Comber Earlies Food Festival

The annual Comber Earlies Food Festival welcomes the multi Michelin Star Chef, Jean-Christophe Novelli, who will be hosting this year’s food demonstrations. Join the celebrations and have a relaxing hay bale picnic while listening to a Brass band. With amazing savoury potato-based traditional gourmet dishes to try, children’s activities and street theatre to enjoy this is going to be a great family day out.

Cookery demos programme;

10.30am – 11am – Brian Magill and Paul Mercer (Breakfast and Brunch)

11.15am to 12noon - Jean-Christophe Novelli Pommes Boulangerie Maman Novelli and Ratatouille 

12noon – 12.30pm - Brian Magill and Paul Mercer (Tapas)

12.45pm – 1.15pm - Jean-Christophe Novelli Gratin Dauphinois a la Jean Vienna and Tarte Tain

1.30pm- 2pm – Tom McCluney (Afternoon Tea) - competition

2.15pm – 2.45pm - Jean-Christophe Novelli

3.15pm – Chunk Broil - Brian Magill and Paul Mercer

Musical performances taking place in Comber Square;

10am - 11.30am - Cleland Memorial

12noon - 2pm - Comber Brass Band

2.30pm - 3:30pm - Newtownards Silver Band

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Parking information

Aside from usual public car parking areas, additional parking for Saturday has been arranged to accommodate visitors to the event at Comber 2nd Presbyterian Church on Killinchy Street (BT23 5AP). This parking is free.


Did you know?

Despite being over 2,000 miles and an ocean apart, the country of Malta and County Down in Northern Ireland have several things in common.

The worldwide phenomenon, Game of Thrones is filmed in both places, both Malta and County Down have a large craft scene as well as links to Christian heritage. Their most notable similarity however is that they both hold an annual Potato Festival.

Comber hosts the Comber Earlies Food Festival while Malta holds the Malta Qrendi Potato and Agrarian festival in May 2018 (Sunday 27). Both events are held in the potato harvest hub and these festivals are very popular among tourists and locals alike, offering visitors the opportunity to re-discover the rural aspect of the land.

The potato festivals are a wonderful day out for the whole family, with many savoury potato-based traditional gourmet dishes available.

If you’re daring enough you can try potato cinnamon ice-cream and a potato cocktail at the Malta Qrendi Potato and Agrarian festival.

While the Comber Earlies Food Festival you can have a relaxing hay bale picnic whilst listening to a Brass band. With children’s activities, street theatre, and food demonstrations led by Chef Jean-Christophe Novelli the 2018 festival promises a great family day out!

23 June 2018

Opening Times

  • 10am-4pm


  • Free

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