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26 Jan 2016

Tourism Ireland launches Northern Ireland Year of Food & Drink 2016 in Scotland

Top Scottish journalists and food buyers from across GB attend launch of Northern Ireland Year of Food & Drink in Glasgow

Tourism Ireland launched Northern Ireland Year of Food & Drink in Scotland this week, at Scotland’s Speciality Food Show in Glasgow.

Attendees at the three-day show included more than 1,000 trade buyers from across GB – representing department stores, farm shops, delis, food halls, restaurants and hotels and presenting an ideal opportunity for Tourism Ireland to showcase the wonderful culinary scene across Northern Ireland.

To coincide with Scotland’s Speciality Food Show, Tourism Ireland, together with Invest NI, invited influential Scottish journalists and food buyers to meet some of Northern Ireland’s top food producers in person, to hear more about our award-winning companies, world-class ingredients, talented chefs and wonderful restaurants – all helping to enhance our growing reputation as a truly innovative food destination.

Vanessa Markey, Tourism Ireland’s Head of Great Britain, said: “Scotland’s Speciality Food Show is a wonderful opportunity for us to spread the word about Northern Ireland Year of Food and Drink and to encourage our nearest neighbours in Scotland to visit this year.

“Throughout 2016, Tourism Ireland will place a major focus on highlighting the superb food scene in Northern Ireland. We are inviting everyone to come and enjoy 366 days of celebration – where they can discover the best of local produce and have the chance to experience the wonderful landscapes and coastline which make Northern Ireland so special. With so many great events planned for the year ahead, our message is that there has never been a better time to enjoy a true taste of Northern Ireland.”


Tourism Ireland in GB will undertake a busy programme of promotions throughout 2016, to build on the growth in visitor numbers last year. As well as showcasing our superb food and drink, Tourism Ireland will promote the Causeway Coastal Route and driving holidays in Northern Ireland. The organisation will highlight The Gobbins Cliff Path, as well as other iconic experiences like Titanic Belfast, the Giant’s Causeway and our unique National Trust properties. Attending the launch of Northern Ireland Year of Food & Drink 2016 in Glasgow were (back, l-r) Laureen McDonagh, Invest Northern Ireland; Michael McKillop, Glens of Antrim Potatoes; Stephen Brown, ScotlandMid; Paul Hargreaves, Cotswold Fayre; James Laws, Food & Drink Hub (Scotland) Ltd; Caroline Mulligan, Tourism Ireland; and (front l-r) Emily Dodd, Tourism Ireland; Melanie Harvey, Sunday Mail; Michelle Charrington, Invest Northern Ireland; and Paula Murray, Scottish Sunday Express, at the launch of Northern Ireland Year of Food and Drink in Glasgow.

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 5.2% of GDP in Northern Ireland and supports approximately 43,000 jobs.
  • In 2015, we welcomed about 1.9 million overseas visitors to Northern Ireland, delivering revenue of about £454 million.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.Ireland.com, available in ten different language versions for over 30 individual markets around the world. In 2015, Ireland.com attracted about 16.5 million visitors.
  • Promoting their produce on the Tourism Ireland stand at Scotland’s Speciality Food Show this week were Cavanagh Free Range Eggs, Cloughbane Farm, CocoMojo, Glens of Antrim Potatoes, Free’ist, Hollah Preserving, Johnsons Coffee, Niche Drinks, Ocean Veg Ireland, Rademon Estate Distillery, Rich Sauces and Squeeze Wheatgrass. The companies showcased their products to more than 1,000 trade buyers from GB department stores, farm shops, delis, food halls, restaurants and hotels.