A delicious celebration of local food and drink

4 September 2021 - 21 October 2021

September - October



Tide and Turf - Portavogie - FREE EVENT

What a fantastic day in Portavogie on Saturday 11 September, as we celebrated wonderful local produce and enjoyed lots of foodie fun.

With our Tide and Turf Kitchens hosting chefs from across the borough as they used delicious peninsula produce to create stunning Tide and Turf dishes, we were also delighted to welcome Suzie Lee, winner of BBC's Best Home Cook 2020 was cooking up a storm and shared some cookery hints and tips with the visitors to Portavogie harbour.

There were demonstrations from Great British Menu competitors as well as South Eastern Regional College chefs with their take on the Tide and Turf theme, transforming seasonal ingredients and fresh local produce into delicious dishes. 

Now you can try some of these dishes for yourselves with the recipes cooked at the event.

Tide and Turf, Portavogie Recipes to Try At Home



Local Food and Drink Markets 

Ards and North Down is well known for our wonderful local markets which have been a tradition for over 100 years 

Weekly Markets -  Bangor's Wednesday morning market in Asda Carpark and Newtownards Saturday morning Market in Conway Square - Find out more

Comber Farmers' Market - During the festival the highly acclaimed monthly artisan food market will take place on Thursday 2 September and Thursday 7 October  9am - 1pm - Find out more 

The Market on the Square, Portaferry - Visit Portaferry's Market on the Square on the first Saturday of the month 10am - 1.30pm -  Find out more 

Newtownards Harvest Fair - Newtownards Market will be running their traditional Harvest Fair on Thursday 23 September Conway Square, Newtownards  8am - 5pm

Markets: Dates for your Dairy 

Join us and taste Ards and North Down's seasonal fayre...

  • Thursday 2 September: St Mary's Car Park Comber 9am - 1pm 
  • Saturday 4 September: The Market on the Square Portaferry 10am-1.30pm
  • Saturday 2 October: The Market on the Square Portaferry 10am-1.30pm
  • Thursday 7 October:  St Mary's Car Park Comber 9am - 1pm
  • Saturday 9 October: Market Fresh at Project 24 Bangor 11am-3pm
  • Saturday 16 October: Taste Ards and North Down at Comber 10am-3pm

Foodie Experiences

This foodie festival continues with unique autumn experiences celebrating seasonal tide and turf produce and showcasing some of the borough's finest local food and drink. 

Tantalise the tastebuds, have a look at our mouth-watering programme and see what foodie experience you fancy....

Find out more about the Autumn Food Festival Foodie Experiences. 

Eat Local during our Autumn Food Festival

In Ards and North Down we are home to the finest and freshest ingredients from land and sea all to be discovered in delicious dishes served in our award-winning borough restaurants.

Look out for the special Tide and Turf menus at some of your favourite restaurants.

Find out more about Autumn Food Festival Eat Local.

Experience Ards and North Down

Developed for 2021 a range of unique experiences allowing you to discover more of what Ards and North Down has to offer.  

Grow and Graze 
Saturday 11 September | 10.30am | £30pp | Meeting point: Castle Espie Reception 

Enjoy a unique day out with Tracey’s Farmhouse Kitchen and Castle Espie Wetland Centre. Learn how to ‘grow your own’ then reap the benefits in the kitchen! Join our expert Gardening team at the Gardener’s Bothy in Castle Espie and learn how to grow your own and take care of your garden in an environmentally friendly way. 

SUP-NIC (Paddle and Supper) 
Saturday 18 September |4pm - 6pm| £40pp |Meeting place: Donaghadee Harbour 

Paddleboarding from Donaghadee with a gourmet picnic  on the water. Enjoy getting on the water with this guided paddleboarding experience, take in our water’s edge views and hear local tales. Then as you rest on your paddleboard, tuck into a gourmet picnic from a local deli as you enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

Find out more and book September Experiences.

Terms and Conditions apply for foodie experiences. Please read the following terms and conditions associated with the experience before agreeing to proceed.


Help us to stop the spread of Covid-19. Regular rapid lateral flow testing is strongly recommended prior to attending these events.
We want to ensure all experiences operate with the safety of customers and staff as top priority and as such, all regulations surrounding covid as per NI Executive direction must be adhered to at the date and time of the experience regarding indoor dining venues. For the latest regulations and guidance for hospitality from NI Executive check the NI Direct website.

It is imperative that if you have any symptoms of Covid19, have tested positive for Covid19, or have been in recent contact with anyone who has tested positive, you do not attend.

Please note that we will be constantly monitoring and reviewing these guidelines, and will adapt them if we feel it is necessary – or if we are required to do so by law.

Tickets and Seating

We are thrilled to bring you this programme of experiences celebrating all that is best about food in Ards and North Down. 

To allow for the experience to be as best as possible for all, under current restrictions, the following is necessary with regards to ticket sales.

We are operating a bubble system. You will be able to buy a bubble that will hold up to a maximum of four people. Unfortunately, we cannot change the size of the bubbles and the price per bubble is fixed. For example, if you are a party of three, you can book a bubble of four people at the set price and either ask a friend/friends to be part of your bubble or have a lower number in the bubble.

Bubble locations will be allocated by the venue you are attending. If you book more than one bubble (for example on behalf of someone else), please be advised that your separate bubbles may not be located together.

When booking a bubble, you must include all individuals in your bubble, it is not possible to book additional tickets to add to your bubble or bring more people than you have booked a bubble for.
Due to social distancing and safety requirements, you must stay in your bubble for the duration of the experience. You must not move between bubbles.

Dietary Requirements

Please note, no alternatives are available. Allergens may be present. Menus for the Taste Ards and North Down food programme are seasonal and subject to change without advance notice. For information, contact the host venue for the specific foodie experience that you are interested in.

Please ensure that you check with all members of your party regarding food allergies, intolerances, and dietary requirements prior to booking tickets. 
With regards to food allergies, intolerances and specific dietary requirements, customers are advised to speak to a member of staff at the host venue for the specific foodie experience that you are interested in for more information. Ideally this should be done before purchasing tickets, or for ticket holders at least 48 hours before the event.

Exchanges and Refunds

No refunds or exchanges.

All experiences are on a ticket only basis. Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded or exchanged unless an experience is cancelled by the organiser (e.g. in the case of extreme weather). Where possible, all participants will be informed by telephone and refunds will be made by cheque (for cash and cheque payments) and by card (for debit or credit card payments). Refund cheques will normally be posted within ten working days of the original event date.

The management reserves the right to:

1. Refuse admission to the ticket holder to the premises

2. No latecomers admitted unless there is an interval in the performance / event

3. Cancel or abandon the performance / event for reasons beyond its control without notice and    without being liable to pay any person compensation or damage whatsoever other than,
at the Management's discretion, a possible percentage or maximum refund to the ticket holder of the value of the ticket.

4. Refuse entry or and use on the premises of any camera or any form of audio or visual recording equipment

Full TicketSource Terms and Conditions

4 September 2021 - 21 October 2021

Opening Times

  • Please see individual events for timings


  • Tide and Turf - Portavogie is a FREE EVENT. For Foodie Experiences see event listing for ticket pricing

Contact Details

  • Address Visitor Information Centre Tower House, 34 Quay Street, Bangor, Co. Down, BT20 5ED Bangor Co. Down
  • Telephone 028 9127 0069
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