Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Northern Ireland Potato Festival - Saturday October 4

The Festival this year will take place on the hard surface car park in front of the Causeway Hotel.

We will have  two marquees for food stands and exhibitors. This year we will also have another marquee for the Signature Kitchen of Food NI, a selection of chefs will be demonstrating throughout the day.

The Causeway Hotel will be used for Talks and Exhibitors downstairs in the function room and extension with a link to the exterior marquees.

Local restaurants will be providing potato menus on the day which will feature the potato in its many culinary disguises:  The French Rooms, Distiller's Arms, Causeway Hotel, Bushmills Inn and The Bayview Hotel, Portballintrae.

For more information please check back to our programme page which will become active and receive updates as we get them.

A Park & Ride shuttle bus will be operating from the car park in Bushmills. The Festival is free to attend but if you wish to visit the Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre then you will need to purchase a ticket.


There will be a range of Food Stands inside the Marquee, Food Producers, Exhibitors, Potato Growers, Trailer Stands.

Cookery Demonstrations in the Food NI Signature Kitchen throughout the day

1.00 - 1.45pm   Paula McIntyre - BBC Radio Ulster

2.00 - 2.45pm   Emmet McCourt - Irish Food Heritage project

3.00 - 3.45pm   Eimer Mullan - Thyme & Co

4.00 - 5.00pm   Paula McIntyre - BBC Radio Ulster

Country Markets

 Ballycastle Country Markets will be attending with crafts, art and home produce.

Talks in the Causeway Hotel

11.30am - The John Clarke Story - Maurice McCurdy

12.30pm - Potato Varieties Galore - David Langford

1.30pm -  Grow Your Own Potatoes - Carol Hall

2.30pm  Potatoes - A Very Important Food - Donna Wilson
Children's Activities
Young at Art, Face Painting, Balloon Making, Fairground Attractions, Mr Tayto, Finn, Una and Bennadonner, Art Competition
Helicopter Flights
Weather permitting we will have helicopter flight available during the day
Static Displays
Farm machinery