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  1. The Northern Ireland Seafood Trails
    The Northern Ireland Seafood Trails will take you to some of the country’s busiest ports and teach you all about its vibrant fishing industry, including 5 of our own harbours here in Ards and North Down.
  2. NI Spirits Trail
    Go on a journey of exploration of taste in this Discover Northern Ireland trail of distilleries in our land, two of which are in Ards and North Down.
  3. Distillery tours immerse visitors in the botanicals of the smuggler-inspired spirits
    Truly immerse yourself at The Copeland Distillery, where you’ll hear tales of secret smugglers, savage battles and remarkable voyages, all while soaking up our coastal spirits of whiskey, gin, and rum.
    1. Couple walks outside the Echlinville Distillery in the sunshine
      Discover how Echlinville Distillery captures the flavour, colour and mouthfeel of their spirits, before settling down to relax and enjoy them in the bar.
      1. Tracey baking in her country kitchen
        Tracey Jeffery of NI Food Tours will take you by coach along 115 miles of stunning coastline of Strangford Lough. You will visit award winning Producers, hear their stories, and sample many local food and drink products.
        1. couple in kitchen with Tracey making bread.
          Join me in my Farmhouse kitchen on the shores of Strangford Lough. You will be warmly welcomed to my home where my homemade buttermilk soda bannock awaits with some local brew tea or coffee. Then - aprons on and you will make a variety of traditional breads. You won’t be using scales! Breads will include soda, wheaten, potato or Fadge as we call it locally.
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          2. 29 Jun 2024
          3. 13 Sep 2024
          4. 21 Sep 2024
        2. A wellness experience and combines two experiences in one.
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        1. Taste Ards and North Down
          Taste Ards and North Down - a leading food region where culinary innovation thrives. 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.
        2. Markets
          We are well known for our wonderful local markets which have been a tradition for over 100 years. Dotted amongst our towns and villages, some weekly, some monthly, a foodie lovers haven. Come along and pick up delectable delights to taste and enjoy.
        3. Breweries & Distilleries
          In Ards and North Down we are lucky to be home to two distilleries who have really come to the forefront in their field in recent years, Copeland Distillery, Donaghadee and Echlinville Distillery, Ards Peninsula, as well as many local brewers of craft beers.
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