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Love Local

The month to love local Celebrate all things local this month. From the artisan to the brilliant big producers, there’s something for everyone.

Love local.

Shout about our wonderful local producers. Whatever your industry, you’ll only be a stone’s throw from a farm, factory, brewery or bakery that can bring a little artisan excellence to your business offering and visitor experience…

Get in touch to tell us more about your brilliant event.

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What we know so far…

Chef and Food Service Student Competition
3 February

A competition to find the best student from the Chef and Food Service Student sector in Northern Ireland’s Colleges of Further Education. Event at Southern Regional College’s Newry campus. Supported by the Northern Ireland Hotels Federation (NIHF).

Industry and Education Event
4 February

A morning event at the South West College Enniskillen campus that will see local school teachers and members of the hospitality industry invited to the college to sample local foods, watch chef demonstrations and learn more about how to get involved and promoted in YOFAD.

Year of Food and Drink Sampling
5 February

Local food sampling will take place as part of the Year of Food & Drink at Tesco Lisburn on Friday 5th February. The demonstration will involve a range of Northern Ireland produce being stocked in Tesco. The cookery demonstration will run from 10am-4pm (approx.) and will incorporate sampling of products such as Tayto, Johnsons Coffee, Punjana Tea, Irwins Bakery and White’s Oats. The demonstrator this month is Evelyn McBurney.

Taste Our Best Industry Event
22 February

Taking place in Derry City’s Guildhall this event will see key celebrities talk to and shape industry activity with a focus on business success stories and a producers’ showcase.

Focus on Food conference
23 February

Belfast City Council’s ‘Focus on Food: Our recipe for tourism success’ conference will give you, the industry, the opportunity to learn from expert speakers and to network and share your views at breakout sessions on the issues that affect the industry. The all-day event will take place at St George’s Market.

The Management & Leadership Conference: Dr John Teeling
26 February

Dr John Teeling, widely regarded as the father of the Irish whiskey renaissance, will speak at the NI Management & Leadership Conference at Titanic Belfast on Friday 26th February. Other speakers include Mark Pollock, Justin Urquhart Stewart, Eleanor McEvoy and David Taylor (author of the world’s fastest selling business book). For more information go to or contact MLN on 028 9076 1030 or email

NI Science Festival, Ebrington Square
27 February

The ‘Experimental Kitchen in Derry’ will open the door to the science of food and teach some neat cooking tricks on the way. The project will look at experiments with thickening, fixing, gelling and molecular cooking, employing techniques such as air and foam. A scientific jump will explore multi-sensory cooking and food pairing with molecular similarities. Experiments on multi-sensory cooking include sounds of food and other experiments that show that appreciation of food is determined by the information sent to the brain. Free for all the family.