Blog : Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council



Creating a legacy for the local area and to mark the outstanding success of Northern Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink in 2016, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has announced plans to collate and publish a book of locally inspired recipes. With the help of residents, the council is asking them to submit recipes, whether passed down from generation to generation or inspired by new culinary discoveries. All recipes must be submitted before Tuesday 31st January 2017.

The recipe book will also feature handy tips by true local home cooks and Michelin-star trained chef Chris McGowan – joint owner of the award-winning Wine and Brine in Moira –  will be lending his expert eye and taste buds to the process.

“What we’ll be looking for are recipes that have been passed down through local families over the years – the bread and butter, per se – that has fuelled Lisburn & Castlereagh and captures the essence of the council area’s favourite regional tastes,” commented Chris McGowan.

Cllr. Uel Mackin, Chair of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Development Committee, commented on the level of excitement around the creation of a locally inspired recipe book.

“The idea of a book containing recipes which have been passed down through families to feed Lisburn and Castlereagh residents for generations is an appetising prospect! Throughout 2016 we recognised the best in local producers and manufacturers, and in November specifically celebrated our food legacy and opportunities for learning. It’s important to us that we instil a love of the culinary arts for generations to come by taking pride in our past and present culinary accomplishments and using these to further progress interest in the food and drinks industry.”

Residents are now being called upon to submit their cherished recipes for consideration in the soon to be published Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council recipe book. To be considered, submitted recipes should be those which have been passed down through families over the years. All submissions must also include a short historical background to the recipe.

To put forward a recipe for consideration, simply submit your entry by Tuesday 31st January 2017 to LCCC Recipe Book, C/O Rumour Mill PR, First Floor Cranmore House, 611A Lisburn Road, Belfast, BT9 7GT or visit All winning submissions will be notified after this date and will need to be available for publicity shots. Terms & Conditions apply.



LCCC Celebration of “Legacy and Learn to” at Hilden Brewery

LCCC Celebration of “Legacy and Learn to” at Hilden Brewery

Photo by Aaron McCracken/HarrisonsLisburn 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.

Photo by Aaron McCracken/HarrisonsComing 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.

Photo by Aaron McCracken/Harrisons

Roast parsnip and white bean soup, smoked paprika cream, with Hilden Brewery's Molly's Chocolate Stout wheaten bread.

Photo by Aaron McCracken/Harrisons

Photo by Aaron McCracken/Harrisons