A brand new food and drink festival offering 'a taste of Belfast' over three days in the city's Cathedral Quarter
DatesFriday, 23 March 2018 to Sunday, 25 March 2018
BelFeast – a new three-day food and drink festival from the team that brought you Culture Night Belfast - will be tickling your tastebuds and more from March 23-25.
Across the weekend organisers promise 'a taste of Belfast' that will have visitors and residents asking for more.
The event will boost Belfast’s reputation as a top food and drink destination by showcasing the finest in local produce, the skills of local chefs, and the best of local restaurants, cafes and bars.
The foodie festival with a twist is based around the Cathedral Quarter and is being complemented by an entertainment programme that includes live music performances, street artists, tours, workshops, and talks as well as an artisan street market and street food village.
BelFeast is funded by Belfast City Council and sponsored by Destination CQ BID. It is being delivered by the team behind Culture Night in collaboration with Food NI and supported by local producers and the wider hospitality industry. Tickets for all the events can be purchased from individual venues.
Lord Mayor, Nuala McAllister, said: 'BelFeast will be a fun experience for everyone, and boost our reputation as a food destination. Lonely Planet 2018 has already named us as one of the best places to visit and a big reason for that is our food culture.
'BelFeast will shine a spotlight on Northern Ireland’s outstanding food and drinks industry from the farmers and artisan producers who offer a dazzling variety of choice, to the restaurants and chefs who combine local ingredients to create mouth-watering meals and memorable dining experiences.'
The festival will bring the streets and spaces of the Cathedral Quarter to life with special events like an artisan food market and street food village. For those interested in learning more about local produce and how to use it, there’ll be tours, talks and workshops.
Meanwhile the BelFeast Food Theatre sessions at The Mac will feature mouth watering demonstrations and great chat from some of the finest chefs around -Danny Millar and Niall McKenna - as well as food writers and creators in Northern Ireland, hosted by the one and only Kim Lenaghan.
Gareth Neill Destination CQ BID Manager said: 'BelFeast promises to be a fresh and exciting addition to Belfast’s rapidly expanding menu of world class fare sure to tempt visitors from near and far to sample a taste of Northern Ireland and the Cathedral Quarter.'
Thousands of people are expected in the city centre to enjoy the foodie festival and more information on the festival programme is available at www.belfastcity.gov.uk/belfeast where a downloadable programme is available. Tickets are purchased directly from venues.