Northern Ireland Food & Dining Out

Food & Dining

This is the tastiest time to visit Northern Ireland - a great destination for lovers of good food and drink and the Year of Food and Drink 2016 will be a celebration of everything that makes the produce from this place so good.

We craft, grow, breed, catch, cook and enjoy the finest, freshest food thanks to our rich land and dedicated hands, which makes for a truly delicious experience. 

Our beef, lamb, game, seafood, dairy produce, fruit and vegetables are among the best in the world, and the region is gaining renown for the reputation of its local producers.  With award-winning contemporary city restaurants in Belfast and the City of Derry, effervescent sea-front restaurants along the Causeway Coastal Route, snug seafood bars at the foot of the Mourne Mountains, cookery courses in the heart of Fermanagh Lakelands, and hearty pub grub in the beautiful rural spots - we have it all. Read on to learn more about Food in Northern Ireland. 

Hillsborough Oyster Festival

Hillsborough International Oyster Festival

30 August - 04 September, Co Down

Recognised as one of Northern Ireland’s landmark events, the Hillsborough International Oyster Festival returns for its 24th year and runs from Tuesday 30th August to Sunday 4th September 2016.


Belfast Carnival Village

25 June, Belfast

Belfast Carnival Village is a Carnival Arts event in Belfast with a different type of audience experience. From street theatre and workshops to family fun & games its a fantastic event for all the family to enjoy.

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Moira Calling

03 September - 10 September, Co Armagh

Brown Lemonade NI is delighted to present Moira Calling – a one day music festival based in Moira, Co Armagh on Saturday 10th September 2016. Headliners are Dublin duo Hudson Taylor – famous indie group from Dublin.

Ballycastle Food Tour

Ballycastle Food Tour

05 May - 02 July, Co Antrim

Ballycastle and North Coast Tours walking and eating tour focusing on the town's varied cultural history and local food producers.


The Irish Game Fair and Fine Food Festival

25 June - 26 June, Co Antrim

The Irish Game Fair & Fine Food Festival is a two-day extravaganza of country living with family entertainment, living history, countrysports activities and competitions, arena programme, interactive displays and a tented village. Dogs welcome!

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Northern Ireland Open at Galgorm Castle

27 July - 31 July, Co Antrim

The Northern Ireland Open is Northern Ireland’s annual professional golf tournament and is a FREE to enter event.

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Moira Speciality Food Fair 2016

20 August, Co Armagh

Speciality Food Fair will showcase Northern Ireland’s Food culture with a day of Food and Fun.
Moira Demesne will once again play host to the Speciality Food Fair on Saturday 20th August.

The Somme Remembered

The Somme Remembered

30 June - 02 July, Co Antrim

World War I Living History event to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. The public will get a sense of the life and times of war, with re-enactments, a field hospital and war-time kitchen plus family fun activities.

Maiden of the Mournes International Festival

Maiden of the Mournes International Festival

07 August - 14 August, Co Down

During this week-long festival we have lots of exciting events for everyone to enjoy including children’s workshops, dog shows and nightly music and entertainment as well as the crowning ceremony for the 2016 Maiden of the Mournes.


Comber Earlies Food Festival

25 June, Belfast

The event which is part of The Council's NI Year of Food and Drink programme will have lots of delicious food on offer.

Come along and sample the world famous Comber Earlies or some delicious locally produced food from the artisan Food Fair.

Deanes at Queens

Deanes at Queens


With it's glorious Terrace, Deanes at Queens is taking full advantage of its enviable leafy location overlooking the superb architecture of Methodist College. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner 6 days a week and is open for Sunday Lunch.

Browns Restaurant and Champagne Lounge

Browns Restaurant and Champagne Lounge


Browns Restaurant and Champagne lounge has become the first restaurant in Northern Ireland to be included in the prestigious "Ireland’s Blue Book" association of hotels and restaurants.




OX restaurant offers relaxed dining overlooking the River Lagan and within walking distance of the Belfast Waterfront, St Georges Market and Odyssey Arena.

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Mitre Restaurant

Co Down

The Mitre Restaurant remains one of the finest restaurants in Northern Ireland where guests enjoy food prepared by Paul McKnight, one of the country's leading chefs. It has received many coveted accolades, including an AA Rosette.


The Cuan Restaurant

Co Down

The success of The Cuan has been built on consistently serving excellent food and drink coupled with exceptional customer service. A strong emphasis is placed on using fresh ingredients and sourcing our produce locally. Stay over in our bedrooms.

Balloo House

Balloo House

Co Down

Balloo House is a beautiful country pub and restaurant that successfully combines history, tradition and comfort with a forward thinking attitude and passion for excellence in food.

The Boat House

The Boat House

Co Down

Ideally located on Bangor's Quay Street, between the Old Tower and the Yachts of Bangor Marina, the name gives away the building's past - this former boat house retains much of its historical charm, with an interior tastefully decorated.

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The Poacher’s Pocket

Co Down

Originally established in the 1800’s as an old coaching inn, The Poacher’s Pocket is situated in the heart of picturesque County Down.

Food News & Updates

Useful Links

Northern Ireland Year of Food and Drink

Gluten Free Ireland Directory