Development & Alumni Relations Office 

WIN A FABULOUS HAMPER IN OUR EXCLUSIVE  SUMMER GRADUATION COMPETITION!Three giant wind turbines on a hill in a forest, with blue sky behind

19 July 2021

To celebrate summer graduation we are delighted to be partnering with Indie Fude (alumnus, Johnny McDowell's deli supplying artisan products from independent producers across the island of Ireland) in an exclusive competition for graduates from the class of 2021.

To enter, and be in with a chance of winning a graduation hamper full of goodies, we want you to share photos of your graduation celebrations with us on the Queen's Alumni Twitter group. Easy as that! Whether you're on campus in your gown, dining out with family or enjoying a drink (or two) with friends, whatever you're doing we want you to share your celebrations with us.

To get your hands (and teeth!) on this delicious hamper simply share your photo(s) on the Queen's Alumni Twitter feed at @QUBAlumni using #QUBGRAD21 by 5pm on 6 August 2021 (see Terms and Conditions below).

One lucky winner will receive the graduation hamper with three runners up winning a Class of 2021 hoodie and a pair of QFT cinema tickets.  Two further runners up will each receive a Class of 2021 hoodie.

The competition is free to enter and open to all graduates from the class of 2021. 

Having graduated from Queen's in 2000 with a Diploma in Accountancy, Johnny McDowell's career initially took him into banking and then the microfinance sectors. In 2015, he decided to change career path and follow his passion for food, launching Indie Fude, an online store featuring produce sourced entirely from small-batch producers throughout the island of Ireland. 

A year later he opened his first deli store in his home town of Comber. The shop has grown to now feature a larger store with a dedicated events space where the company hosts supper clubs and food demos to further promote local produce. More recently, the company have also opened a cheese shop on Ormeau Road in Belfast.  

Indie Fude also recently opened a cheese shopLate last year I went back to school, this time cheese school in England where I am continuing to learn how to make cheese and develop a recipe to produce my own cheese for the Indie Füde brand in 2021. The largest growth area fort the business in recent years has been their range of bespoke branded hampers, mainly for businesses throughout Northern Ireland. But they have also delivered as far afield as New Zealand, Japan and Australia!

Terms and Conditions

  • The free competition is open to summer graduates of the class of 2021; entries must be received by 5pm 6 August 2021
  • Entries can be made by sharing your photos on Twitter and tagging @QUBAlumni with #QUBGRAD21. The photo should show you celebrating graduation wherever you are and whatever you're doing.
  • Current Indie Fude employees and members of the DARO team at Queen’s University Belfast are not permitted to enter.
  • A judging panel will decide the winners based on the photo(s) deemed the most interesting / creative by the judging panel.
  • The judges’ decision will be final and there are no cash alternatives
  • Entrants must be willing for their picture to appear in post-competition publicity
  • Winning entries will be announced at the start of September

For further information, or queries relating to the Graduation Hamper competition please contact Queen's Alumni Engagement Officer Andy Nisbet Friel

For general enquiries about this story, or to submit graduate news items, please contact Gerry Power, Communications Officer, Development and Alumni Relations Office, Queen's University Belfast.

Main image courtesy of Indie Fude










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