‘Cookery Bites’ at the Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival


This set of fun, relaxed and educational cooking demonstrations will showcase our locally caught seafood, local artisan products and promote many of the fantastic businesses in the area who carefully source, prepare, cook and present maritime-themed dishes.

Culinary bites session chefs and producers will include: Gary Stewart of Tartine at Distillers Arms, who will showcase his award-winning pickle sauce and award-winning red seafood chowder. Emer Mullan from Thyme & Co, who will demonstrate a seafood dish. Harry Jordan – The Oyster Catcher, Harry will teach you how to fully appreciate oysters.

A duo with Rob Kerr from Pie in the Sky and Ruairidh Morrison from North Coast Smokehouse who will demonstrate their culinary skills in preparing and cooking fresh local fish.

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Chef Gary Stewart of Tartine Bushmills prepares for Rathlin Sound Mritime Festival .PHOTO KEVIN MCAULEY/MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA

The festival is a great opportunity to bring people together to celebrate our unique culture, heritage and local produce in the most positive way, a celebration of all that is wonderful about this magical part of the world in the heart of the coast of the Giant’s Causeway and the Glens, the music, people, scenery, crafts, culture and local produce unmatched.

The gastronomic delights don’t stop there, locally in Ballycastle town, many restaurants and cafes will also be offering specials during the festival period, including the Seafood themed night on Friday 27th May at Marconi’s at Marine Hotel. On Rathlin Island, you can join a foraging tour on Sunday, May 29 at 1:45 p.m. Join local guide Ksenia for a leisurely stroll along Rathlin’s shoreline and rock pools while learning about the different marine life that makes Rathlin home. For 16 years, Ksenia has been harvesting and cooking the natural produce that grows along the rocky shoreline of Rathlin Island. The price is £20 per person. Book online – www.Nineglensadventuretours.co.uk or at the Ballycastle Visitor Information Center (VIC). Or join Rathlin’s BIG Lunch on Sunday, June 5 around noon – the biggest picnic on the island; bring something to share – pastas, breads, local produce and fruit. This will be Rathlin Island’s first big breakfast in a difficult few years and serves to remind us of how dependent we are on our neighbors throughout the year, giving everyone a chance to thank those we know or to make new friends for the future. . Bring food to share to chat on the waterfront and watch what’s happening in the bay (sponsored by LIFE Raft – biodiversity recovery project, Rathlin Acting for Tomorrow, funded by EU LIFE, National Lottery Heritage Fund and DAERA).

Shauna McFall of Naturally North Coast and Glens said: “Other temptations will also be available for purchase at the festival, including a range of hot food and gourmet treats from Naturally North Coast and Glens Artisan Market. We are delighted to be able to support the festival again this year and to offer our traders the opportunity to introduce their products to a wider audience. Visitors to the festival will be able to immerse themselves in the wealth of fantastic culinary knowledge that our chefs and producers have to offer.

The full festival program is now available on the festival website www.rathlinsoundmaritimefestival.com. For the latest updates you can contact the Ballycastle Tourist Information Center by calling 028 2076 2024.

Please note that details are subject to change due to tides and weather, so visitors are advised to follow the Facebook (@RathlinSoundMaritimeFestival) and Twitter (@RathlinSoundMF) channels for the latest announcements.

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council are working with Ballycastle Community Development Group and Rathlin Development and Community Association to bring you this hugely popular celebration, with a packed program of land and sea activities, inspired by the Rathlin Sound – the body of water connecting Rathlin Island to the mainland at Ballycastle.


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