Chef Derek Patterson from The Plough Group, Moira, Hillsborough and Annahilt; Chef Stephen Jeffers, Forestside Cookery School, Castlereagh; Kellie McIlroy, The Speckled Hen, Hillsborough & Joe Webb, Pretty Mary’s, Moira team up with Councillor Uel Mackin, Chairman of the Development Committee, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council
  In celebration of the 2016 Year of Food and Drink for Northern Ireland, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council have announced Treat Week – a celebration of restaurants, cafes and gastropubs. Over 50 eateries will be cooking up a culinary storm from 29th October to 5th November across the council […]

Seven days of foodie celebrations announced across Lisburn & Castlereagh ...

Ciaran O’Neill, President of Northern Ireland Hotels Federation and Operator of Bishop’s Gate Hotel in Derry-Londonderry
  Michelin Stars, once achieved, are something every restaurant wants to hold on to. For many years Northern Ireland was in the Michelin wilderness until last year when Deane’s Belfast based, Eipic and Ox gained a star each. Both restaurants secured their stars for the coming year and at the […]

Star quality in the Hospitality Sector despite skills shortages

Pictured (l-r) are Marcus Robinson, Andrew Gibb Dr B’s Chef and Mentor, Rebecca Hayes, Katie Louise Ferguson, Shannon Topping and Tom Osborne Dr B’s Chef and Mentor
Dr B’s Kitchen in Belfast city centre, which is run by Barnardo’s to train young people with learning disabilities for a career in the catering industry, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Barnardo’s has also been marking its 150th anniversary throughout 2016. To mark both milestones Dr B’s Kitchen […]

Dr B’s Kitchen marks key milestones with Gourmet Night

Joining Titanic Belfast's Judith Owens and her team to launch the #VoteTitanicBelfast campaign are (l-r) Michael McQuillan, Tourism Northern Ireland, Gerry Lennon, Visit Belfast, Janice Gault, Northern Ireland Hotels Federation and representatives from the tourism sector including FlyBe, Aer Lingus, Hastings Hotels and James Street South.
  Cast your vote now and put your landmark on the map and make Titanic Belfast the WORLD’s leading tourist attraction. Already Europe’s official Leading Tourist Attraction, Northern Ireland’s Titanic Belfast is one of just eight global finalists in the shortlist to win the world title – but clinching the […]

Titanic Belfast needs your vote!

Solange Galan of Barton & Guestier.
On Thursday 29th September, Clayton Hotel Belfast in association with Woodford Bourne hosted a gourmet wine evening in the Olympic Suite. Woodford Bourne invited Solange Galan from Barton & Guestier to host the event. Solange travelled in from France as she is the Head of food & wine academy at […]

Clayton Belfast toasts to success with Barton & Guestier

Boatyard Gin has been launched by a new craft distillery in Northern Ireland which also has plans to produce Irish whiskey and vodka. The new gin – Northern Ireland’s fourth in the past five years, has been established at Enniskillen, county Fermanagh by three industry specialists. The gin is the […]

New Boatyard Gin launched in Northern Ireland

Fitzwilliam Hotel, Belfast
  The Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast and The Fitzwilliam Hotel Dublin have been named Business Hotel of the Year 2017 at The Georgina Campbell Awards. The Georgina Campbell Awards are Ireland’s longest running and most respected hospitality awards, seeking out the best in food and hospitality. They independently assess and award […]

Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast and Fitzwilliam Hotel Dublin win Business Hotel ...

