New for 2018, the Heartland Food & Drink Tour has been added to the popular and unique Lough Neagh Tours portfolio and will depart Belfast on 12 May, 2 June and 9 June.
More info here.…
Long Meadow Farm is available for Tours. This will include:
- An orchard walk explaining the different orchard plantations in place.
- Visit to the cold storage facility where apples can be stored from harvest season in September straight through to June the following year.
- Opportunity to see the pressing and blending facilities.
- History of the Oak Aged Barrels.
- And of course the opportunity to sample some craft ciders.
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The family–owned and managed business, located at the heart of Northern Ireland’s ‘Orchard Country in Loughgall, is implementing a major growth strategy to accelerate sales of its ciders, juices and apple cider vinegar in Northern Ireland, Great Britain, the Republic of Ireland and further afield.
SALSA is a food–safety standard written by experienced food safety experts to reflect both the legal requirements of producers and the enhanced expectations of ‘best practice’ of professional food buyers.
SALSA certification is only granted to suppliers who are able to demonstrate to an auditor that they are able to produce safe and legal food and are committed to continually meeting the requirements of the SALSA standard.
Managing director Pat McKeever, who started the business with son Peter and other family members in 2013, commenting on the SALSA accreditation, says: “SALSA is a tremendous endorsement of the quality and safety of our business, processes and products.
“Indeed, we’ve scrutinised all aspects of our business and made a number of changes to increase efficiency and productivity. It’s also an important measure of the premium quality of our ciders and juices.
“SALSA accreditation positions us to meet the food safety and transparency requirements of multiple retailers that we’ve been talking to about listing our products,” he adds.
The company, based on family–owned orchards, has won a series of major awards for its products including UK Great Taste Awards and Blas na hEireann Irish National Food Awards.
In addition, Long Meadow last year gained a major marketing award in a competition for Northern Ireland’s smaller food companies organised by the George Best Belfast City Airport.
Long Meadow has a heritage in apple growing stretching back three generations in county Armagh and has already won business from delis, independent retailers, restaurants and bars in Northern Ireland and in the Republic of Ireland.
The enterprising family grows and harvests apples from upwards of 120 acres, 30 of which are on the home farm.
The decision to diversify from growing apples into the production of cider, juices and cider vinegar followed extensive market research and substantial investment on the development of an innovative range of products and processes.
Native Bramley apples, which have EU PGI status, and other locally grown apples from a network of trusted growers are used.
Long Meadow ciders and juices are processed exclusively using pure pressed apple juice. The company does not use concentrates, chemicals, or added water.…
As a result of achieving our Salsa Accreditation, a food safety standard, granted to suppliers who can demonstrate to an auditor they can produce safe and legal food, we are now listed in Sainsbury Stores NI. Our Medium, Blossom Burst and Rhubarb & Honey Ciders were launched on 2nd May 2018 just in time for the summer months!…
Celebrate a tasty feast of Armagh cuisine combined with the best of local Cider this harvest season.
In collaboration with the Food Heartland Hospitality Forum and local businesses, diners and craft brew enthusiasts will have the opportunity to sample local hospitality at its best through a variety of events to delight the senses, including:
- A Night in the Orchards
- Food Tours & Trails
- Urban Orchard, Food & Cider Market
- Sundown Food Market
- Groucho’s @ the Orchards
- Pairing Under the Stars
- Harvest Supper & Concert
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What a fun filled weekend we had on Long Meadow Farm!
Thank you to all our visitors who called to enjoy the orchard tours, treasure hunt, arts and crafts, horticulture, chalk wall, bubble tray, face painting and all the other activities.
Thanks also to Simply Irrestible for the catering, to Braemar Farm for the ice cream and Passion Preserved and Apple Blossom Bakery for supplying all the delicious apple products, they were all a great addition to the weekend.
Thanks also to Rebecca from Purple Rain for all her hard work in organising such an event, it’s great to have such back up support.
Here is a selection of photographs that were taken over the weekend and hopefully we’ll see you all again next year.
George Best Belfast City Airport has announced that a cider product from Portadown has been crowned the winner of a competition offering one local food and drink producer £30,000 of marketing support and brand visibility at the airport.
