Northern Ireland's PREMIER food, drink, retail and hospitality event.

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World Butcher's Challenge Timetable 2018

Meat@IFEX Arena

Meat@IFEX, in partnership with Butchery Excellence International (Ireland),  hosted the World Butchers’ Challenge. 12 talented and passionate countries competed giving us the best battle of the butchers!

Independent judges, one from each competing country, scored the teams based on butchery skill, workmanship, product innovation, overall finish and presentation.

Northern Ireland’s best cooks also sharpened their knives on the third day of the event as the Meat@IFEX arena also played host to Salon Culinaire’s Larder Knife Skills challenge.

The timetable from 2018

Tuesday 20th March 2018

The World Champion Young Butcher & Apprentice

Introduction to Competitors

7:30 - 8:00

World Apprentice Butcher Competition

8:00 - 10:00

Judging, Product Cooking & Viewing

10:00 - 10:45

Introduction to Competitors

12:00 - 12:30

World Young Butcher Competition

12:30 - 14:30

Judging, Product Cooking & Viewing

14:30 - 15:45


Wednesday 21st March

The World Butchers’ Challenge Finals

Introduction of Teams for Heat One

7:00 - 7:30

Heat One

7:30- 10:45

Judging & Viewing of Displays

10:45 - 11:45

Introduction of Teams for Heat Two

13:30 - 14:00

Heat Two

14:00 - 17:15

Judging & Viewing of Displays

17.15 – 18.00


Thursday 22nd March

Meat@IFEX Showcase

Larder Knife Skills Live Event
Supported by Department for the Economy 

11:00 - 11:45

World Skills Butchery Showcase
Supported By Southern Regional College

12:30 - 13:15

Butchery Excellence Ireland Internship

13:45 - 14:15

The Northern Ireland Calorie Wise Awards
Sponsored by the Food Standard Agency NI

11:25 - 12:10

World Butchers Challenge Announcements

14:15 - 15:15

Awards

15:15

Opening Times

 Sunday 24 March  10am – 6pm
 Monday 25 March  10am – 6pm
 Tuesday 26 March  10am – 4pm

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