Magherafelt Speciality Christmas Food Market and Switching on of Christmas Lights.

Sean Owens and Robert Ditty Presenting the Magherafelt Signature Dish.
Sean Owens and Robert Ditty Presenting the Magherafelt Signature Dish.

You will be in for a treat when you visit the Magherafelt Speciality Christmas Food Market on Saturday 28 November between 12 noon and 6pm, as it is playing host to some exciting, first time food experiences never before sampled in Northern Ireland.

Charmain Bell, Tourism Officer with Magherafelt District Council explains, “We are really excited about the market as it has a distinctly local flavour to it. Bringing together farmers, producers, growers, buyers and chefs from our community, they will be selling specially prepared seasonal produce.”

Charmain continues, “What makes the day so unique is that two of our local foodies, Robert Ditty of Ditty’s Bakery, suppliers to world renowned stores such as Fortnum and Mason in London and chef Sean Owens of Gardiner’s Restaurant in Magherafelt, have come up with something original especially for the market, which will be unveiled on the day.  Robert has created a yeast from his own bee colonies, which he will use for the first time to produce the bread.  Sean will invent a unique winter warmer soup using traditional methods and locally produced ingredients.  Those lucky enough to be there on the day will have the opportunity to taste and purchase these two signature dishes.”

Charmain concludes, “The food demonstrations organised by Food & Drink Northern Ireland, which incorporates Taste of Ulster and Food Promotion Northern Ireland Ltd, will reinforce the message of quality food in Northern Ireland.  They will help endorse authentic Northern Ireland cuisine and illustrate the provenance of the food from the gate to the plate. We know that once visitors taste local, they will want to buy local.”

So come along and bring the family to absorb the delightful tastes and aromas of the seasonal food and drink on offer, including a hog roast, soak up the festive atmosphere and join in with the carol singers.

This event is part funded by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Northern Ireland regional food programme.

For media enquiries contact Charmain Bell, Magherafelt Tourist Information Centre on 028 7963 1510 M: 07811349014

Demonstrators will prepare recipes, illustrating the provenance of local food, which includes an educational element for children.

The event also coincides with the annual switching on of the Christmas Lights in Magherafelt.