Consumer Public Relations
October 10, 2019

As part of this year’s 2019 Food & Drink Calendar, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has announced a series of unique ‘Learn To’ workshops to take place at Larchfield Estate on Saturday 12th October. The workshops will make use of Larchfield’s various event spaces, including the recently converted Charles Lanyon building, The Old Piggery, which will be used as a new experience room.

Five unique workshops, hosted by the council, will offer members of the public the chance to take part in a series of ‘hands-on’, interactive experiences in the fields of food, beauty and nature. Workshop topics include Bread & Jam Making, Beekeeping, Fermented foods and Organic Beauty.

Alderman Allan Ewart MBE, Chairman of the council’s Development Committee said: “We are extremely happy with the success of the 2019 Food & Drink Programme so far this year and are delighted to have the opportunity to host our ‘Learn To’ workshops in the bespoke ‘Stables’, ‘Barn’ and ‘Old Piggery’ event spaces at Larchfield Estate. The 12th October event brings together local masters from the local food and drink sector to share their knowledge.  We are proud to have such a versatile facility in our council area and we are delighted to host the first event in Larchfield’s new experience room, The Old Piggery.”

Commenting on the opening of The Old Piggery and the upcoming ‘Learn To’ workshops, Sarah Mackie said: “We are pleased to be able to add another heritage event space to Larchfield Estate’s ever-growing offering. Part funded by a Rural Development Grant we are extremely excited to officially launch the Old Piggery as an experience room on Saturday 12th October for the inaugural Lisburn Castlereagh ‘Learn To’ workshops.”

Hosting a Bread & Jam Making workshop will be award-winning Brambleberry Jams founder Alice McIlhagger. Alice supplies her jams and preserves to a wide range of businesses across Northern Ireland and is really making a name for herself throughout the artisan food scene. She continuously teaches home cooks how to use the best local ingredients to produce deliciously unique jams, preserves and sauces.

Adding a different dimension to the 2019 Food & Drink Programme will be Larchfield Estate’s resident Beekeeper Dr Ken Baird and fermentation advocate Dearbhla Reynolds. Ken is Honorary Secretary of The Institute of NI Beekeepers and will host a workshop on beekeeping that is perfect for anyone thinking about homing honeybees. Dearbhla Reynolds, author of the highly acclaimed book on fermentation, The Cultured Club, (voted John McKenna’s Book of the Year 2016) will host her own hands-on workshop that promises to be an ideal stepping stone for anyone wanting to learn how to ferment foods at home and learn some great tips on how to use fermented foods in everyday meals – a key 2019 food trend! Dearbhla’s workshop will also educate attendees on the health benefits of fermentation.

Other ‘Learn To’ Workshops being hosted include a hands-on Organic Beauty masterclass with acclaimed natural skincare creator, Mrs Rganics. For those who like to be outdoors and have an interest in wildlife conservation and photography, Larchfield Estate is offering an opportunity to take a guided walk to parts of the estate normally not accessible to the public with their in-house expert and photographer Garry Wilkenson.

The ‘Learn To’ Workshops are ticketed events and run from 9.00am to 1.00pm on Saturday 12th October 2019. For further information on the workshops please visit www.visitlisburncastlereagh.com with all tickets available through www.eventbrite.co.uk. Frequent updates can also be found on Facebook.com/VisitLisburnCastlereagh, Twitter @VisitLisburn and Instagram @visitlisburncastlereagh.

For further information on Larchfield Estate please visit https://www.larchfieldestate.co.uk/