It’s all about apples at this extended harvest celebration in a county famous for its many orchards, with the emphasis firmly on local produce of both the edible and drinkable variety.
Foodies and those with an interest in craft brewing will enjoy cider tastings, orchard tours, outdoor markets, as well as pop up restaurants and special festival menus, many with an apple theme, at local restaurants. While we in Ireland are not great lovers of eels at the dining table, Lough Neagh Eels are a renowned delicacy – sadly mostly in France. Take the opportunity to try them here if you have not before. Delicious.
The eels have a PGI (protected geographical indication) designation, as do Armagh Bramley Apples, and they are just two foods that contribute to Armagh’s renown as a food producing area. The best way to discover local delicacies and cooking is on an Armagh Restaurant Food Tour, where you can sample the best of local produce in six different restaurants with a taster plate in each, finishing of course with a cider tasting.
Visitor information and map
Events are centered in Armagh City. Food tours and tastings require tickets with advance purchase recommended (previous years were sell outs). Booking is available at the website.