Armagh Food and Cider Festival- Part 1

Last year, as part of the Armagh Food and Cider Festival, I had dinner in the home of the Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral.

The pop-up restaurant was in the Dean’s living room (yes, really!) which is in the Armagh Robinson Public Library.

It was such a memorable event and one which really opened my eyes to the produce available across the Orchard County.

This year the festival is back from 21-24 September. The four day event will take place at orchards, restaurants, and other beautiful venues throughout the County.

I was lucky to get a sneak peek of some of the events taking place last week in a great day down to the Food Heartland!

The first stop on our #TasteofArmagh tour was to Crannagael House, a Grade 2 listed Georgian house surrounded by gardens, parkland, woodland and an apple orchard.

The owners, John and Jane, put so much effort into growing their own fruit and vegetables that they now supply the fresh, local produce to Armagh restaurants.

At Crannagael, we visited an on-site teepee to chat to local food and drink producers including Long Meadow Cider, Burren Balsamics, Harnett’s Oils and MacIvors Cider. We spent time talking to them about the produce and of course, sampled the goods along the way. We were also treated to a delicious brunch by The Yellow Door, an award-winning deli in Portadown.

During the festival there will be an opportunity to dine on the lawns of Crannagael House. “A Night in the Orchard” is all about food, cider, music and company. Ticket prices include a cocktail reception on arrival, a three course dinner with wine, and beer or cider to complement.

Crannagael House

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Orchard at Crannagael House

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Long Meadow Cider

Burren Balsamics

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Harnett’s Oils

MacIvors Cider

Brunch by Yellow Door

Read more in Part 2.

 

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