Food Tours & Trails

Sat 23 Sept (10.00am – 3.00pm- £55)

£55 per person

9.45am arrival.

Local chefs and producers have joined together to offer two guided culinary Food and Cider tours, designed to showcase the rich history of the Food Heartland area and its many award winning foodie wonders. These tours will offer a unique sensory journey and guests can enjoy talking with chefs and producers and hear about their passion and commitment to food and of course have the opportunity to taste and sample as they go.

The tour commences at Armagh City Hotel at 9.45am to feast on a sharing, canapé style brunch prepared by Head Chef John Whyte who will explain how the inspiration for the food prepared in “The Friary Restaurant” is taken from the monks who lived in the nearby Franciscan Friary from the 13th Century. Chef Whyte and his team mirror the monks’ ideology by using the best locally sourced ingredients as the basis for all their menus. You will then depart on a coach with a local experienced tour guide through the picturesque Drumlin belt towards the outskirts of Portadown to the Armagh Cider Company. The Troughton family have been growing apples on their farm at Ballinteggart House for 4 generations, they will treat you to a tour of the premises outlining the process from blossom to bottle which includes a presentation of the steps involved in manufacturing their range of ciders and apple juices, rounded off with a tasting of these products. Also on site you will meet the proprietors of Harnett’s Oils and Burren Balsamics, local award winning artisan producers in their own rights who in turn will explain to you about their range of award winning products with opportunities to sample these and advice on recipes to savour their products. From here it is a short drive away to “Groucho’s on the Square” located in the 17th Century Square of the historic village of Richhill. This pub features in “The Taste of Ulster” directory and patrons will be served a delicious lunch by head chef Mervyn Steenson made with the finest Orchard County produce. During your meal you can savour the “olde worlde” ambience of this unique establishment. The final part of this culinary journey takes us on to nearby Laurelvale to experience “Wasabi Crop” another family run venture on this tour. You will hear directly from the Kitson family about how they were inspired to grow this plant, how it is rapidly evolving, their vision for the future of their crop and of course the chance to sample the produce and be given some recipe ideas. The bus will then return to the Armagh City Hotel and to continue this food experience participants will not have far to travel to the Urban Orchard at the Shambles Yard, venue of the annual atmospheric Food & Cider market 5 – 10pm.


Food Tours and Trails: Bookings for parties of 4 or more are entitled to one free ticket

Discounts available at time of booking a JOINT ticket for BOTH ‘A Night in the Orchard and ‘Food Tours and Trails’

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Please wear appropriate clothing as some elements may be outdoors. Itinerary subject to change.