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City Hall Gets a Taste of Belfast this weekend!




Belfast City Hall is set to give visitors the perfect ‘taste of Belfast’ as it prepares to host ‘Taste and Dine at City Hall’ on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th October as part of Belfast Restaurant Week.

The two-day event, which will see the grounds of City Hall transformed into a mini food city, will be hosted by Celebrity Masterchef finalist, writer and broadcaster, Hardeep Singh Kohli on Saturday 5th October and local broadcaster Emma Louise Johnston on Sunday 6th October.

Taste and Dine is free to attend and will open from 11.30am until 7pm, giving visitors the opportunity to sample fantastic local produce and meet some of the heroes behind Belfast’s growing restaurant scene.  The outdoor event will also officially launch Belfast Restaurant Week, which runs from the 5th– 12th October across the city.

As well as welcoming Hardeep Singh Kohli, who will preside over a plethora of pop-ups, chef demos and producer stalls, the food-lovers event will include samples from Posh Nosh’s SS Nomadic menu; a serving of Ramada Encore’s popular ‘slider’ sandwiches; and tempting super seafood chowder from Harlem Café.

James Street South will also serve up heavenly hot dogs, while Molly’s Yard’s stout-braised belly bites will be anointed with the Hilden Brewery’s amber nectar. Indian food with local ingredients will come courtesy of SAFA and The Raj, while Tony Roma’s will prepare the ribs everyone loves. Treats have also been lined up from Ten Square, AM PM and Refresh Café.

The boys from Broughgammon Farm will demonstrate delicious goat meat recipes with Hardeep Singh Kohli. And Harnett’s hemp and rapeseed oils will be on hand to show you how to use their oils for everything from dunking to dressings. For those with a sweeter tooth, Little Treat’s cake pops and Glastry Farm’s ice-cream will provide the perfect sugar rush.

Lord Mayor of Belfast, Mairtin O’Muilleoir, said:

“Belfast’s food scene has much to be proud of, from fantastic local producers, an amazing choice of restaurants and talented chefs. Belfast Restaurant Week is the perfect opportunity to celebrate all that is great about the local restaurant industry and I’m delighted that City Hall will kick things off by hosting the opening event,Taste and Dine. I’m looking forward to welcoming many talented chefs and food producers to the grounds of City Hall and have no doubt it will provide the perfect taster of what’s to come throughout Belfast Restaurant Week.”

More than 80 restaurants, cafés and gastro-pubs have put their names to this year’s Belfast Restaurant Week – a major city-wide initiative which promises an action-packed itinerary of food-focused events, special menus and offers to promote and champion Belfast’s vibrant, diverse and award-winning restaurant scene.

Other specially-arranged events taking place in participating restaurants include food and wine tastings, tasty treat giveaways, cookery demonstrations and celebrity chef cook-offs.

Belfast Restaurant Week, now in its second year, is part of a dedicated tourism development initiative by Belfast City Council and Visit Belfast. Belfast Restaurant Week is also supported by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.

For more information and the latest event details visit www.visit-belfast.com/food

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