm

Interactive Foraging talk with Clare McQuillan, foraging enthusiast and wild food chef.

2.15pm - 3.15pm

Fermentation Workshop with Mrs Smyth Preserves

3.30pm - 4.15pm

Cocktail Masterclass by The StillHouse Mixologist


Kids Zone 11-4pm Saturday and Sunday ALL ACTIVITIES ARE FREE


This year’s focus is on herbs with planting activities and tasting. Alongside the herb planting and tasting there will be wildflower planting with arts and crafts ‘bee’ orientated.

Kindergardencooks all-time favourite is flat breads with homemade herb and garlic butter which will be run as a morning session and an afternoon session. Kids will be actively be involved in rolling the breads and making the butter.

For young children there will be a digging bed for some spud in the mud play.

There is also face painting and balloon modelling on both days.

Street Theatre 1pm-3pm on Sunday.

MUSIC by various local acts 11 – 5pm

We look forward to welcoming you to Speciality Food Fair 2019!

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