  The wait is almost over as Belfast’s coolest new hotel gets ready to open its doors this weekend. As a series of first-look photographs show, Bullitt Belfast is a vibrant new concept that will provide a cool new space for people to work, play and stay in the heart […]

First Look: Sneak peek inside Belfast’s coolest new hotel, Bullitt

An image of the proposed Grand Central Hotel in Belfast which will be built on the old Windsor House site
By Janice Gault, Northern Ireland Hotels Federation We are living in very strange times with lots of unexpected developments. The Brexit referendum result came as a shock to many, but what has been even more surprising is the lack of a coherent exit plan. Even more bizarre is the recent […]

Hotel plans for Belfast are booming

Two star Michelin chef and Great British Menu judge Daniel Clifford.
This year’s Hospitality Exchange 2016 in Ramada Plaza, Belfast on the 18 and 19 October is set to serve up business insight, inspirational speakers and actionable ideas for those working in the hospitality sector. Janice Gault, chief executive, Northern Ireland Hotels Federation, discusses the conference programme which is complemented by […]

What’s on the menu at Hospitality Exchange 2016?

Current Miss NI Emma Carswell gets race ready ahead of the Festival.
With the Down Royal Festival of Racing on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th November just around the corner, the race is on for female racegoers to find the perfect Race Day outfit which could see them jetting off to Cape Town for the holiday of a lifetime. Open to all […]

Cape Town holiday awaits Best Dressed Lady at Down Royal

CMPR model Joy Ellis is pictured at the launch of West Coast Cooler Fashionweek.
Northern Ireland’s largest and most popular fashion event, West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK, returned for its 22nd season last month following a successful coming of age ‘21st’ seasonback in Spring. The event returns with its fashionable partnership between Belfast FASHIONWEEK and West Coast Cooler as well as a whole host of corporate […]

West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK returns over October 20-23

Pictured are Hazel Magill, head chef, and Stephen Meldrum,general manager of the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa.
Some of County Down’s finest food and drink artisanal producers will be at the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa, Newcastle on October 29th for the inaugural Slieve Donard Beer, Cider, Spirit and Cheese Festival. This fabulous new food and drink event, supported by both Newry, Mourne and Down District Council […]

Slieve Donard to host Beer, Cider, Spirit and Cheese Festival ...

Wine & Brine has gained a Bib Gourmand in the Michelin Guide 2017.
A Co Armagh restaurant is celebrating after it was awarded coveted Bib Gourmand status in the Michelin Guide 2017 published yesterday, while Belfast restaurants Ox and EIPIC retained their Michelin stars. Wine & Brine in Moira was awarded the listing for the first time – bringing to six the number […]

Wine & Brine gains Bib Gourmand in Michelin Guide 2017

Pictured are, back row, John Whyte (Armagh City Hotel), Simon Dougan (Yellow Door) and Steven Dick (Uluru) and, front row, Mervyn Steenson (Groucho’s), Gareth Reid (4 Vicars) and Liam McEvoy (Lean Supper Club).
A chef-led initiative has been established with the aim of turning the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon area into Northern Ireland’s premier foodie destination as a legacy of the 2016 Year of Food & Drink. Supported by Tourism NI, the chefs have teamed up to create a thriving Hospitality Forum as […]

Local chefs collaborate to create NI’s premier foodie destination

Launching the festival at the Armagh Public Library are chefs Gareth Reid (4 Vicars), Mark McGonigle (Uluru) and Sean Farnan (Moody Boar) with the Very Rev Gregory Dunstan, Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral and Cllr Garath Keating, Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon.
A five-day event-filled food and drink spectacular kicks off in Armagh tomorrow as Northern Ireland’s only Food & Cider Festival returns for a second year. Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, in collaboration with the Food Heartland Hospitality Forum and businesses across the area, promises that this year’s festival will pack […]

Armagh Food & Cider Festival returning over October 5-9

Jaclyn Coulter, Belfast International Airport Human Resources Manager
  Belfast International Airport is to hold a second Job Fair next Monday (10th Oct) with up to 100 new jobs being created across a range of airport businesses. Security firm, ICTS, is accounting for the bulk of the new jobs with thirty positions to fill. Caterers SSP has twenty-three […]

100 new posts on offer at second Airport Job Fair

Jägermeister, the UK’s number one speciality spirit, is unveiling a new look, modern bottle – the brand’s most significant change since it was created by Curt Mast. In addition to the new bottle shape, the iconic label has been updated with new artwork, designed to reflect the heritage and quality […]

Jägermeister crafts 
a brand new look