Taste and enjoy locally produced food and drink

In these rapidly changing and challenging times, our local food and drink businesses have stepped up and quickly adapted their offering to help the local community to access a broad range of hot food, drinks, groceries and fresh produce.

Enjoy our Great Local Food and Drink

We encourage you to shop local to support our farms, distilleries, factories, breweries, retailers and kitchens continuing to work hard producing fantastic quality food and drink.  Now that we are spending more time at home than ever before, we can find joy in the kitchen. Why not use locally sourced ingredients to create a delicious meal, try a new recipe or bake with the kids?

Taste Ards and North Down at Home

We've teamed up with some great local food producers, cooks and chefs from across the borough to bring you recipes allowing you to enjoy a taste of Ards and North Down at home.

Taste Ards and North Down Producer Profiles

We want to introduce you to some of the local producers througout the borough, hear about how they got started, the products they sell and find out where you can buy them.

Producer Profile 1 - Clandeboye Yoghurt: Find out more

Recipe 1- Oat and Yoghurt Bread by Kim Close from The Kitchen Academy

Many of you may recognise Kim. As a freelance cookery tutor, home economics teacher, chef, nutritionist, recipe development consultant, food writer, demonstrator and food event organiser, she has many strings to her bow and is a familiar face at events in Ards and North Down.

Having obtained a host of qualifications ranging from psychology through to teaching and nutritional therapy, she is very passionate about the connection between health, food and community, as well as education.

She especially enjoys having the opportunity to teach young people hands-on cookery skills and nutrition information. Community work is at the core of her workshops and Kim has delivered courses for the Cedar Foundation, Active Communities, The Education Authority, Colin Neighbourhood Partnership, Urban Villages and The Strategic Partnership Board.

Kim Close from the Kitchen Academy has provided a delicious recipe for some yummy oat and yoghurt bread using lots of locally sourced ingredients.

Find out more about Kim and get the recipe here

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