Taste Ards and North Down - a leading food region where culinary innovation thrives

Savour the tastes of our region
The finest and freshest ingredients are sourced in abundance from our fertile fields and sparkling shores and can be found at our markets, artisan food shops and dishes across the region's award-winning restaurants.
This is a place with a famed agricultural and nautical heritage which is home to world class ingredients. Comber Earlies PGI status potatoes, Portavogie prawns, Strangford Lough oysters and County Down grass fed beef are just a few examples of the fine produce that is unique to this place.

Autumn Food Festival - Foodie Experiences - 4 September - 21 October

Taste and enjoy autumn flavours in a seven week celebration of local food and drink in Ards and North Down.

These delicious foodie experiences are topping the menu as part of our Taste Ards and North Down Autumn Food Festival.  Beginning on 4 September and running right through to 21 October 2021, you will have the opportunity to savour seasonal tide and turf produce and some of the boroughs finest food and drink. There’s never been a better time to Taste Ards and North Down. Find out more about the Autumn Food Festival.

Tantalise the tastebuds, what foodie experience do you fancy? Find out more about our Autumn Foodie Experiences.

That’s not all, on Saturday 11 September you can join us for the main event, Tide and Turf, Portavogie. A free event for all the family to enjoy, with great local produce, live chef demos and fun kids activities.

Or why not visit one of our local food and drink markets and sample Ards and North Down seasonal fayre.

Borough markets - Weekly markets are a tradition here, a fixture in Newtownards and Bangor for almost a century. Strangford Lough seafood, local vegetables, plants, homewares and traditional breads that are baked as you wait are available for you to buy.  We also have monthly markets to enjoy.

Immersive experiences -  Discover more of what the region has to offer by immersing yourself in these fantastic experiences. Take in the natural beauty of the countryside, enjoy local food and drink and the warmth of people first-hand.

Covid-19 Restrictions Update
Please check regulations and guidance on current NI Executive Guidance on hospitality on the NI Direct website. Additional Covid-19 related  information specific to ticketed events is available at the point of purchase.

Experiences will continue, subject to Covid-19 restrictions. Any events cancelled by the organiser, under all circumstances, will be fully refundable.
T&C's apply.