Good Food Show Belfast 3 days to go!!

The brand new BBC Good Food Show Northern Ireland opens on FridayGet ready for the very first BBC Good Food Show Northern Ireland, sponsored by Lexus taking place 14 – 16 October 2016 at Belfast Waterfront. The timing for the brand new Show could not be better as 2016 celebrates Northern Ireland Year of Food and Drink which highlights the country’s flourishing food and drink sector. The Show will bring the winning food and entertainment format to the food-loving city of Belfast. This exciting new event will present some of the nation’s favourite chefs, alongside the region’s very best producers of food, drink and artisan products.

Visitors can look forward to:

The Supertheatre

The Supertheatre, sponsored by Discover Northern Ireland, will host a range of chefs and celebrities including Paul Hollywood, The Hairy Bikers, John Torode and James Martin. Visitors can watch delicious demonstrations live; take home the recipes in an exclusive Showguide and see the chefs using kitchen appliances supplied by Stoves, kitchenware supplied by Lakeland and a selection of knives supplied by Zwilling.

To celebrate Northern Ireland Year of Food and Drink, visitors can add a free session, sponsored by Lidl, to their booking and see local hero Paul Rankin hosting cookery demonstrations with Ian Orr, Danny Millar, Niall McKenna and Danni Barry.

Interview Stage

Visitors have the opportunity to find out more from their cooking heroes and producers on the Interview Stage, sponsored by Moy Park, including their top tips and go-to ingredients. Afterwards, they can get the latest cookbooks signed by their favourites at the Book Shop, sponsored by Easons.

Tasting Theatre

The Tasting Theatre, sponsored by Discover Northern Ireland, is the place to taste and learn about an amazing line up of food and drink producers. Visitors can join a session led by expert host Paula McIntyre and discover different flavours from all around Northern Ireland. From Armagh’s cider and breads to Down’s Gin and macarons, each session is a treat for the senses.

Shopping

Visitors have the opportunity to browse a great selection of stands selling top quality food, drink and accessories, from household brands to independent producers. They can try and buy from local producers in the Food NI Pavilion and visit The Producers’ Village, a speciality food market packed with small artisan producers who pride themselves on the quality and provenance of their produce.

BBC Good Food Kitchen

The BBC Good Kitchen, sponsored by ABP Food Group, is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing lunch at the Show where visitors can dine on mouth-watering, seasonal dishes inspired by bbcgoodfood.com. The menu features 3 guest dishes which highlight ABP’s well sourced quality beef and lamb.

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Morellis the champions!!

MORELLI’S SCOOPS TOP ACCOLADES AT BLAS NA H’ÉIREANN, THE IRISH FOOD AWARDS
11th October 2016: Morelli’s Ice Cream has scooped two top awards at the prestigious Blas na h’Éireann, The Irish Food Awards which took place at the start of this month in Dingle, County Kerry (1st October).

The family-owned ice cream brand’s Cherry Frozen Yoghurt was awarded best product in County Derry/Londonderry. The fruity favourite also won Silver in the Sorbets and Frozen Yoghurts category. The mouth-watering frozen treat combines Clandeboye Estate Yoghurt and Amarena Cherry compote to create a winning flavour.

The Blas na h’Éireann, The Irish Food Awards is the biggest competition for Irish produce on the island of Ireland, with 2,500 products entering this year’s competition. The Awards celebrate and reward the very best of Irish produce and the passionate, driven individuals behind it. With gold, silver and bronze medals awarded across over 100 food and drink categories, the Awards focus solely on taste with winners chosen as a result of blind taste tests by Ireland’s top food experts.

Arnaldo Morelli, who heads up the family business and collected both awards alongside his brother Marino, said: “I am so proud that Morelli’s has been recognised at such an important award ceremony in the Irish food industry. It is fantastic to have the hard work of everyone at Morelli’s recognised at a national level and we look forward to continuing to make award-winning flavours for many generations to come.”

Congrats to Muddlers

I paid Gareth a visit to congratulate him on winning The Ulster Tatler Best Restaurant Award. Gareth is the proprietor and head chef here. He has carefully hand selected his front of house and kitchen staff and his ethos is, quote “happy people at work”.

He explained to me that he likes to keep his menus small and only ever uses local produce, except mushrooms which come from France thrice a week!! His kitchen staff and himself would often forage for food. The lunch menu looks lovely and is changed bi weekly, the evening menu is seasonal. Due to the fact that the menu is small I would suggest to look at it online before going as the selection may not appeal to everyone all the time. The restaurant seats 50 and is closed Sunday and Monday. Will have to try the food next time!!