Bushmills Salmon and Whiskey Festival has the recipe for success

Bushmills Salmon and Whiskey Festival has the recipe for success

Mon, June 11, 2018

Bushmills enjoyed a fabulous celebration of local produce at its annual Salmon & Whiskey Festival.

The cookery theatre marquee provided a focal point throughout the weekend with the ever-entertaining Paula McIntyre tempting the crowds with her salmon and whiskey inspired recipe demonstrations followed by appearances from local chefs Trudy Brolly (Ocho Tapas Portrush), Derek Steele (Finn Patrick’s, Ballycastle) and Gary Stewart (Tartine at Distillers Arms, Bushmills).

This was complemented by the fresh food produce and handmade crafts available at Naturally North Coast and Glens Artisan Market on Main Street while the sunshine and the live entertainment on the festival stage contributed to a holiday atmosphere enjoyed by thousands.

The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Councillor Brenda Chivers said: “I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the Festival on Saturday and I would like to thank all of those who helped to make it so successful. Bushmills, with its famous offerings of whiskey and salmon, is at the fore of our flourishing local produce sector and the festival is a wonderful celebration of this.”

The weekend also featured lots of family fun, including a special event at Dundarave Park organised by Bushmills Residents and Environmental Forum with funding from the National Trust.  At Millennium Park, visitors enjoyed children’s workshops and falconry displays courtesy of sponsors Halliday’s of Bushmills, The Cods Way, Lilly’s and The Hip Chip.

The festival’s main events were preceded by the Bushmills Banquet which took place on Friday evening. This collaborative celebration helped to showcase the very best of the village’s hospitality against the backdrop of the famous River Bush.

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