Local chef Paula McIntyre will be celebrating Northern Ireland’s Year of Food & Drink at St. George’s Market this Friday by cooking up traditional soda bread for the public to enjoy – for free!

Paula is returning to the market with the Henderson Group, the local company whose wholesale roots were established at the Market over 100 years ago, in the early 1900s.

SPAR IRISH SODA BREAD GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF

John Henderson started selling locally sourced butter, cheese and eggs from his market stall in 1897, and moved from his premises on Royal Avenue to the traditional covered markets of St. George’s alongside many other wholesale dealers a few years later.

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John Henderson started selling locally sourced butter, cheese and eggs from his market stall in 1897

Almost 120 years later, Henderson Wholesale still prides itself on sourcing fresh, local produce from farmers, growers and suppliers on the island of Ireland, primarily in Northern Ireland.

Today, 75% of Henderson’s fresh produce is sourced here and sold through the Spar, Eurospar, Vivo and Vivoxtra brands that the Henderson Group owns in Northern Ireland.

Paula will be griddling three types of soda on Friday 25 March from 10-11am including treacle, currant and traditional soda bread topped with local butter and cheese.

Henderson Group Chairman, John Agnew returned to St. George’s Market with Food NI’s Lucy Cairns recently, where the his Grandfather, John Henderson ran the wholesale business in the early 1900s. To mark the ‘Heritage and Traditions’ month of the Year of Food & Drink, Paula McIntyre will be celebrating the company’s history with Mr Agnew at the Market on Friday 25th March from 10am, by cooking up local food suppliers’ produce for visitors to sample

Henderson Group Chairman, John Agnew returned to St. George’s Market with Food NI’s Lucy Cairns recently, where the his Grandfather, John Henderson ran the wholesale business in the early 1900s

Paula commented: “Henderson’s is a huge supporter of local food suppliers and I am delighted to be part of this one-off event, celebrating their heritage in Northern Ireland alongside the fabulous traditions and heritage of our local food. I look forward to cooking up some recipes for market visitors to sample, using our fantastic local ingredients alongside enjoy local eggs collected in Ballymena by Ballygarvey Eggs and enjoy local cheese and butter from Dale Farm.”

To learn more about the Henderson Group’s history, visit henderson-group.com. Visitors to St. George’s Market on Friday 25 March can sample local food from Paula McIntyre from 10am – 11am.

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