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Oyster Festival's success made sweeter during Year of Food and Drink

NI Year of Food and Drink

Posted by Tourism NI

Published March 24, 2016


The Hillsborough International Oyster Festival has welcomed the bestowing of two major accolades saying their conferment has been made more special during the Year of Food and Drink.

Oyster Festival's success made sweeter during Year of Food and Drink

Named by the online travel and lifestyle site, WorldGuide as one of this year’s Top 10 food festivals in the world the event has also been deemed one of the best seafood festivals in Ireland by another online resource, Coast Monkey.

The honour by WorldGuide places the hugely popular local event on a global platform ranking it alongside the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival in Australia, World Gourmet Summit in Singapore, Salon du Chocolat in Paris, Taste of Chicago in Illinois and Lona Coffee Cultural Festival in Hawaii.

 “We are absolutely delighted to have been named as one of the world’s top food festivals and one of the best Irish seafood festivals in 2016 and especially in NI Year of Food and Drink,” said Don Spence, chairman of the Hillsborough International Oyster Festival organising committee. 

“Every year we strive to host a bigger and better event that attracts visitors to the village and showcases the very best of local produce and seafood.”

Claudia Hellmann, Travel & Food Editor at WorldGuide commented, “It was not easy to decide which food events to pick as our top recommendations for 2016 because there are so many exciting festivals in all parts of the world. But picking the Hillsborough Oyster Festival was easy. I have always loved it for its unique mix of the finest locally-sourced produce, laid-back atmosphere and exciting events such as the World Oyster Eating Championship and it has such a varied programme that it's one of the most entertaining food events I know.”

The Festival received its listing as one of the best Irish seafood festivals in 2016 from Coast Monkey, an online resource that shares news and information about the Irish Coast.

This year the Hillsborough International Oyster Festival takes place from Tuesday 30th August to Sunday 4th September. For further information visit www.hillsboroughoysterfestival.com


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