The BFM checked out the Belfast Maritime Festival today,on lookout for some inspiring food offerings.
It was held by Belfast City down by the Odyssey complex from Queens Quay through Abercorn Basin,the Arc,Nomadic and then on to Titanic Belfast and Slipway. From Saturday 24th May to Monday 26th May.
The main attractions were four Tall Ships and many other smaller vessels. One could go onboard and see the ships from inside.There were people in period costume and the atmosphere was fantastic. It was geared for young and old. For the youngsters there was face fainting, Jumping Clay, fairground rides and street entertainers to name but a few.For the older folk there was an open beer garden area. For everyone there was visits onto the ships, boat trips, ice cream and food!!!!!
The food area was in front of the Odyssey in the Queens Quay area. The individual stalls were housed in tent/gazebos rather akin to a summer Continental Market. The choice of food
available was second to none, from traditional burger and chips to the gourmet meat burgers, from regular hot dogs to the quintessential German Bratwurst cooked on the Munchen barbecue, from oriental noodles to authentic curry sauces from round the world.Then there was French baguettes, Spanish Paella,Dutch cheese and German salami. If that wasn’t enough there was plenty for those with a sweet tooth. Starting with Belgian waffles, Crepes,ice creams, pastries and sweets,not to mention the coconut macaroons!!!!!
I opted for a traditional pressed Classic Cuban sandwich (£5) from the Cuban Sandwich Factory.This had pulled pork,honey glazed ham,Swiss cheese,mustard and gherkin all in a long sub bread roll,which was pressed in a panini press.It was absolutely divine,a tad salty hence the fresh lemonade which I’m regretting I didn’t have,but I washed it down with my trusted water bottle.The Cuban Sandwich Factory can be found at St George’s Market on a Saturday.
I managed to walk and eat and enjoy the festival.The weather was a bit inclement early on,but I was blessed with dry weather when I was there.
Make a note of the festival and look out for it again next year!!
Once again the BFM shares the food love!!! Ciao down now!!!