A new three day food and drink festival is being launched in Belfast called BelFeast, which will take place during the weekend of 23th - 25th March 2018.
It aims to boost the city’s reputation for food and drink by showcasing local produce, the skills of local chefs and the best of local restaurants, cafes and bars. The foodie festival, based around the Cathedral Quarter, 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.
“The festival will also celebrate the unique role that food plays in our lives, encouraging people of all ages to get involved and learn more about what they eat and where it comes from.”
There will be an artisan food market and street food village as well as tours, talks and workshops. The BelFeast Food Theatre at Mac will feature demonstrations from chefs, food writers and creators in Northern Ireland as well as showcasing some of the emerging stars of the local food industry.
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.”
Speaking about the event, Michele Shirlow, Chief Executive of Food NI, said: “We are delighted that Belfast City Council is holding such a fantastic event that showcases local food and drink. Northern Ireland has a wealth of award winning producers and chefs who are passionate and dedicated to their craft and this event brings some of the best offerings together at one event. This is definitely a date to add to the food lover’s calendar.”
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.