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BelFeast: A brand new food festival for Belfast takes place this weekend

There's some great things happening with food in Northern Ireland

BelFeast – the Belfast food festival – takes place this coming weekend.

March 23-25 sees the Cathedral Quarter in Belfast, Northern Ireland, transform into a haven for food lovers.

This is a new three day food and drink festival for Belfast. It’s aim, to showcase everything great about the local food and drinks industry, with support in the mix from Food NI. Local restaurants, cafés and bars are all involved along with some of the finest chefs, food writers and creators in the UK.

It gives a platform to both emerging and established stars of the local food industry. On top of it all, there’s a good layer of entertainment from the local arts and culture scene.

Some of those involved in 2018's inaugural BelFeast. Photo: @mournefishbox/Twitter
Some of those involved in 2018’s inaugural BelFeast. Photo: @mournefishbox/Twitter

At the time of its launch, Belfast Lord Mayor Nuala McAllister was quoted as saying the festival “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.”

“BelFeast will shine a spotlight on Northern Ireland’s outstanding food and drinks industry from the farmers and artisan producers who offer a dazzling variety of choice, to the restaurants and chefs who combine local ingredients to create mouth-watering meals and memorable dining experiences.”

What’s happening at BelFeast?

The food market and hub will be set up by St. Anne’s Cathedral mixing over 40 producers and street food vendors for the weekend. Check the links below for the full list of vendors.

From the best of Belfast brunching, to seasonal eating, fish made simple to the magic of meat, there’s plenty of demos at The MAC over the weekend.

Events at BelFeast 2018

Check out the BelFeast programme here

When you’re done, check out belfastcity.gov.uk/belfeast or keep an eye on the #belfeast hashtag.

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