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Calling all food lovers to Armagh’s 15th Georgian Festival

Food fans of all ages will enjoy food from a bygone age this November.

Armagh’s Georgian Festival, now a four-day celebration of the city’s heritage and history, will share in the region’s most recent accomplishment in being named one of Ireland’s Top Five Foodie Destinations with events aimed squarely at gourmands and gastronomes.

Ranked alongside Kilkenny, Kinsale and Galway, this acknowledgment cements Armagh’s reputation as a must-visit and the 2018 Georgian Festival will provide ample opportunity to sample its delights.

Running from Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th November, Armagh’s food provenance, pride and panache can be enjoyed at a range of food events to cater for every taste.

On Friday 23rd November, a Georgian character will showcase the true art of a Georgian Afternoon Tea at the historic Milford House Collection now housed in a dedicated building in the City before guests step back in time for a Venetian-themed ball at The Great Georgian Banquet. Enjoy an exquisite five-course dining experience from Simon Dougan of the award-winning Yellow Door with matched wines and entertainment in the stunning setting of The Archbishop’s Palace.

On Saturday 24th November, the Georgian Gin School takes the modern gin craze back to its roots with Listoke Distillery to focus on where it all started, educating gin connoisseurs of the 21st century on how to master ‘Mothers Ruin’, the perfect Georgian gin serve.

The Grand Tour Wine Tasting will take guests on a trans-European experience in the footsteps of local wine merchant Charles Robb, having spent four years discovering the best wines the continent can offer.

Led by renowned local Blue Badge Guide Donna Fox, the Hidden Gems guided tour will visit two private residences, Crannagael House and Dean’s Hill to celebrate the architecture and interiors of the Georgian era. In addition to this exclusive access, there will be morning coffee provided and a lunch from Gareth Reid and his award-winning team at 4 Vicars Restaurant in Armagh.

Throughout Georgian Day itself, the Food Heartland of Armagh will pull out all the stops for its Artisan Market & Hot Food Village with over 100 stalls showcasing and selling the finest food and crafts from across the borough. Living history characters, live music, street theatre and carol singers will add to the festive atmosphere across the city as part of a full day event which attracts tens of thousands every year.

To view the event programme and for more details on all the events, including booking, please go to www.visitarmagh.com/georgian

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