Mal and cheese

In the intimate setting of the private first floor room at Malmaison Belfast, about 16 of us had the pleasure of tasting some delicious Irish cheese. Accompanied by sweet and tangy preserves, biscuit and truffled honey, they went down a treat. 


This was all courtesy of initially Yelp, which unfortunately has ceased operations outside North America, but now Oh Social. At each table there were mini board games-we got the snappy crocodile!! We had great craic and then there was bingo…..oh we’re getting old!! Great venue, cheese, fun and idea!!! So get your Oh Social app now!!

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Chef Jeffers International Winner

We are proud to annouce that Chef Jeffers has won International chef of the year representing Ireland @ Toronto’s Royal Winter Fair. 

Destination delicious! Showcasing Northern Ireland’s fabulous food and drink in Canada
 Tourism Ireland teams up with Belfast chef Stephen Jeffers to promote Northern Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink in Toronto

 Belfast chef Stephen Jeffers joins Tourism Ireland in Toronto this week. It’s all part of Tourism Ireland’s year-long programme of promotions to highlight Northern Ireland and our special Year of Food and Drink – in Canada and elsewhere around the world.

Tourism Ireland is one of the sponsors of the 94th Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto – an annual event celebrating agriculture and great local food, which kicks off tomorrow (4 November). With about 320,000 visitors each year, it’s an ideal platform to highlight Northern Ireland’s superb food to a wide audience of prospective Canadian visitors. 
To coincide with the fair, Stephen Jeffers, proprietor of the Forestside Cookery School in Belfast, has joined Tourism Ireland in Toronto. His packed schedule for the coming days includes:
attending a Tourism Ireland breakfast for top Canadian food and lifestyle journalists (3 November);

a high profile slot on Breakfast TV, Canada’s top morning news and entertainment show, when he will prepare a selection of modern, Northern Ireland dishes (4 November);

a series of cookery demos on stage at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, discussing Northern Ireland produce (5 November); and

participation in the Royal International Chef Competition, when Stephen will compete with top chefs from Canada and the US to win the ‘Royal’ title (6 November).

In 2015, we welcomed about 48,000 Canadian visitors to Northern Ireland, up +5% on 2014. Dana Welch, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Canada, said: “We’ve been undertaking an extensive programme of promotions throughout 2016, to grow Canadian visitor numbers to Northern Ireland. And, we’re delighted to have chef Stephen Jeffers with us in Toronto this week, helping to spread the word about Northern Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink and what makes a holiday in Northern Ireland unique and truly memorable. Our message is that Northern Ireland is a superb choice for ‘foodies’ for a holiday or long weekend break.” 

This promotion is just one element of Tourism Ireland’s busy programme of activity throughout 2016 to highlight Northern Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink.