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FREE EVENT – Comber Earlies Food Festival

St Mary's Car Park, Comber Square, Comber, County Down, BT23 5DT
Collage of photos representing the Comber Earlies Food Festival


This is a FREE event - no ticket required (some charges will apply to funfair rides).

This event is part of Taste Summer in Ards and North Down. To view the full programme, click here.

Fantastic food and drink will be on offer, with up to 40 food stalls featuring local artisan producers, an artisan bar offering the best of local distilleries and breweries, cookery demos and plenty to entertain the kiddies.

Chef Demonstrations

Visitors will discover how to best cook the prized potato with cooking demonstrations from celebrity chef Theo Randall and local favourites such as chef Jim Mulholland from No. 14 at the Georgian House. We are thrilled that Paula McIntyre, author, TV presenter and one of Northern Ireland's leading chefs, is joining us to show off her culinary talents. Paula has hosted the cooking slot on Radio Ulster's Saturday Magazine programme since 2004 and writes weekly recipe columns for Farming Life and the Belfast Telegraph Weekend magazine.

Theo Randall

Chef, author and restaurateur, Theo Randall, opened his first multi award-winning restaurant, Theo Randall at The InterContinental, to huge critical acclaim and success in 2006 and hasn’t looked back since. 

His passion for food was born from regular family holidays across Europe and from a young age he was destined for a culinary future. Known for being one of the country’s best non-Italian Italian chefs he was formerly Head Chef and Partner at The River Café, London, which was awarded its first Michelin Star under his direction.

While he is a regular on national television, including BBC One’s, Saturday Kitchen, Theo remains true to his culinary roots and can be found at the restaurant most services.

Come along to Comber, where Theo will delight us with demos throughout the day, showcasing the famous Comber Early potato, pick up some helpful hints and tips for you to try at home.

Family Fun  

Enjoy brass bands, children’s entertainment and even a vintage tractor display. Find the gold potatoes hidden around the venue and claim your goodie bag from the Ards and North Down Borough Council Visitor Information Centre caravan. 

Brass Bands in the Square

10:00am - 11:30am | Cleland Memorial 
12:00noon - 1:30pm | Lily of the Valley Accordion Band 
2:00pm - 4:00pm | Comber Silver Band 

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Getting there | Free Buses 

Bangor  - Newtownards - Comber

Bangor Bus Station: 09:30 | 11:00 | 1:00
Ards Gibson Lane:  09:45 | 11:15 | 1:15
Comber (By-pass beside St Marys School) 10:00 | 11:30 | 1:30

Comber - Newtownards - Bangor
Comber (By-pass beside St Marys School): 12:00 | 14:00 |16:00
Ards Gibson Lane: 12:15 | 14:15 | 16:15
Bangor Bus Station: 12:30 | 14:30 | 16:30

Getting there | Parking

Do you plan to drive to the event?  Check what Parking is available in the town.

Additional free parking will also be available at 2nd Presbyterian Church, Killinchy Street in Comber.

Taking the bus? If the free buses don't suit, check out the Translink timetable.

Road Closures | From 6am-6pm in Comber Square and lower Killinchy Street.

Event site | Useful information

Accessibility - (with the exception of the grass area with St Mary's church) is accessible to wheelchairs. Accessible toilets will be available within the event site. Mobiloo will be in attendance.

Dogs - are permitted, to remain on lead at all times.


In line with government guidance around COVID-19, we encourage event attendees to continue to make safer choices including sanitising, wearing a face covering and keeping distance as appropriate. 

Please note all events are subject to change.

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