Amplify is leading the establishment of an industry-led food and drink network.
Mid and East Antrim has strong traditions and capabilities in agriculture and food production and processing.
The Mid and East Antrim Food and Drink Network aims to position itself as the leading advocate for promoting Mid and East Antrim Food and Drink offerings regionally, nationally and internationally.
The food and drink network will facilitate and encourage:
- The development of a brand/identity for the network in order to promote the sector and local provenance regionally and beyond.
- Provide growth opportunities to the sector through
- Best Practice Visits
- Networking Opportunities
- Access and support to showcase at high profile food events and exhibitions
- Support the area’s food and drink producers to become an active component in the overall NI regional food and drink offering.
The Food and Drink Network Story to Date:
The initiative established in September 2017 has brought together local producers in Mid and East Antrim for the first time. During the course of the initiative Council supported producers to showcase their produce regionally at key events in Northern Ireland including; BBC Good Food Show NI 2017, Ifex Belfast 2018 and Balmoral Show 2018.
Producers have also come together through a series of workshops on BREXIT planning, Food Trends and Innovations, Selling Skills and Product Development. Each seminar featured high profile guest speakers including Chef Brian McDermott and Food NI Consultant Paul Burch. The workshops have inspired innovation, and encouraged collaboration and networking across the industry for the businesses.
Charles Campion, Masterchef Judge and prominent food writer, restaurant critic and consultant visited the Borough to learn about the food and drink network. Charles visited local agri-food producers and presented a workshop providing an overview of the trends in the food sector both locally and internationally.
Mid and East Antrim has secured funding from the Northern Ireland Regional Food Programme to continue the development of the Mid and East Antrim Food and Drink Network from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019.
Who can get involved?
Businesses from the categories below who are based in Mid and East Antrim can take part in our various shows or workshops.
- Agri – Food and Drink Producers
- Food Influencers
- Food Retail Businesses
How to get involved?
To get involved, businesses can contact 028 2563 3195 or email firstname.lastname@example.org