Annual Potato Festival back at the Giant’s Causeway

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The third annual ‘Northern Ireland Potato Festival’ returns to the Giants Causeway this October.

This young festival is growing at an amazing rate thanks to the quality of the offering at this free event.

Mayor Cllr Michelle Knight McQuillan along with some of the sponsors at the launch of the Northern Ireland Potato Festival at the Giants Causeway, Ali Walker NT, Louise Mislopp DARD NI, Gemma McKeown Food NI, Carol Hall AFBI, Ian Duff Coordinator for NI Potato Promotion

Mayor Cllr Michelle Knight McQuillan along with some of the sponsors at the launch of the Northern Ireland Potato Festival at the Giants Causeway, Ali Walker NT, Louise Mislopp DARD NI, Gemma McKeown Food NI, Carol Hall AFBI, Ian Duff Coordinator for NI Potato Promotion

This year the festival committee have been busy working to pull everything together for this year’s main event on Saturday 3rd October supported by events on Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd October.

This year the event will combine with the National Trust Community Open Day at the Giant’s Causeway, meaning visitors not only get to visit the festival for free but also the world renound Giants Causeway providing an entirely free fun day for all the family.

The program of events are as follows-:

October 1st : On Thursday evening from 7 – 10pm
as part of the UNESCO International Year of Light 2015 many features at the Giant’s Causeway will be lit at night and there will be three guided tours.

Sarah-Jane McCurdy and Pippa Dinsmore with cllr Sandra Hunter

Sarah-Jane McCurdy and Pippa Dinsmore with cllr Sandra Hunter

Those attending can also walk down to the stones by themselves. It is advised that everyone attending should bring their own torch to the event. Last admission to the Giant’s Causeway Visitors centre will be 9.30pm

October 2nd : Friday 11am
There will be a guided visit to Chipmaster, one of Northern Ireland’s leading growers and producer of potatoes. Register early for this visit - see full details on www.facebook.com/nipotatofestival or call – 07759092927 to book your place.

Also on Friday evening from 8pm -11.30 pm there will be live entertainment in the Causeway Hotel.

Saturday 3rd: 10am – 5pm
The Main Northern Ireland Potato Festival and National Trust Community Open Day at the Giant’s Causeway will take place including: Potato producers, growers, artisan foods, exhibitions, talks, children’s arts and crafts, celebrity chefs and cooking demonstrations, helicopter rides, bouncy castles, displays, food stalls and more.

Sarah-Jane McCurdy and Pippa Dinsmore with cllr Sandra Hunter and the Mayor Cllr Michelle Knight McQuillan

Sarah-Jane McCurdy and Pippa Dinsmore with cllr Sandra Hunter and the Mayor Cllr Michelle Knight McQuillan

Mayor Cllr Michelle Knight McQuillan at the launch of the Northern Ireland Potato Festival.

Mayor Cllr Michelle Knight McQuillan at the launch of the Northern Ireland Potato Festival.