Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council (LCCC) recently hosted a luxurious celebration to conclude the month of “Legacy and Learn to” at the Tap Room Restaurant at Hilden Brewery, as part of the Year of Food and Drink. Several leading food bloggers and writers, as well as local press gathered to taste, smell and devour an outstanding menu that combined some of the best local produce within the area.
The evening kicked-off with a cocktail reception sponsored by the award-winning, Ruby Blue Vodka, Irelands first potato vodka producer. Their signature serve consisted of its renowned potato vodka with premium lemonade, a crisp slice of apple and a sprig of thyme, and was a refreshing start to the evening. This was followed by a tour of the famous Hilden Brewery guided by Seamus Scullion who founded Irelands oldest independent brewery in 1981. He introduced guests to the production of their range of craft beers and the workings of the brewery.
Coming in out of the cold guests were seated in the beautiful Tap Room restaurant, welcomed by Cllr Uel Mackin and guided through a bespoke four-course menu by their host and local girl, Denise Watson. Each course was specifically designed by Head Chef Dave McCarthy, to showcase the produce from the local suppliers which included, Hannans Meats, Tempted Cider, Tynedale Goat Kid, Abernethy Butter, Brambleberry Jams, Draynes Farm Ice-cream and of course Hilden Brewery.
In his closing comments, Cllr Uel Mackin, Chairman of the Economic Development Committee at LCCC, said “These are but a few of the amazing food and drink producers we have in the council area, we as a council are immensely proud of these thriving local businesses and we are determined to support them in their growth and development.”
The evening was a huge success and guests were thrilled with the array of beautiful food and drink they enjoyed, the local producers will be very busy in the coming months as word of their excellence spreads.