What constitutes the essential Ulster Fry? Competition heats up ahead of World Championships

Excitement is growing aheaed of the Ulster Fry World Championship which will take place in Donaghadee later this summer.

The first ever Ulster Fry World Championship was held last year by the Donaghadee Community Development Association as part of its annual Summer Festival and is set to return this year after its roaring success.

It was won last year by Steve McDonald of McKee's Farm Shop in Newtownards, with the award boosting the businesses profile as people were keen to make a visit to see just how good the world's best Ulster Fry really is.

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This year there has been even more interest in the competition, which will be held on Saturday, August 17, as part of Donaghadee's three day Ulster Scots Festival, with chefs from across the nine counties of Ulster preparing their enteries.

Two counties have even held their own local competition in order to put forward their county's best Ulster Fry.

Chairman of DCDA which organises the event Denis Waterworth said: “Last year’s event attracted widespread public attention and has encouraged chefs Province-wide to enter. We have been deliberately ambitious in making it a World Championship. Already the event has captured the interest of local chefs which gives us confidence it has the potential to grow into a much wider major attraction.”

Michele Shirlow, Chief Executive of FoodNI, is also enthusiastic about the competition “We are passionate about promoting the people behind food and drink from Northern Ireland. The Ulster Fry is very much part of the food scene across Ulster and it’s great to see it being promoted in this high profile way. Feedback from last year’s competition has been very positive and I am delighted to see the competition grow in popularity and reach.''

The competition is being supported by FoodNI, Ards and North Down Borough Council, South Eastern Regional College and will see Celebrity chef Jenny Bristow return as the overall judge.

Alongside the competition there will be a food market on both Friday and Saturday with local food producers keen to display their produce. In addition to acting as compere of the competition Jenny Bristow will be demonstrating how to make some mouthwatering dishes with an Ulster Scots flavour. Her demonstrations are being sponsored by local greengrocer Peter Wallace of Grattans in the town. Jenny Bristow is looking forward to the event saying: "I thoroughly enjoyed last year’s event. The standard was extremely high and I'm confident that this year’s event will be even more competitive."

Any chefs interested in competing should contact Alana Cassidy of FoodNI at alana@nigoodfood.com '

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