One of Australia’s most recognised food and wine personalities, Lyndey Milan, arrived in Northern Ireland recently to film her new TV series, called Lyndey’s Taste of Ireland.
Lyndey, who was invited to film here by Tourism Ireland in Sydney in conjunction with the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, is the author of five best-selling cookbooks and a popular TV presenter in Australia on all things gastromonic. She is travelling around Northern Ireland and the island of Ireland, seeking out culinary delights and hidden gems. In addition to filming the making of cheese at Causeway Cheeses in Loughgiel, Lyndey also spent time filming at the Old Bushmills Distillery, cooking Lough Neagh eels with Nick Price at Nick’s Warehouse in Belfast and discovering the secret behind Pat O’Doherty ‘Fermanagh Black Bacon’ in Enniskillen.
The series will air during the spring of next year on Foxtel (in Australia) and on Living and The Food Channel (in New Zealand), to an expected audience of in excess of one million viewers. Seven 25-minute episodes are being filmed in various locations, with Lyndey eating, drinking and engaging with the locals she meets along the way including chefs, restaurateurs, food producers and home cooks.
Orla Saul, Tourism Ireland’s Manager for Australia and New Zealand, said: “We are delighted that Lyndey Milan and her crew have chosen to film in Northern Ireland. Lifestyle programmes such as this are an excellent way for Tourism Ireland to get positive exposure for Northern Ireland and the island of Ireland in Australia and New Zealand. We are increasingly becoming known for our food, with a reputation for high quality, natural products used in both traditional and innovative dishes. The seven episodes filmed around the island will be seen by over one million people, helping to inspire ‘foodies’ and prospective holidaymakers around Australia and New Zealand to come and discover the culinary delights of Northern Ireland for themselves.”
Australian food personality and TV presenter Lyndey Milan (right) with cheese-makers Damian and Susan McCloskey of the Causeway Cheese Company in Loughgiel, Co Antrim.
Further media information:
Elaine Moore / Clair Balmer, Tourism Ireland
Tel: 028 7035 9260 / 07766 527719
Notes to Editors:
• Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting Northern Ireland and the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
• Tourism is responsible for in excess of 4.9% of GDP in Northern Ireland and supports approximately 40,000 jobs.
• Approximately 1.4 million overseas visitors came to Northern Ireland in 2010, delivering revenue of approximately £210 million.
• Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.discoverireland.com; there are 42 different websites, providing information in 14 different languages covering every continent. In 2010 discoverireland.com attracted almost 12 million unique visitors.