Taste the Greatness of Northern Ireland

Join us for ‘Taste the Greatness of Northern Ireland’, a regional showcase of Northern Irish delicacies from 13th-23rd March in our Market Hall.

‘Taste the Greatness of Northern Ireland’ is a showcase of the premium food and drink that Northern Ireland has to offer at Borough Market. Guest traders will set up shop in the glass fronted Market Hall from the 13th to the 17th March then again from the 20th to the 23rd March. The showcase will bring to life a fantastic array of award-winning produce sourced from this small, yet mighty, part of the world with a longstanding heritage in authentic, quality food and drink with outstanding flavours.

On Sunday 17th March, Borough Market will be open from 12pm-4pm especially for a free family friendly St Patrick’s Day celebration with food, drink, cookery demos, live entertainment and of course the great produce of Northern Ireland to sample and purchase. There will be a story telling corner and face painting to keep the children happy, displays of traditional Irish dancing and cookery demos from Northern Ireland’s celebrity chef Paula McIntyre, with plenty of recipes to take home for visitors to rustle up a St Patrick’s Day feast. Along with guest traders offering food and drink from Northern Ireland, Borough Market’s traders will be providing special St Patrick’s Day produce.

Traders include: Indie Fude, which established Northern Ireland’s first cheese collective; Ke Nato Biltong, strips of preserved tender organically reared local beef; Naked Bacon from Finnebrogue, the first mass produced rasher to be made without nitrites; 3 star Great Taste award-winning Millbay Oysters - one of the Top 50 Foods in the World - from Rooney Fish; Cavanagh Free Range Eggs; Irish Black Butter, a fruit and spice conserve made from Armagh Bramley apples and cider – delicious on toast, with cold meats and cheese or on ice-cream; Oats and cereals from Whites, one of Northern Ireland’s oldest brands who have been milling oats on their original site in Co. Armagh since 1841; Fruit and herb vinegars from Burren Balsamics; ready prepared heritage potato and vegetable side dishes from Mash Direct and rape and hempseed oils from Harnett’s Oils.

For those looking for an authentic tipple to toast St Patrick, there will also be Shortcross Gin, Northern Ireland’s first premium craft gin; and a range of craft beers from Hillstown Brewery, including Massey Red, inspired by their farm’s tractor.

Throughout the showcase, friend of the Market and Northern Irish native Paula McIntyre will be running a series of cooking demos making the most of the produce on offer. Dishes she will be cooking include:

- Lacada Raspberry ale doughnuts with Eringrove raspberry jam and elderflower pastry cream
- Fried Rooney oyster, oyster emulsion, stout pickled onions
- Gnocchi with rose veal salami and Sperrin cheddar veloute, oat pangrattato
- Baked eggs with Biltong, leeks and cheddar, Rousel bread
- Oat tartlets with whiskey candied raspberry, nutmeg custard cream
- Baked Whiskey Custard with Abernethy oatmeal biscuits
- Potato, Kearney blue cheese and roast onion pies, Abernethy smoked butter crust, Green salad with Abernethy brown butter and Burren Balsamics apple dressing
- Grilled mackerel with Burren Balsamics beetroot and cacao nib caramel dressing, radicchio and Abernety dulse buttered radish

Join her for tasters, tips, tricks and recipes at the following times;

- Wednesday 13th March - Saturday 16th March: 12.45pm & 2.15pm
- Sunday 17th March: 12.30pm & 2pm