Launches, events and some crazy Crayfish

If you are following @belfasttimes on twitter, you may have noticed that Thursday and Friday nights tweets were a bit busy! It was a hectic 2 nights walking between events in the city centre, with Cathedral Quarter, Victoria Square and Waterfront Hall on Thursday, then the crazy Crayfish Party in Ikea on Friday night.

First stop on Thursday night was a visit to the launch party for the new 50 seat 1st floor extension to the Potted Hen Bistro. It was a great launch night with cocktails flowing, including delicious strawberry sangria and peach Bellinis.

The extension is a great new space, and one noticeable advantage of the upstairs seating is the view, as it looks down onto Saint Anne’s Square, and is therefore a great people watching spot. The restaurant extension is a great looking and stylish new addition to an already award winning restaurant.

Next stop on Thursday night and it was over to the Fashion Night Out in the Ivory Restaurant in Victoria Square. As I’ve already mentioned, it was another fabulous fashion night out in the city.
The night was finished off as I worked my way through the Norah Jones crowds at the Waterfront Hall to see a new art exhibition called The Significance of Everyday Objects by Barry Williamson. If you like your art of everyday household objects, you should call in to the Waterfront Hall next time you are passing. Did you know you can call in there most days, as the foyer is a public space with a little coffee shop and gift shop. The gift shop even stock some of my postcards.

On to Friday lunchtime, and I visited Eason’s new flagship store in Belfast to get my new Lee Child book signed. The 60 million book selling author was in town to promote his latest book, The Wanted Man.

Friday ended with a visit to the Ikea Crayfish party, and what a crazy night it was. I arrived to a totally packed out restaurant and a half hour wait for food. But what a fun night out…there’s nothing like an Abba tribute band to liven up a party, including fake Swedish accents. Loved it!

Saturday was rest day, of sorts, starting with breakfast in the Georgian House in Comber, then off to Menarys in Bangor to discuss this Thursday’s fashion show . Finally I headed home to recreate the recipe I learnt on my night at the superb dinner party course at Belfast Cookery School.

Sunday was St George’s Market as always, with my two new products, badges and magnets. Definitely a keeping er lit kind of weekend!


For more information about The Potted Hen visit

For more information on exhibition open hours, contact the Waterfront Hall on Tel: 028 9033 4400.

Belfast Cookery School can be contacted through their website or by calling 028 9023 4722

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2 thoughts on “Launches, events and some crazy Crayfish

    The Bjorn Identity (@abbaireland)

    (September 10, 2012 - 8:24 pm)

    thanks for the write up. We had gr8 fun playing at IKEA hope to be back next year. find us on facebook or tweet us @abbaireland


      (September 12, 2012 - 9:34 am)

      Youre welcome! hopefullly see you again soon.

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