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What’s your flavour? MEA school ice cream competition winners announced!

Primary 4 pupil Layla Quigley from Buick Memorial Primary School and her classmates.

Primary school students across the Borough recently put their creative thinking and idea generation skills to the test by designing a delicious new flavour of ice cream as part of an exciting Global Entrepreneurship Week competition organised by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.


Global Entrepreneurship Week 2022 is taking place from 14 to 20 November, and this year Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has brought together a diverse programme of FREE events and activities aimed at promoting entrepreneurship, encouraging new start-ups, inspiring our business base and supporting sustainability and innovation.


325 entries were received from Primary 4 and 5 pupils from across the local area – with their entries also including a marketing poster to promote their fantastic new product. Following very stiff competition, two lucky winners were selected to have their flavour developed by two local ice-cream manufacturers.

Competition winner, Jonah, a pupil at the Model PS Carrickfergus along with GM Naomi Marcus, The Milk Parlour staff member, Becca and Christine Barnhill, MEA Economics Development Officer.


Pupils and staff from Carrickfergus Model PS along with staff from The Milk Parlour at Glenarm Castle and MEA Economic Development Officer, Christine Barnhill.

The two winners and their classmates were invited to visit the ice-cream parlours to taste their product and find out more about running an ice-cream business!


Carrickfergus Model Primary 4 pupil, Jonah Keys was selected as one of the winners.  Jonah and his class mates were invited to The Milk Parlour in Glenarm where Jonah’s winning entry ‘PBJ Crunch’ was made for all to try.  Jonah’s innovative ice cream - which featured crunchy peanut butter with a strawberry jelly swirl and toasted brioche pieces - was also designed for customers with allergies in mind - as he also wished to create a nut free version.

Competition winner, Layla enjoying her ice-cream.


Layla with her classmates gets a tasty treat from Stephen

Primary 4 pupil Layla Quigley from Buick Memorial Primary School was also joint winner with her creation of ‘Spooky Pumpkin Spice Delight’.  

Layla chose her winning flavour based on her favourite time of the year, with the hint of spice warming you up on a colder autumn night. Layla and her classmates were invited to Nugelato in Ballymena to try the exciting flavour and learn more about running an ice cream parlour.

Winner, Layla from Buick Memorial PS along with Stephen from Nugelato and Christine Barnhill (MEA).


A full list of Global Entrepreneurship Week events happening across Mid and East Antrim is available here:



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