Mouth-watering menus!

Mouth-watering menus!

Celebrating local produce is high on the menu during the three days, and there is a foodie feast in store at this year’s Show.

Whether you want to learn about growing unfamiliar fruit or vegetables, create unusual growing spaces, source local produce, or just soak up the atmosphere whilst stopping to indulge on artisan foods, then this year’s Allianz Garden Show Ireland will take you through a mesmerising trail of food!

The Food NI Kitchen situated in the Food NI Pavilion will be hosting an array of mouth-watering demonstrations this year with a focus on what you can grow in your own garden.

Resident-chef Paula McIntyre will be cooking live on stage and as ever, creating imaginative recipes using fresh local ingredients that waste no part of the veg or fruit you’ve tenderly grown. She also some interesting takes on intoxicating desserts! Paula takes local Northern Ireland produce and re-invents it in some fascinating recipes. The craic will be mighty….and there will be opportunities to sample the original dishes straight from the hotplate.

What is now a Show staple, the Food NI Food Market, will be filled with local producers championing home-grown produce, from craft beer and cider to cheeses, chutneys and cupcakes, as well as the mouth-watering smells emanating from the Krazi Baker’s freshly baked soda farls.

Paula will be joined by Mark Diacono, grower, food writer and photographer who came to prominence as Head Gardener at River Cottage. Mark will be advising how to grow “unusual and utterly delicious” foods and also demonstrating how to make some interesting cocktails from your garden!

Lia Leendertz, grower, food writer and cook will be serving up live demos on the extra ‘zizz’ that herbs can bring to a dish, and talking about unusual growing spaces for your herbs and vegetables.
In fact eating from your garden, and surrounding your house with all-year colour, will both be recurring themes at this year’s Show.

Mark Diacono and Geoff Stebbings will be engaging in a debate on “Ornamental versus Edible.” With Pamela Ballantine in the hot seat as chair of the debate, the celebrity gardeners will be fighting it out to be able to use their garden territory for edible or ornamental plants!

With sustenance high on the agenda for visitors to the Show, a vast variety of ‘eat-on-the-go’ artisan food stalls will be cooking up their locally produced foods from Portavogie Prawns to Parkgate’s Rare-breed beef.

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