Delicious, scrumptious, mouthwatering or just plain tasty. Whatever words you use to describe great food and drink, you’ll need lots of them as you taste your way through the Tesco Taste Festival 2016 taking place at Custom House Square from Friday 16th to Sunday 18th September. 

Organised each year by Tesco NI, the admission free annual Festival, which this year has the theme ‘Our Tastiest Yet’ is now firmly established on Northern Ireland’s culinary calendar as the largest free food and drink event of its kind in the province with visitor numbers expected to top 25K this year equating to 1.5m in total since the Festival began.

With over 60 exhibitors, and back-to-back activity throughout the weekend including producers sharing food skills at a special FoodNI cookery theatre, entertainment for all the family with Ark Open Farm’s petting zoo, a climbing wall, guest appearances from mascots Mr Tayto and Mr Morelli, plus live music, there’s simply lots of fun for all the family at this free three-day foodie festival.

Tesco NI Marketing Manager Caoimhe Mannion said the event was the showpiece in the ongoing Tesco Taste NI campaign citing its importance in the Northern Ireland Year of Food and Drink and cemented the retailer’s credentials as a ‘force for good food’ in Northern Ireland

She said: ‘The Tesco Taste Festival forms part of our 2016 support programme for Northern Ireland Year of Food and Drink, valued at half a million pounds. But every year, we assist food producers and suppliers in a wide variety of ways via artisan programmes, multi-store sampling, food fairs, listing opportunities, in-store promotion and more.
The Tesco Taste Festival offers a rare chance for producers to interact directly with the public and visitors can sample local produce at its best for free and of course favourites can be found at Tesco throughout the year.’ 
So whether you’re a gourmand who relishes fine dining, a regular foodie who gets excited about tucking into local food and regional specialities, or want to be the first to taste new product launches from Northern Ireland’s finest food companies, you’ll definitely enjoy the gastronomic offerings the Tesco Taste Festival showcases.
The Tesco Taste Festival is currently in its eighth year. The event, which is organised annually by Tesco in partnership with its local suppliers, honours the quality, diversity and wholesomeness of locally and regionally produced fresh food and drink. It seeks to celebrate the provenance of food and drink by highlighting and promoting Northern Ireland’s abundant, quality produce to the world.
The Festival opening times are 2pm to 8pm on Friday 16th September, 10am to 6pm on Saturday 17th September and 10am to 5pm on Sunday 18th September.

For updates as the Festival draw near check facebook.com/tastenorthernireland or use hashtag #TescoTasteFestival

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