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‘Great Tasting’ new addition to IFEX 2016

NI Year of Food and Drink

Posted by Tourism NI

Published January 27, 2016


This March, Northern Ireland’s biggest food, drink, retail & hospitality event – IFEX 2016 – will open its doors at its new home, the Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast and there’s set to be even more ingredients for a successful show than ever before. Setting the stage for what is to be the biggest and most exciting show to date, event organisers, Fresh Montgomery, have partnered with the Guild of Fine Food to introduce the Great Taste Market to IFEX.

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Coming to Northern Ireland for the first time, the Great Taste Market will house many Great Taste award-winning products from both Northern Ireland and Ireland, including Cavanagh Free Range Eggs, Cashel Blue, New Olive Company, Papas Mineral Water, S. D. Bell’s and Yellow Door.  Acknowledged as one of the most prestigious benchmarks for quality within food and drink products, visitors to IFEX will be guaranteed to source award-winning produce at the Great Taste Market

John Farrand, Managing Director of the Guild of Fine Food comments: “The Guild of Fine Food is thrilled to be launching the first Great Taste Market at IFEX as we’ve excellent relationships with many food and drink producers from both Northern Ireland and Ireland, due to the huge success that Irish producers have enjoyed in Great Taste. Year after year, Northern Irish and Irish producers consistently perform well with their world-class products, and this is reflected in the numbers of stars awarded. We’ve even had McCartney’s in Moira and Hannan Meats scoop our top accolade, with both being named as Supreme Champions in 2011 and 2012 respectively.   

“The Great Taste Market has been well received and we’ve a host of producers on board including S.D. Bell’s, Burren Smokehouse and Yellow Door. We’re looking forward to showcasing over 20 Great Taste award-wining producers, and the beauty of this area is that buyers can be assured of the excellent quality and taste of all of the products within the Great Taste Market. In addition to showcasing our winners, we’re hoping that their presence at IFEX will ultimately lead to new business, and we’re looking forward to a busy three days.”

The Guild of Fine Food is highly-regarded for its organisation of the ‘Oscars’ of the food world – the Great Taste Awards.  It has recently been revealed that, for the second time, Great Taste judging will take place at Belfast Metropolitan College at the beginning of June 2016.

Many other features are taking place at IFEX including the Salon Culinaire, which will see almost 250 student and industry culinarians taking part in individual and team events, and there’s also the prestigious Product of the Show awards.

Over 5,000 industry professionals are expected to attend IFEX to meet with more than 140 exhibitors from Northern Ireland, Ireland and further afield. 

IFEX 2016 is taking place from Tuesday 8th March to Thursday 10th March at the Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast. The show opens daily at 10am and runs until 6pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, and to 4pm on Thursday.  Register your attendance for free now at www.IFEXexhibition.co.uk.  Follow IFEX on twitter @IFEX_NI or via Facebook.com/IfexBelfast or join the IFEX NI Group on LinkedIn.


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