The Northern Ireland Year of Food and Drink 2016 is a celebration of everything delicious about our food and drink.

It’s hardly surprising that food and drink is Northern Ireland’s single biggest industry and a major exporter to over 70 countries. The industry’s outstanding achievements particularly in international markets are being celebrated during Northern Ireland’s first Year of Food and Drink in 2016.

Award-winning food region

Northern Ireland is also an award-winning food region, with produce from Northern Ireland winning top prizes in international food and drink industry awards, including the Great Taste Awards, Blas na hÉireannWorld Cheese Awards and the International Wine & Spirit Competition.

Sourcing products from Northern Ireland

Our food producers are dedicated to traceability and passionate about quality. What sets Northern Ireland apart is the breadth of premium quality, wholesome, safe and innovative food from producers who are committed to delivering excellence every time.

A wide range of products including meat, poultry, dairy, seafood and beverages from Northern Ireland are being enjoyed in quality restaurants, top hotels and private homes around the world.

If you’d like to find a food and drink supplier from Northern Ireland, visit

Or we’ll be showcasing our food and drink suppliers at most of the main international food and drink exhibitions this year. These include Gulfood, Dubai, Food and Drink Expo, Birmingham and SIAL, Paris.


Visit Northern Ireland for the ultimate food experience

Northern Ireland is a great food tourist destination, where you can enjoy the finest food and drink in our award-winning restaurants, food markets and festivals. Find out more information about what Northern Ireland has to offer food tourists.

Northern Ireland food facts

  • Shortcross Gin from County Down, gained the silver medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition earlier this year.
  • Glenarm Shorthorn Fillet from Hannan Meats, Moira acclaimed as the 'best steak in the world' by David J Constable in the Huffington Post UK.
  • In terms of weekend covers The Harbour Bar & Restaurants in Portrush is Europe's third busiest bistro bar.
  • Northern Ireland produces 20% of the UK's beef and 15% of the UK’s dairy.
  • Bushmills is the oldest licensed distillery in the world.