NI Food Tours
Breadmaking in County Down
On the shores of Strangford Lough deep within County Down is a delightful cookery experience where you can relax in a local home, taste an array of sweet and savoury treats, and get your own hands floury as you replicate local delicacies. Tracey Jeffery has opened up her beautiful thatched barn and garden and created a hands-on activity that's deal for families and small groups hoping to get a taste of the local scene..
OUpon arriving at this beautiful setting you will be lavished with a gargantuan feast of breads, scones, cakes and traybakes which will leave you not needing to eat for the next two days. The people of Northern Ireland have a bit of an obsession with bread and any self-respecting traditional breakfast will come with a choice of at least two from soda bread, wheaten bread, potato farl or the purposely burnt Belfast Bap. Traybakes - simply a large cake divided into smaller squares but with a variety of different flavours and fillings - are another delicacy synonymous with this area.
After the welcome feed with coffee and tea, the group will be invited up to the kitchen to have a go at baking something like a soda bread and will come away with a temporary souvenir which, depending on the level of success, may make it back to the hotel or be shared with a local duck colony along the way. This is all very laid back and there's no pressure to be an expert straightaway. Tracey is very friendly and is there for a chat as well as for the baking.
A car will be needed for this activity as it really is in the middle of nowhere. However, only 45 minutes down the road from Belfast it's perfect for a half day out or a stop en-route from Dublin to Belfast or vice versa. This could also be just one stop in a exploration of County Down - an area which can still definitely be counted as off-the-beaten-path. Other attractive attractions locally include the brooding Mourne Mountains, seaside resort of Newcastle and Castle Ward of Game of Thrones fame.
Public sessions are intermittent but private ones can also be organised for groups and the larger the group the more cost effective it is. At around £50.00 per person for a these are premium experiences but at two and a half hours and featuring a very good feed you get what you pay for. If your pockets are deeper then upon request you can get Tracey to design a bespoke culinary journey around County Down and Belfast.