Chef - Robert Curley
Slemish Market Supper club is a fantastic pop up dining experience, showcasing the fabulous produce available from Slemish Market Garden and the surrounding area.
Hosted in a different venue around Ballymena, the Glens of Antrim and Northern Ireland every month, award-winning chef Rob Curley oversees the creation of a mouth-watering six-course meal for diners to experience. Each dish features produce selected for quality and taste from local suppliers which are combined to demonstrate the high level of food on the doorstep.
Featured in DiscoverNI and Discover Ireland’s ‘Taste the Island – a Celebration of our Food and Drink’, every ingredient is selected to allow tourists from outside the region to experience our food and traditions of the sea, rivers, lakes and lands which is important to the area’s gastronomy.
Slemish Market Garden is renowned for its extensive range of fresh, flavourful produce and Chef Rob sources his ingredients from them and other local suppliers to create dishes for the supper club of surprisingly high quality from simple, humble ingredients. Each Slemish Market Supper Club can take up to a week to prepare, from locally sourced produce such as Antrim potatoes, Lough Neagh Pollan and seaweed from Rathlin Island and Carnlough.
The bespoke menu consists of a drink, wee bite, starter, fish course, meat course and dessert and changes each time to make the most of regional and seasonal produce. Lasting
up to three hours, diners sit together around a long table giving them the opportunity to meet new people as well as enjoy fabulous food and drink.
For Chef Rob, the aim of the dishes on the Slemish Market Supper Club is for each plate to tell a story. Every ingredient is chosen to paint a picture in the diner’s mind and spark their imagination as well as their palate, with Rob on hand to personally explain the dish, how it’s cooked, and the suppliers used.
Northern Ireland is renowned for its food and hospitality and the Slemish Market Supper Club combines these qualities in fun, creative and innovative dining extravaganzas throughout the year. With special events at Christmas, Easter and Valentine’s Day, Taste of Antrim and Attack of the Killer Bees theme nights, there’s something to suit everyone.