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Comber Earlies Food Festival
  1. Chef Paula McIntyre
    Part of the Taste Summer in Ards and North Down programme. On this tour you will visit the stunning location where the Comber Early grows and is harvested, learn a little bit more about them, get involved in harvesting them yourself and lots of opportunities to taste them.
    1. Free Event - Comber Earlies Food Festival
      This is a FREE event - no ticket required. The event is focused around food and drink with up to 40 food stalls featuring local artisan producers, an artisan bar offering the best of local distilleries and breweries, celebrity and local chef demonstrations showcasing the famous Comber Early potato as well as Brass bands, children's entertainment and a vintage tractor display.
    2. picnic basket and blanket
      Cancelled: Part of the Taste Summer in Ards and North Down programme. Take part in National Picnic Week, with an afternoon picnic at Island Hill, Comber.
      More of the Taste Summer programme...
      1. No14 at the Georgian House restaurant
        Part of the Taste Summer in Ards and North Down programme. Chef Jim Mulholland kicks off the festivities with a daytime showcase of hand-picked local artisan food, drink and craft suppliers showing their fine produce in the beautiful walled garden and courtyard of his restaurant.
        1. Donaghadee
          Discover the history of Donaghadee on this dog friendly walking tour. After the tour, enjoy a gin cocktail in the Pier36 Beer Garden. Your four legged friend will receive a goody bag.
          1. Picnic basket on picnic blanket
            Part of the Taste Summer in Ards and North Down programme. A celebration of the summer solstice with great local vegetarian food and local artists providing music and a sing-a-long or two to get you in the summer mood.
            1. a photo of a man feeding a group of birds
              Part of the Taste Summer in Ards and North Down programme. An opportunity to pick up seasonal gardening tips from the reserve manager. You will visit the orchard and sensory garden before coming into the centre to make potato apple cakes with Tracey.
              1. a photo of burgers on a bbq
                Part of the Taste Summer in Ards and North Down programme. Horner's Farm, overlooking Scrabo and Strangford Lough, plays host to an evening BBQ with local beef and those gorgeous home grown Earlies with Chef Jasper Castell manning the BBQ.
                1. Exterior of bar restaurant
                  Part of the Taste Summer in Ards and North Down programme. Calling all quiz-lings. McBride's has a special edition of their pub quiz all about Northern Irish food, drink and culture in celebration of Comber Earlies just for you.
                  1. No14 at the Georgian House restaurant sign
                    Part of the Taste Summer in Ards and North Down programme. Chef Jim Mulholland launches his special weekend Comber Earlies menu showcasing the versatility of the Comber Earlies potato.
                    1. a photo of different types of cheese
                      Part of the Taste Summer in Ards and North Down programme. Indie Fude and Echlinville Distillery get together for a tutored tasting of artisan Irish Cheese and spirits with some great music.
                      1. Comber
                        The town of Comber may be small in size, but it is big in terms of history!
                        1. People kayaking on Strangford Lough
                          Listen to history and folklore while soaking in the beauty of Strangford Lough.
                          1. Photo of  The Echlinville Distillery sign on exterior to building
                            Part of the Taste Summer in Ards and North Down programme. Join the team at McBride's with their friends at Echlinville and Indie Fude for an evening meal that pays homage to the Comber Earlies Spud.
                            1. Exterior of bar restaurant
                              Part of the Taste Summer in Ards and North Down programme. Iris McBride has pulled together all your favourite local breweries into a single event to celebrate the talents who make our local beer. Couple that with the carb fest late lunch of Comber Earlies Potato Raclette and you know you're in for a great time.
                              1. Exterior of Hotel restaurant
                                Part of the Taste Summer in Ards and North Down programme. Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast, meet a few of our fine local producers and enjoy a bit of music over a relaxing morning.
                                1. Walled Garden Helen's Bay main house
                                  Part of the Taste Summer in Ards and North Down programme. This beautiful afternoon will will provide you with a hint of Downtown luxury within the tranquil setting of this picturesque garden.
                                  1. Photo of the Ward Park duck pond and wooden bridge, surrounded by leafy green trees mid summer
                                    Part of the Taste Summer in Ards and North Down programme. Get that festival feeling and feel those summer vibes with this picnic event in Bangor's Ward Park, with music and a glorious artisanal food offering.
                                    1. Princetown Guesthouse external front of accommodation
                                      Part of the Taste Summer in Ards and North Down programme. A seven course taster menu where brunch gets an imaginative makeover with plants taking the centre stage. Pick up tips and ideas to try at home that will impress your family and friends.
                                      1. Photo of the Rollo Gillespie Monument standing tall in the centre of Comber Square
                                        Part of the Taste Summer in Ards and North Down programme. Wind your way around Comber town centre, stopping in renowned locations offering food to stir all the senses.
                                        1. Fresh bread, food on a market stall
                                          Taste Summer in Ards and North Down from 18 June - 3 July, throughout this packed 2-week programme don’t forget to visit our weekly markets in Bangor and Newtownards, and monthly Market on the Square in Portaferry.
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