Armagh Festival of Food & Cider

Experience new gastro delights as Armagh's knock-out food and cider festival returns this October

Festival Details


Wednesday, 05 October 2016 to Sunday, 09 October 2016

A five-day event-filled food and drink spectacular unfolds in Armagh in October as Northern Ireland’s only Food & Cider Festival returns for a second year.

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, in collaboration with the Food Heartland Hospitality Forum and businesses across the area, promises that this year’s festival will pack an even bigger punch than last year’s inaugural event, when visitors thronged the streets and multiple venues for a jam-packed gastronomical feast.

Kicking off on Wednesday October 5, the five-day food and drink spectacular features a pop-up cookery school with dedicated classes for every age and an exclusive pop-up restaurant fit for a king and set beautifully in the stunning splendour of Armagh’s Public Library and at the home of the Dean of St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral.

Cider-tasting and drinking and afternoon tea and tours of the orchards will place visitors at the beating heart of Armagh’s apple harvest, while dedicated restaurant food tours and a weekend Artisan Food & Cider Market at the iconic Shambles Yard will create a deliciously scrumptious foodie heaven to draw in visitors from near and far.

In a first for Armagh, a brand new Twilight Market at the Shambles on Saturday evening will add to the unmissable choice on offer in a city buzzing with atmosphere and home-cooked aroma.

Top chefs including Sean Farnan from The Moody Boar, Gareth Reid from 4 Vicars, Simon Dougan from The Yellow Door and Mervyn Steenson from Groucho’s On The Square are among a long line-up of hospitality experts taking part in multiple events designed to showcase the finest local produce set in Northern Ireland’s original Food Heartland.

This event is funded by Tourism Northern Ireland, 2016 Year of Food & Drink Fund and the Northern Ireland Regional Food Programme. To download the full programme of events and for booking details for some events, visit