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EB Gas Services Set to Exhibit at IFEX 2024

EB Gas Services Set to Exhibit at IFEX 2024

WITH just weeks to go until IFEX 2024 opens its doors, EB Gas Services, specialising in complete catering solutions, has confirmed its attendance as an exhibitor at Northern Ireland’s largest foodservice and hospitality trade event, which is returning to the Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast from 5th – 7th March.

Expected to welcome thousands of visitors across three days, IFEX 2024 will serve up the latest innovations for the sector as well as showcasing a number of features including Salon Culinaire Belfast, the Great Taste Market, the Northern Ireland Hospitality Core Skills Hub and new attractions such as the IFEX Coffee Festival, the Spotlight Stage and Masters Arena to name but a few.

We will be showcasing our wide array of products and services to fulfil all your catering requirements including sales, design, installation, service and full equipment fit-out. We are authorised agents for leading leading industry brands including Kiremko, QBTEC, Combisteel, Ecofrost and AS Term Pizza Ovens all of which will be on display at our stand.

IFEX 2024 is also returning with a wealth of industry support including, Hospitality Ulster, the Federation of Small Business (FSBNI), Retail NI, NI Hotels Federation, the Guild of Fine Food, Chef Network and the Northern Ireland Takeaway Association.

If you are in the hospitality, retail or foodservice industry, IFEX is a must-attend event for networking opportunities, award-winning products and getting up close and personal with chefs who are on top of their game.

We will be there across the three-day and look forward to welcoming you at our stand – No D31.

IFEX 2024 is taking place from Tuesday 5th March to Thursday 7th March at the TEC, Belfast. The show opens daily at 10am and runs until 6pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, and to 4pm on Thursday. 

Register today for free at: or visit: to see what’s on across the three days.

EB Gas at the NI Fish & Chip Shop Awards 2022

EB Gas at the NI Fish & Chip Shop Awards 2022

The 3rd Annual NI Fish and Chip Shop Awards brought to you by AB Events, in association with SmartPay NI and EB Gas Services, took place on 27th June at the prestigious Europa Hotel, Belfast, hosted and presented by the fabulous Pete Snodden from Cool FM.

Bringing over 500 entries across 13 different categories, those who made it to the finals at the Europa had been nominated via public votes before being judged by 3 mystery shoppers who scored the qualifying chip shops on their food, customer service and overall appearance of shop/displays/menus.

The most anticipated night of the year in the Chip Shop Calendar saw over 100 different chip shops covering the 5 counties whose achievements to the chip shop industry had taken them to the finals! That alone allocated huge applause at the massive awards event for the finalists in each of the 13 categories.

A well-deserved night out for all the finalists who worked hard over the last 2 crazy years of Covid, supplying families with their loved fish suppers and takeaway favourites, to be honoured for delivering such an invaluable service during those terrible times!

Almost 500 guests filled the hotel awaiting the winners being announced, and one of the special new categories on the night was in memory of the late Barry O’Kane, renowned for his top-selling title Big Buzz Magazine which along with his wife Jenny they established back in 1992, Barry and Jenny also went on to run the first ever celebrity awards to be held in Northern Ireland, Big Buzz Irish Entertainment Awards, where they enjoyed success for almost 20 years and added Battered Magazine to their list of publications, a speciality trade magazine for the Fish and Chip Shop Industry. As a result of trade response to Battered Magazine, they went on to create the first-ever Chip Shop Awards, established back in 2008…

To honour Barry for his hard work and devotion to the NI Chip Shop Industry, his daughter Aine O’Kane of AB Events entered a new category in his memory. The Barry O’Kane Award for Lifetime Achievement to the Fish and Chip Shop Industry, and the first, highly honoured recipient of this aptly titled award is the talented Alan Hannah for his dedication and work over many years, not only to his own award-winning chip shop, The Pitstop in Kilkeel but also for his hard work and commitment to the Fish Friers Association in Northern Ireland before his retirement.

The other highly anticipated category of the evening was the wait for the EB Gas Services Overall Best Fish and Chips Shop 2022 Winner! This category went to the well-appraised Fryday’s Chippy, Clady where the entire team were ecstatic to receive their award presented to them by the amazing Stuart Robinson of Cool FM / Downtown Radio.

And the winners are!!

The full list of winners on the night were…

The Lick Gelato Award for Best Fish and Chip Shop in County Londonderry – Chipmonger’s, Portstewart

The Phat Burger Award for Best Chain of Chip Shops – McCann’s Traditional Fish and Chips, Newcastle

The Loaded Street Food Ltd Award for Best Fish and Chip Shop in County Tyrone – Joe’s Traditional Fish and Chips, Sion Mills

The Oggies Dessert Bar Award for Best Fish and Chip Shop in County Down – Molloy’s Fish and Chips, Downpatrick

The Easipay NI Award for Best Fish and Chip Shop in County Armagh – Roadhouse Takeaway, Portadown

The Podium Orders Award for Best Catering Van/Trailer – The Catch, Kilkeel

The Pizza Guyz  Award for Best Fish and  Chip Shop in Belfast – Catch 2o2 Fish and Chips, Belfast

The Smartpay NI Award for Best Fish and Chip Shop in County Fermanagh – Stef’s Fish and Chips, Enniskillen

The EB Gas Services Award for Best Chip Shop in County Antrim – Fryday’s Chippy, Clady

The Sinley Chinese Award for Best Sit in Fish and Chip Shop – Doc’s Fish and Chips, Newcastle

The EB Gas Award for Best Overall Fish and Chip Shop – Fryday’s Chippy, Clady

The Barry O’Kane Award for Lifetime Achievement to the Fish and Chip Shop Industry  – Alan Hanna

The Smartpay NI Award for Best Fish and Chip Shop Menu Selection – Roadhouse Takeaway, Portadown

The Taste of New York Award for Best Customer Service – The Galley, Annalong

EB Gas Services are delighted to sponsor the NI Fish & Chip Shop Awards 2022


EB Gas Services are delighted to announce we are one of the main sponsors of the NI Fish & Chip Shop Awards 2022.

The NI Fish & Chip Shop Awards is an annual event that recognises the achievements of the best fish and chip shops across Belfast & Northern Ireland. The prestigious awards will be taking place at The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast on Monday, 25th of April and as a main supplier for fish and chip shops throughout Northern Ireland, we can’t wait to attend the event and catch up with all of our customers.

Some of the awards up for grabs on the night include:

  • Best Fish & Chip Shop (Overall)
  • Best Fish & Chip Shop Regionally (Belfast, Co. Antrim, Co. Armagh, Co. Derry, Co.Down, Co. Tyrone, Co. Fermanagh)
  • Best Newcomer
  • Best Menu
  • Best App
  • Best Catering Van
  • Lifetime Achievement Award

Rodney Marks, Equipment Sales Manager at EB Gas, said:

“We are delighted to be sponsoring the awards again this year and everyone at EB Gas Services would like to wish the best of luck to all of the participating shops, we can’t wait to see you all on the night!”

You can vote for your favourite fish and chip shop by clicking the link below and registering your vote, voting opens on 14th February and closes on 11th March with winners announced on the night.

You can keep up-to-date with all the latest news on the NI Fish & Chip Shop Awards 2022 at their official website and Facebook page.

Some pictures from previous awards.