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FREE EVENT - Tide and Turf Portavogie

Fish Market and Harbour area, Portavogie, County Down, BT22 1EB
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Part of our Taste Autumn in Ards and North Down programme | Full programme

A FREE family fun event showcasing local food and drink featuring celebrity chefs Theo Randall and Suzie Lee.

Enjoy this celebration of land and sea and savour the season with delicious local tide and turf produce.

Join us for a jam-packed day of fun for all. The programme for the day will include...

Tide and Turf Demo Kitchens
Food demos taking place throughout the day, organised by South Eastern Regional College (SERC) and featuring guest celebrity chefs Theo Randall and Suzie Lee.

Theo Randall
We are delighted to welcome chef, author and restaurateur, Theo Randall, back to our Demo Kitchen, after joining us at Comber Earlies Food Festival in June this year.

Theo 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.

Suzie Lee
We are also very happy to announce that chef Suzie Lee will be making a welcome return to the Tide and Turf Food Festival Portavogie.

Northern Irish Suzie is the winner of BBC's Best Home Cook 2020 and since winning the show, has gone on to present Suzie Lee Home Cook Heroes. 

We can’t wait to see her in action in our Tide and Turf Kitchens as she demonstrates her culinary skills and share some cookery hints and tips!

Food and Drink
A selection of food and drink stalls showcasing the best of local produce with a focus of seafood and beef.
Artisan bar, full of the best of local drink offerings and an opportunity to meet our local producers.

Portavogie Pups Café
Let your four-legged friend relax and refuel with a puppuccino or refreshing drink of water in the Portavogie Pups Café.

Children's activities
Exploris Touch tank

Puppet shows, street entertainers, arts and crafts activities

Entertainment for everyone
Dizzyland's Funfair (charges apply)
Live music featuring Beach Boys tribute act, 'The Surf's Up' and the phenomenol 'String Ninjas'. Here is a little
about each of our amazing music acts...

The Surf's Up
The most exciting, dynamic and fun-packed Beach Boys tribute in the country! Their nine-piece band gives you note-perfect harmonies, the coolest mixture of sun, surf, sand, 60's classics, plus the best and the less well-known classic tracks from the late 60's and 70's. You will dance til you drop! Fun, Fun, Fun and Good Vibrations guaranteed!

String Ninjas
Belfast-based instrumental duo String Ninjas are made up of Fingerstyle guitarist Gavin Ferris and electric violinist Mick Conlon! There may only be two in the band but their sound is as big as their personalities! Gavin takes care of the rhythm, bass and harmony thanks to his virtuosic and percussive guitar style, while Mick handles the bulk of the melody lines thanks to his classical training and desire to sound like Hendrix
on violin! Just because they don't sing, doesn't mean the audience aren't allowed to. Amazing, infectious energy exudes from their performances - not one to miss!

So come along pick up delicious treats, culinary tips and enjoy fantastic entertainment – a perfect day out for foodie families!
Surf’s Up

Ards and North Down Borough Council is committed to reducing our carbon footprint. As well as the free buses to and from the event, there are fresh water stations on site, so bring along your refillable bottles and reusable bags to pick up goodies at the market

Getting there | Free Buses
Free Bus Service From Newtownards, Bangor and Portaferry - timetable as follows:

Out | Portaferry to Portavogie                           
Portaferry Square           12:00 | 14:00 
Portaferry Depot             12:10 | 14:15 
Cloughey Road            12:20 | 14:20
Portavogie                      12:30 | 14:30   

Return | Portavogie to Portaferry
Portavogie                      15:00 | 17:00 
Cloughey Road            15:10 | 17:10
Portaferry Depot             15:15 | 17:15 
Portaferry Square           15:30 | 17:30 

Out | Newtownards to Portavogie
Newtownards Bus Station        11:30 | 13:00 | 14:30 
Greyabbey, Police station     11:45 | 13:15 | 14:45 
Kircubbin                  11:52 | 13:22 | 14:52 
Portavogie              12:00 | 13:30 | 15:00 

Return | Portavogie to Newtownards  
Portavogie                 13:45 | 15:15 | 17:30 
Kircubbin                 13:53 | 15:23 | 17:38 
Greyabbey, Police Station     14:00 | 15:30 | 17:45 
Newtownards, Gibson Lane     14:15 | 15:45 | 18:00 

Out | Bangor to Portavogie 
Bangor Bus centre          11:10 | 12:50 | 15:10 
Donaghadee, High Street     11:27 | 13:07 | 15:27 
Millisle, Main Street         11:32 | 13:12 | 15:32 
Ballyhalbert, Shore Road     11:48 | 13:28 | 15:48 
Portavogie                 11:55 | 13:35 | 15:55 
Return | Portavogie to Bangor 
Portavogie               13:40 | 16:00 | 17:30 
Ballyhalbert, Shore Road      13:47 | 16:07 | 17:37 
Millisle, Main Street        14:03 | 16:23 | 17:53 
Donaghadee, High Street     14:08 | 16:28 | 17:58 
Bangor Bus centre          14:25 | 16:45 | 18:15 

Getting there | Parking
Do you plan to drive to the event?  Be considerate when parking, please think of residents.

Accessible car parking will be available - offered on a first come, first serve basis. 

Overflow carpark available at Trinity Free Presbyterian Church, subject to availability based on first come, first served.

Getting there | Public Transport
Taking the bus? If the free buses don't suit, check out

Event site | Useful information
Road Closures - Parking will be restricted on Harbour Road from 6am - 6pm.
Accessibility - Portavogie Harbour is fully accessible. Mobiloo will be in attendance.
Dogs - are permitted, to remain on lead at all times

[Please note, photography and videography may take place at some/all of these events]

For more information on safe alcohol consumption, visit the Drink Aware website.

Please note all details are subject to change.  

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. 

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