Meet the twin sisters behind NI's first grazing bar

Of all the social media trends to have taken off in recent years, the concept of 'grazing' on snacks and charcuterie appears to be here to stay. Back in 2019, twin sisters Rachel and Rebecca Vance from Lisburn decided to turn the trend into a business with the launch of RARE Grazing, born out of a combination of both their names with RA for Rachel and RE for Rebecca.

Having started in their home kitchen, the business now employs 11 people and works out of an industrial kitchen where the team have catered for everyone from the Clintons and Luke Combs to Rod Stewart and Lizzo.

Having seen grazing bars take off in America and London, the pair have decided to take their business to the next level with the launch of Northern Ireland's first grazing bar which they are hiring out for events.

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Speaking to Belfast Live, Rachel said: "We would always try and look to see what is trending and for a while we have been wanting to launch our own grazing bar. We are just so busy that we haven't had a chance then a family friend was able to make this for us quite quickly.

"We had a market coming up last Saturday and we felt that was the perfect time to launch it and from there it has had an amazing response on social media.

"We have had loads of inquiries about it because people are seeing that it would be great for summer parties and such."

Explaining the concept, Rachel said that the bar doesn't just have to be stocked with cheese and charcuterie, but that they could use it for everything from sweets to bubble tea.

"We would also do the likes of chocolate dipped strawberries so we could do one have savoury and the other sweet, it is so versatile."

Rebecca added: "One person in particular said that it is the answer to their wedding planning prayers. It is something new that people here haven't seen and visually it speaks for itself."

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