Top Food Experiences in Northern Ireland
With some top food events coming up over the next month, including the Belfast Restaurant Week, it's the perfect time to explore our top food experiences. Here are some of our top picks.
Upcoming Food Events
• Belfast Restaurant Week (5 - 12 October): This tasty celebration of Belfast's vibrant culinary scene returns for its second year. Highlights include cookery demonstrations and competitions, foodie walking and bus tours of the city, an Edwardian pop-up restaurant aboard the SS Nomadic and a masquerade event at Belfast City Hall with the chance to sample the best that local restaurants have to offer.
Also coming up: Bushmills Salmon and Whiskey Festival (20 - 22 September), Good Food Doesn't Cost the Earth! (13 October), and The Food & Drink Show Northern Ireland 2013 (25 - 27 October)
Premier Foodie Attractions
• St. George's Market: Enjoy the best food, tastes and smells brought by local producers at one of Belfast's oldest attractions. St. George's was built between 1890 and 1896 and is renowned for its fresh, local produce and great atmosphere. Accolades include being voted one of the top 10 markets in the UK (Guardian Travel, 2010). Highlights include fish landed at Portavogie, pork from Cookstown, beef from Armagh and local, organic vegetables. There are also continental and speciality foods.
• 'Titanic Menu' at Rayanne House: Savour this globally renowned 'Titanic Menu', a recreation of the dinner served to the 1st class passengers onboard the great Belfast-built ship. The opulent nine-course menu is served in a period dining room in this elegant Victorian guesthouse, with views of Belfast Lough from where Titanic sailed out.
Food Tours and Trails
• Mourne Foods Cycle Tour: Visit top local producers and eateries and sample their tasty foods, amongst the the breathtaking scenery of the Mourne Mountains. This self-guided trail is Northern Ireland's first food tour by bike!
• Belfast Bred Mobile App and Walking Tour: Discover Belfast’s fascinating food heritage and the high quality local produce available in the city today with your tour guide, Barney... a chef from RMS Titanic, defrosted after 100 years! The walking tour runs during the summer months with the chance to sample fayre from some of Belfast's culinary champions. The last 2013 date is Saturday 14th September.
See for Yourself and Cook Your Own
• Broighter Gold ÉCONOMUSÉE: Visit Broglasco Farm near Limavady, home of the award-winning Broighter Gold Rapeseed Oil. See the oilseed rape (grown on the field where the famous Broighter Gold hoard was found) transformed into a crystal clear golden liquid. Wander through the exhibition area and learn more about the inspiration behind the brand and the local restaurants that use it, then take home a bottle for yourself.
• Cookery Schools: Perfect ypur culinary skills in the company of experts at one of Northern Ireland's top cookery schools. There are unique specialities from seafood caught metres away from where it will be prepared, to classes in traditional home baking. You can even cook your own lunch!
Find out more about Food and Dining in Northern Ireland.