Food Heartland goes global with WorldHost Ambassadors

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Mark McGonigle, Uluru; Garath Keating, Lord Mayor of Armagh and Mervyn Steenson, Groucho's at the Launch of WorldHost Food Ambassdor Course at Uluru Armagh N.Ireland 27 January 2017 CREDIT: www.LiamMcArdle.com

The WorldHost Food programme is a recognised training course for staff in the hospitality sector, helping them to develop their knowledge of local artisan food and drink produce so that they can promote the area as top-class foodie destination to visitors.

The borough is Northern Ireland’s largest agri-food production zone, with two of NI’s PGI products, the Armagh Bramley and Lough Neagh Eel. But there are also an array of smaller artisan producers including chocolatiers, bakers and world renowned cider producers, who all promote themselves under the Food Heartland banner.

The WorldHost Food Ambassador training event, which is open to all visitor accommodation, attraction and hospitality staff, will take place on Tuesday 28th February from 9.00am to 2.30pm in Uluru Bar and Grill in Armagh, whose head chef Mark McGonigle is also a member of the Food Heartland Hospitality Forum.

Stephen Bill from Tourism NI, who co-founded the course, said: ““We are delighted to be partnering with Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council to deliver the WorldHost Food Ambassador programme at the prominent restaurant, Uluru Bar and Grill.

“This is a practical customer service tool, where trainees literally eat and drink themselves to a better understanding of our local produce. This accredited training will enable tourism and hospitality businesses to build on the success of the Year of Food and Drink 2016 and create a legacy within this industry by investing in people and skills.”

Lord Mayor of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon, Cllr Garath Keating said: “The Food Heartland has an abundance of fabulous local produce, chefs and restaurants. It’s now about providing people within our tourism and hospitality sector with the right knowledge so that they can confidentially communicate this to our visitors.

“We have lots of quality producers and creators who are passionate about what they do. This course will help them become more familiar with the range of local produce and cuisine on offer, helping the area continue to grow into an international gastronomic destination. It will be an interactive experience with plenty of great local fayre to sample throughout the day.”

The event will take place on Tuesday 28th February, from 9.00am to 2.30pm in Uluru Bar and Grill, Market Street, Armagh. Participation fees are £20 per person and limited to two per organisation. To book onto the course or for further information, see: www.armagh.co.uk/foodambassador