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Mid and East Antrim businesses get their teeth stuck into BBC Good Food Show

Four food and drink producers from Mid and East Antrim have been showcasing their products at the BBC Good Food Show for the first time.

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council supported the producers to exhibit over the three days to thousands of visitors.

After last year’s sell out event, this year’s BBC Good Food Show was attended by thousands of foodies and ran from 10 to 12 November 2017 at Belfast’s Waterfront hall.

This year’s new and improved layout had a bigger space to showcase the best of artisan produce from across Northern Ireland.

The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim attended the show and said, “This year’s BBC Good Food Show was a fantastic success and a great platform to show off our Borough’s fantastic produce. We really held our own with a wide variety of products on offer including traditional Greek fayre from Broughshane based Tom & Ollie, artisan marshmallows Camran from Ballycarry, Portglenone’s Tully Farm and Linda’s Original also from Broughshane.

“Not only was this a fantastic marketing opportunity for the businesses involved, but it also gave them a chance to network with other agri-food producers and a line-up of well-respected chefs, other Food NI members and key contacts across Northern Ireland’s booming food and drink industry.

“Agri-food is one of Council’s priority sectors which we’re committed to supporting and growing as part of the Integrated Economic Development Strategy for Mid and East Antrim. This year Council has supported producers to trade at the Balmoral Show and now the BBC Good Food Show is taking that to another level.

“The idea also supports Council’s latest Food Network initiative. This aims to get agri-food businesses working together to promote the sector, in and out of the Borough, as not only somewhere for ‘foodies’ to get fresh, local, high quality produce but for businesses to see the Borough as a great place to invest.

“It’s hoped that once up and running, the industry led network will identify ‘champions’ of the area, like those here at the Good Food Show to promote the local agri-food sector and create opportunities for the businesses involved to grow.”

Linda de Vecchis from Linda’s Original said, “It’s been so exciting to showcase our produce on such a well-respected and huge stage. I’ve met such great people over the few days and made many connections that will benefit my business. I would highly recommend for other agri-food businesses to showcase at events like this, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the help of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council who I would also like to thank for this unmissable opportunity.”

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council secured two branded stands for the local producers to showcase from.