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.…
Join us at Long Meadow Farm for an Open Weekend on 17th & 18th June 2017!
Family day out opportunity to see a working apple farm in operation and of course cider tasting session for adults.
Many activities planned treasure hunt, orchard tours, children’s activities, refreshments and loads more! All will be revealed closer to the event.…
Check us out at the Northern Ireland Countrysports Fair at Scarvagh House, Scarva, Co. Armagh over the weekend of the 27th & 28th May 2017.
This superb two day festival showcases the very best in rural life and country living. With many attractions including Stunt Bike Displays, Equestrian Events, Crafts, Antiques, Artisan Foods, Country Clothing, Music, Dog Agility, Pet shows, Archery, Fishing and much more.…
Join us at the Twilight Market from 4pm – 11pm at St Georges Market in Belfast on 9th and 10th May 2017!
Visit our stall at St George’s Market, the last surviving Victorian covered market in Belfast, Northern Ireland. It is located on May Street, close to the River Lagan and the Waterfront Hall. Lots to see and do!…
Join us at Antrim Castle Gardens for Garden Show Ireland on 5th, 6th and 7th May 2017!
Enjoy a day out with family and friends, soak up the atmosphere, make all your garden purchases, listen to the Jazz with a glass of wine, indulge in cream teas, enjoy the artisan foods and browse among the local crafts whilst the kids have a lot of fun!…