Long Meadow Blossom Burst Cider has beaten nine other local products in a final tasting session at Belfast City Airport which included a panel of food and drink experts headed by Charles Campion, one of the UK’s most high-profile food critics.
The competition, launched in partnership with Food NI and local councils in January to find the ‘Best’ local food and drink product, offered the prize of £20,000 of branding on site at Belfast City Airport and £10,000 of online support through the airport’s digital channels.
Joining Charles on the tasting panel for the final shortlisted 10 products were Joanne Deighan, Commercial Manager at Belfast City Airport, Michele Shirlow, CEO of Food NI, and food and beverage expert Charlie Kerlin, Director of Corporate Finance at Grant Thornton.
The tasting session was the final stage of the competition, which also involved a detailed application process and a two-week social media competition.
Joanne Deighan, Commercial Manager at Belfast City Airport, said:
“We are delighted to announce that Long Meadow Blossom Burst Cider has been crowned Northern Ireland’s ‘Best’ local food and drink product and will receive the fantastic prize of £30,000 of marketing support at Belfast City Airport.
“Over 2.67 million passengers from across the world travel through the airport each year and to receive this amount of exposure will help significantly elevate the profile of Long Meadow Blossom Burst Cider to an international level.”
Long Meadow Cider is owned by husband and wife, Pat and Catherine McKeever. Managing Director Pat commented:
“We are totally overwhelmed to win this fantastic prize and would like to say a huge thank-you to the organisers. To just make the final shortlist was a massive achievement in itself, and to be named winner amongst such strong competition is a major honour.
“The marketing prize and the brand exposure we will receive through Belfast City Airport will have a phenomenal impact on our business. We are a family firm that is extremely passionate about what we do and this prize will help take our product to another level.”
Michele Shirlow, CEO of Food NI, said:
“Huge congratulations to our winner, Long Meadow Blossom Burst Cider, and also to our nine incredible finalists, each of whom has done exceptionally well to reach this stage of the competition.…
Congratulations to all the passionate producers involved in the final and thanks so much folks for all your help and support we couldn’t have done it without you all!
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What a couple of weeks it’s been!!
We entered our Blossom Burst Cider (An elegant, mellow craft cider bubbling with notes of sweet orchard fruit giving it a persistent, rich zest) for the Belfast City Airport Competition with Food NI.
This competition offered a fabulous prize of £30K of free marketing support and brand visibility at the airport. We were shortlisted alongside other great food and drink producers from various council areas to take part in the next stage of the competition.
A product image from each producer shortlisted was uploaded onto the Belfast City Airport page, those producers who received the most likes for their product would be entered for the final stage of the competition – a tasting session hosted by the airport with a panel of food and drink experts.
We are delighted to announce we have reached the final stage receiving over 2K votes. This is all down to the support and help from family, friends, customers and everyone who liked, tagged and shared our Long Meadow Cider Blossom Burst image.
The comments we received kept us determined to keep the campaign going, here is a small selection:
Mike McKee – “The McKeever family sum up the true essence and spirit of what is great about Northern Ireland Producers.”
Karen Douglas – “Fantastic product from a lovely family.”
Aodhan Connolly – “Congratulations to Pat & family for not only a cider to be proud of but a cider worth drinking.”
Rachel Hamill – “Good luck LMC worthy winners by faaaaaaaar.”
Jordan McCooe – “Best cider on the market in my opinion. Totally blows away conventional brands.”
Elaine Sterritt – “Beautiful crisp cider, can’t beat it in a pint with ice, good luck guys well deserved finalists.”
Kevin McAllister – “Family business with great tradition, award winning Long Meadow Cider to relax and enjoy with every drop pure quality!”
Keith McCarter – “Good luck Pat – I know the effort and passion you guys have put into the brand and the contents.”
Emmett Murphy – “Top notch product from Armagh.”
Sinead O’Neill – “An amazing product.”
Amanda Henderson – “Good luck, tasty stuff, pure to the core.”
Sinead McDowell – “Exquisite cider.”
So major thanks to you all for your continued support, without which this would not have been possible.
May is a beautiful busy month, the blossom is out in full force and the bees are working their magic.…