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Portrush Beer and Food Festival celebrates the best of local produce

Portrush Beer and Food Festival celebrates the best of local produce

Thu, August 17, 2017

The very best of local produce and drink will be on the menu when Portrush Beer and Food Festival returns to the resort in the autumn.

Following on from the success of the inaugural event last year, it takes place in the atmospheric surroundings of Portrush Town Hall from October 6th to October 8th. With an extra day added to the programme, it’s set to be a weekend to remember. Organisers, Lacada Brewery, launched this year’s festival at a recent event in the historic venue. Inspired by the growing number of local food and drink producers here, the co-operative’s aim is to showcase and celebrate the very best of artisan food and drink.

Rodger Doherty, Lacada Director and Secretary, said: “We are working in collaboration with Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, the Food Network, Naturally North Coast and Glens Artisan Market, Fairley’s House of Wines and the RNLI, to make this a fantastic celebration of local produce. Our local artisan producers will hold a market in the Station Square area and there will be separate food and beer areas inside the Town Hall itself, along with great live music to add to the atmosphere.”

Dr Peter Bolan, Lacada Director and Director for Tourism Management at Ulster University, said: “Events are a hugely important part of our tourism product and particularly those that showcase something authentic and unique to the region in which they take place. Portrush Beer and Food Festival was a great success in 2016 and this year is set to be even better. This can become something truly special for Portrush and the entire Causeway Coast to celebrate.”

The Deputy Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Councillor Cathal McLaughlin, who attended the launch, said: “I am delighted to see this festival return for a second year, as the legacy of the Year of Food and Drink continues. Our local producers are quickly becoming a tourist attraction in their own right, as our reputation grows as a ‘foodie’ destination. It’s fantastic to see events like this come about through partnership working, and I would like to thank all those involved for their dedication to providing memorable experiences for visitors and local residents alike.”

The event will also raise funds for a very worthy local cause, with organisers nominating Portrush RNLI as their chosen charity.

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Portrush Beer and Food Festival will return to the area from Frday 6th October until Sunday 8th October.