Ards and North Down is a well-established as 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.
 
Taste Ards and North Down at Home - Food and Drink Directory
Adapting in light of the current restrictions, many innovative local businesses have been agile in responding to  the changing demands by expanding or developing new delivery systems or opening new online ordering.

Here is a directory of the local businesses providing these services - Ards and North Down Borough Council Directory of Services

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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.

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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
Additional restrictions have been introduced for people in Northern Ireland, these new restrictions are in place until 5 March and will be reviewed on 18 February.

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.

Canoe and Cake - £50pp
Saturday 13 March 2021 | 1pm - 4pm | Meeting point: Tracey's Farmhouse Kitchen, Co Down, BT23 6UD

Enjoy the beauty of Strangford Lough from your own canoe before tucking into tasty treats in a magnificent traditional Irish thatched cottage.

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SUPNIC (Three events: Breakfast 8am - 10am, Lunch 12 noon - 2pm and Supper 4pm - 6pm) £40pp
Saturday 20 March 2021 | Meeting point: Bangor Marina

Get out on Belfast Lough with this guided paddleboarding experience, then tuck into a gourmet picnic from a local deli.

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SUP and Sip - £30pp
Sunday 21 March, 4pm | Meeting point: Donaghadee

Join us in Donaghadee for an early evening paddle, then return to Pier 36 for a drink and a chat, the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

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SUP and Soda - £50pp
Sunday 28 March 2021, 12 noon - 3pm | Meeting place: Green Boat Shed, Whiterock, Killinchy

Paddleboard from Whiterock to Ballymorran then enjoy a freshly grilled soda bread with a choice of fillings in warmth of a traditional Irish thatched cottage.

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