The return of the St George’s Twilight Market, a BBC Good Food Show and a year of Food and Drink. It looks set to be another great year in NI.
Last night I had the great pleasure to attend the NI Tourist Board New Year Banquet in the Ulster Hall.
The event kicked off the NI Year of Food and Drink celebrations. Our first minister Arlene Foster launched the evening in one of her first official engagements in her new role.
Throughout the evening we enjoyed local food prepared by Yellow Door including Lough Neagh Eel, Comber Spuds, Baronscourt Venison, and local cheeses.
The Ulster Hall looked stunning in pink and what a venue for a banquet. I think you can actually get married there, and what a place for a wedding reception! Beautiful. The Electric Alphabet letters of course helped a bit as you couldn’t miss the hashtag on stage. #EnjoyNI16
Announced during the evening celebrations was the arrival of the BBC Good Food Show to the Belfast Waterfront Hall in October. The event will include guest chefs such as Paul Rankin, Paul Hollywood, James Martin and The Hairy Bikers.
A great night out at the awesome Ulster Hall and thanks to Tourist Board for the invite and of course to Event-ful, the event organisers for the night. Event-ful are the folks behind the hugely popular St George’s Twilight market last year.
Twilight at St George’s looks set to return for 3 further events in 2016. With potentially three 2-night events happening in June, October and December, the market could again come alive for evening entertainment, music, demo’s, pop up restaurants and regular St George’s traders. And as a trader there for all three days (Fri-Sun), I’m looking forward to seeing my favourite place in Belfast come alive at night again.
The October event will be a Harvest Twilight to celebrate the launch of the Belfast Restaurant Fortnight from 11-23 October. Source.
Also set to return to St George’s is the Focus on Food conference on 23rd February. The 2015 conference was a huge success and it is sure to be bigger and better this year as we celebrate the NI Year of Food and Drink. The keynote speaker will be top chef and food writer Valentine Warner!
See my previous post for all the Food and Drink themes this year and watch out for a few posts coming soon as I go out and about celebrating January’s Breakfast Month.
Have a great year of food and drink!