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The recent Newry Food Festival at Newry Variety Market certainly gave plenty of people Food for Thought with a lot of visitors and participants asking ‘Why doesn’t this happen more often?’ and ‘When is the next food festival?’  

Jane Harnett from Harnett's Oils and Claire Kelly from Passion Preserved, two of the stalls at the very first Newry Food Festival. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Jane Harnett from Harnett's Oils and Claire Kelly from Passion Preserved, two of the stalls at the very first Newry Food Festival. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

The Festival organised by first year Foundation Degree Hospitality & Tourism / Travel & Tourism Management students from Southern Regional College delivered a very successful FIRST for Newry in the form of our City's First Food Festival in Newry Market.

Members of the Southern Regional College team who organised the very first and extremely successful Newry Food Fair in Newry Market today. From left: Katie Tumelty, Damian Gutkiewicz, Jamie McAtavey, Olivia McDowell, Rebekah and tutor, Tanya McAleenan. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Members of the Southern Regional College team who organised the very first and extremely successful Newry Food Fair in Newry Market today. From left: Katie Tumelty, Damian Gutkiewicz, Jamie McAtavey, Olivia McDowell, Rebekah and tutor, Tanya McAleenan. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

The students had been planning this event since November and were delighted with the very positive feedback from both traders and event attendees. 

Charlene and Kyle White from Long Lane Pantry at Newry Food Festival. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Charlene and Kyle White from Long Lane Pantry at Newry Food Festival. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

Thirty different businesses exhibited their products, with a great variety of produce available – items that could be bought in the market place included chocolates, oils, chutneys, breads, tray-bakes, fish, ice-cream and even pizza making kits!  In addition to this local eateries ensured there was a great menu choice when it came to buying lunch or a snack while soaking up the live music performed by SRC BTEC L3 Extended Diploma in Music Technology (Music Production & Performance) Year 1 Students.   

The SRC Food Festival Events Team would like to take this opportunity to thank Newry, Mourne and Down District Council for making the venue available free of charge on the day.  They would also like to thank Noel Pepper, Market Manager for all of his support and enthusiasm in organising the event as well as Stuart Smith, Licensing Officer.  

Sure I don't mind if I do! - Adiena Devlin from My Aunt Janes with some tasty treats. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Sure I don't mind if I do! - Adiena Devlin from My Aunt Janes with some tasty treats. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

A big thank you to all of our traders:  local eateries which included: Bellini’s, Café Krem, Grounded Espresso Bars, La Dolce Vita, The Moody Boar, My Aunt Janes, The Shelbourne and The Sugar Supper Club.  Local food producers in ‘The Market Place’ included – Ballydougherty Icecream, Ballymoran Meats, Crepes 2 Go, Choice Pizza, Harnett’s Oils, Holden’s Chocolates, Keen Nutrition,  NearyNogs Artisan Chocolate, Need of Meats, Passion Preserved, Price’s Icecream, Red Dog Artisan Food, Silverfin, The Gluten Free Patisserie, The Krazi Baker and The Milestone.  Demonstrations were given by Aine’s Kitchen Cookery School, Mc Gees Butchers and SRC Catering Students. 

Finally, the Food Festival Events Team would like to thank to everyone who came along on the day. Watch this space for updates on Newry’s Second Food Festival!

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