7 things in 7 days…there’s always something going on in Belfast and I don’t always get the opportunity to mention a lot of them on the blog. So hopefully 7 things in 7 days will help me out a bit!
– Last weekend kicked off with a Chocolate Master class at CoCouture in Belfast. CoCouture is a chocolate delight, and to spend three hours in chocolate heaven on a Saturday afternoon is a treat. I haven’t had a chance to do the review yet, but in the meantime, get booked on to one of these master classes. You wont regret it…that’s assuming you love good quality chocolate. www.cocouture.co.uk
– I’ve been eyeing up Andrew Coombes’ art at St George’s Market for quite a while now and always told him that when he painted one that I completely fell in love with, that I’d take the plunge and make a purchase. Well, it happened! This stag is strong and powerful and looks like it’s ready to attack, but it’s also beautiful and graceful. I think it’s Andrew’s best painting to date and I’m so pleased to be in a position to have his art in my home. You can find Andrew at St George’s Market every weekend.
– Since starting my own stall at St George’s Market selling products with local sayings, I am fully aware of the popularity of our local craic. So it was great to see Tennent’s Lager capture some more of the craic when they launched a special limited edition pint glass at the Dirty Onion this week. It’s no ordinary pint glass as you can see. It seems there’s never been a better time to speak ‘Norn Iron’.
– On the same night, SPAR launched their new own brand range, ‘enjoy local’ that supports local suppliers, farmers and growers across Northern Ireland. We were invited along to AmPm to enjoy a Spar-B-Q cooked by Paula McIntyre.
The range includes 126 fresh and chilled products including dairy, baked goods, fruit, vegetables, freshly baked savoury pies, and a 100% Northern Irish barbeque range including burgers, chicken wings and sausages. Every product in the range has a stamp which lets you know exactly where the product was sourced or produced. www.spar-ni.co.uk
– This week, a new Belfast market launched in Bank Square. The Folktown Market is the first independent weekly outdoor market to be granted a licence in 400 years. Grainne (of G Spots) and I popped along on its first day and the place was buzzing. What a great new City centre market to grab a spot of outdoor lunch every week. We’ll be back. Watch out for it every Thursday from 11am-8pm. www.folktownbelfast.com
– On Thursday night we were invited along to the premiere of Lally the Scut at The Mac. Running at the theatre until 2nd May, Lally is a shocking piece of theatre which crosses way to many lines for our liking. The press release says ’12 of our finest local actors bring Abbie Spallen’s unflinching satire to shocking outrageous life’, and this is true, it’s certainly shocking and outrageous. Go and see it if you dare. If you’ve already seen it, I’d love to hear your thoughts. www.themaclive.com
– A special ceremony marking the 103rd anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic was held in the City Hall Titanic Memorial Garden this week. Aidan McMichael, Chairman of the Belfast Titanic Society led a wreath laying ceremony and a minute’s silence remembering the 1,512 people who lost their lives on that fatal night of 15 April 1912.
That’s it for this week folks!