LCCC announce seasonal BBQing workshops with award-winning Smokin Yankee

November 7, 2019

Something a little different is lined up for Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s next event on its Food & Drink calendar, as tickets have just been released to an extremely unique seasonal ‘BBQ Sunday Social’ with all-Ireland BBQ Champion, Smokin Yankee Michael Duffy. The event is due to take place during the afternoon of Sunday 17th November in a beautiful countryside courtyard just outside Moira. 

Not only will guests have the pleasure of learning from Michael (aka the Smokin Yankee) about the best local, autumnal foods that are perfect for the BBQ, they will also have the opportunity to pick up some culinary tips from one of Northern Ireland’s Great British Chef’s, Chris Fearon. As we are in the midst of autumn, the masterclass will be celebrating the harvest with a feast enthused by the foods and flavours of our native land and inspired by the American harvest holiday, Thanksgiving.

Commenting on the upcoming BBQ Sunday Social, Vice-Chairman of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Development Committee Alderman Jim Dillon said, “We are very excited to incorporate this special event to our Food & Drink calendar this year, one that really is like none other. We automatically associate BBQing with long summer days, but the BBQ Sunday Social will celebrate the joys and simplicity of BBQing throughout the seasons.

“We are thrilled to have Moira based company, Great Outdoors BBQ on-board to host the event in their courtyard. The meats will be from their neighbour, internationally renowned Hannan Meats; and will be prepared by our BBQ champion and grilled to perfection for all to enjoy. We expect the tickets for this masterclass to go like hot cakes, so don’t miss out on an afternoon that promises great food and great company!”

Guests to the BBQ Sunday Social will have the opportunity to graze on delicious local delicacies straight from the grill and can expect a feast of meats, including Buchanan’s Bronze Free Range Turkey and Hannan’s Sugar Pit Chops, both Great Taste Award-winning products and tasters of the Smokin Yankees own Sausage. Also in attendance will be Hellbent, with their South African inspired spiced sausage, an ‘Irish Boerewor’, all served with seasonal sides including seasonal BBQed vegetables such as roasted maple parsnips, pumpkin pie, and much more!

“BBQing a wide range of local food is my passion and I am very excited to have been given the opportunity from Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council to take centre stage and host a masterclass that will hopefully encourage more and more people to BBQ throughout the seasons. If prepared and grilled correctly, BBQed food can be very versatile and can complement a wide variety of seasonal dishes which both Chris and I hope to share with guests at the masterclass in the coming weeks”, said Michael Duffy, the Smokin Yankee.

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