2016 – Year of Food and Drink in Northern Ireland

2016 will see Northern Ireland celebrate its fantastic Year of Food and Drink. Epic landscapes, time-honoured traditions, people and producers make our food heritage wonderfully unique. Thanks to wild coasts, endless green acres and famously fickle weather, Northern Ireland is producing some of the world’s finest and freshest ingredients – from iconic breads to seafood, spirits and meat – all on Belfast’s doorstep.

With 366 days of foodie experiences, there’s no better time for visitors to enjoy a true taste of Northern Ireland. Each month has a different foodie theme to enjoy.  With goings-on galore, there’s no better time to enjoy a gastronomic break in Belfast.
Craft beers are taking the brewing world – and Belfast – by storm. So join other beer lovers in sampling the delicious wares of local microbreweries and small-scale producers. Check out the Woodworkers, offering six rotating taps of craft beer, served in a range of sizes from 7oz taster glasses to 2 litre ‘growlers’. Brew your own beer using a smartphone app at Brewbot Belfast or choose from their 10 rotating taps or menu of 100 bottled beers. Lisburn’s Hilden Brewery has been creating some of the finest quality craft beers for 35 years. Enjoy one of their collection at many bars across the city or visit the brewery for a tour to learn the craft from their master brewer.

One of our staple foods is undergoing a renaissance. New and different breads are emerging in cafés and bakeries across Northern Ireland and with that is coming a resurgence in baking talent. Visit The Bobbin Café in Belfast City Hall for freshly baked treats, Homemade by Manns for unforgettable scones or Belfast Baking Company in the Titanic Quarter. Loaf Cafe and Bakery boasts popular items on the menu such as the Loaf sausage roll with a secret recipe relish, mini wheaten bread and traybakes made by in-house bakers! Make Treat Boutique your first stop for cupcakes, with classic flavours like vanilla and red velvet plus some tasty variations!

Take part in learn-to’s, how to’s and beyond to inspire the visit and our next generation.  This wonderful year-long celebration of our food culture is a chance to instil an ever-growing love for food and the culinary arts in people of all ages. Visit the Cookery School at James Street South, which offers the perfect way to share a passion for produce and cooking.

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