Smeg Pop-up Restaurant set to sparkle at Hillsborough International Oyster Festival 


Set to dazzle Northern Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink, the Hillsborough International Oyster Festival presents it’s Gourmet Pop-up Restaurant on Thursday 1st September 2016. Sponsored by stylish kitchen appliance provider Smeg, the evening’s four-course menu will be prepared by top local chefs, with guests also being treated to a special appearance from top chef Richard Corrigan.

After a successful premiere last year, the Gourmet Pop-up Restaurant will return with a fine bill of fare from local chefs, Derek Patterson of The Plough, Hillsborough, Andy Rea, from the Mourne Seafood Bar, and Karl Banks from The Hillside. Each chef will perform a live cooking demonstration of their signature dish at the fully-kitted out Smeg cooking theatre before guests are served a plate of these spoils to taste for themselves.

Festival committee member and Pop-up chef Derek Patterson said: “We’re delighted to be putting the Pop-up back on the menu for the Oyster Festival’s 2016 programme and contributing to what has already been a phenomenal year of food for Northern Ireland. Each course is an opportunity for chefs to showcase their individual flair for crafting home-grown produce into creative culinary designs. Andy Rea from Mourne Seafood Bar will be flaunting his famous seafood mastery while the Hillside’s Karl Banks is set to start the evening off with a delicious salad and sorbet creation, so guests get to enjoy a diverse dining experience.”

The Hillsborough International Oyster Festival, Tourism Northern Ireland, and Food NI are all delighted to welcome top chef, Richard Corrigan to the Pop-up Restaurant, who will be partnering up with Derek Patterson to cook-up the main course of the four-dish feast.

The event is set to be a gourmand’s dream with dishes prepared using award-winning ingredients such as Hannan Meats. Guests are invited to go on a culinary adventure with each course perfectly paired with wine from top South American wine maker Concha Y Toro. Festival sponsor, Turkish Airlines also seek to add a dash of Eastern Europe flavour to the evening with their native canapes, baklava and Turkish Delights, from the airline’s Flying Chefs.

For further information on the Hillsborough International Oyster Festival’s programme and to book tickets visit www.hillsboroughoysterfestival.com.

The Hillsborough International Oyster Festival also kindly acknowledges the support of Tourism Northern Ireland and Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council in the staging of this year’s event.

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