Belfast restaurant week starts very soon!!

Eat & Drink Belfast Restaurant Week – a tasty celebration of local food and culinary events – is serving up nine days of deliciousness in fabulous eateries across the city from this Saturday (8 October).
From 8 – 16 October, diners will be spoilt for choice as restaurants, cafés and pubs serve up bespoke menus and unique food experiences to celebrate Belfast’s bustling food and drink scene, and organisers Visit Belfast and Food NI are encouraging everyone to try something new or book a table at a tried-and-tested favourite to celebrate.
Belfast’s restaurant scene offers everything from Michelin-starred dining to a classic Ulster fry, and the city’s pubs and bars are perfect for cocktails, craft beers or locally distilled gins. In more than 60 events taking place right across Belfast – north, south, east and west – the city’s eateries will showcase the passion that goes into making, cooking and serving up the very best of fresh local produce.
Belfast City Council has funded the event, and Lord Mayor Brian Kingston said:
“Belfast has a growing reputation for great food, and was named as one of National Geographic’s top places to travel for food in 2016. The city is home to internationally renowned chefs and produce and as we approach the end of the NI Year of Food and Drink, Belfast Restaurant Week provides the perfect opportunity for residents, or visitors to Belfast, to get out and enjoy some of the best food on offer right across the city.”
For full details all events taking place during Belfast Restaurant Week, go to
Some of the special events and menus on offer during Belfast Restaurant Week include:
· The Merchant Hotel Opera Dinner (Thursday 13 October, £69.50pp)

The Merchant Hotel invites music enthusiasts and gourmands alike to enjoy culinary and auditory delights at their Opera Dinner. Guests will arrive to a drinks reception with canapes before indulging in a six course meal with wines to accompany each course. Opera singers will entertain guests on arrival, between courses and during the grand finale.


· Dine around Deanes (Thursday 13 October, £70pp)

Sample the delights of all Deanes restaurants in Belfast. Climb aboard a double decker bus, which will take you on a tour from Deane and Decano in south Belfast, via Deanes at Queen’s and to the city centre restaurants – Deanes at Howard Street, Deanes Deli Bistro and Vin Café.


· Bollywood Dance Night (Saturday 15 October, £25pp)

East meets West with an injection of culture and live entertainment to complement your meal at Solo Kitchen and Bar. For one night only, feast on an authentic three course Indian meal using the very best locally sourced food and beverage suppliers. Be greeted like a VIP with a red carpet and glass of prosecco on arrival, and enjoy entertainment from live Bollywood dancers as you eat


· Taste & Tour (Sunday 10 October, £45pp)

Taste and tour your way around the Ormeau Road, with a deliciously vibrant food and drink scene. Over the course of the evening, you’ll enjoy a host of food and drink experiences, including a visit to a speciality coffee roaster, local drinks in a traditional family owned pub, incredible Asian cuisine and more to tantalise your taste buds.


· Cooking with Niall McKenna (Sunday 9 October, free)

Celebrate Belfast Restaurant Week at St George’s Market with chef Niall McKenna, owner of the James Street South restaurant, who’ll be cooking up a storm in the market from 10am – 12 noon on Saturday 9 October


· Trad & Tapas (Wednesday 12 October, prices vary)

Enjoy traditional music all night in Horatio Todd’s, complete with an Irish and Ulster Scots themed tapas menu using local produce from the local area.

Belfast Restaurant Week

It was announced today (16 August) that this October, Belfast will celebrate NI Year of Food and Drink by shining a light on the city’s rich culinary scene during Eat & Drink Belfast Restaurant Week.
Held over a nine-day period from 8 – 16 October, Restaurant Week will promote great Belfast food and champion the city’s diverse and award-winning choice of restaurants, cafes and gastropubs, as well as celebrating Northern Ireland’s impressive artisan producers, growers and brewers, by encouraging both residents and visitors to dine out and enjoy all that Belfast offers.
The Restaurant Week initiative, which is funded by Belfast City Council with support from Tourism Northern Ireland and delivered by Visit Belfast and Food NI, culminates in the arrival of the BBC Good Food Show, which takes place at the Belfast Waterfront from 14 – 16 October and sees famous names like James Martin and the Hairy Bikers visit the city.
Eateries are now being encouraged to submit unique ‘food experiences’ – from bespoke menus to special events – for promotion during Restaurant Week. The deadline for submission is Tuesday 23 August, with more information available from Food NI.
Belfast City Councillor Deirdre Hargey said:


“Belfast Restaurant Week is an unmissable opportunity to show the passion that goes into making, cooking and serving up our first-class food and drink.


“Belfast’s hospitality industry makes a major contribution to the local economy, with nearly a thousand outlets supporting around 29,000 jobs, so the Council is pleased to support this initiative, which will give the city’s many restaurants an opportunity to showcase their talented chefs and local ingredients. We are confident that Belfast Restaurant Week will encourage more people to get out and experience some of the great food available right across the city.”


Jorge Lopes, Country Director of Diageo NI, said;


“Food and drink is a key aspect of any thriving city, and Belfast can compete with the best. Food and drink is an important part of any city break – estimates show that about one third of a tourist’s spend is on food and drink – so we want to encourage our industry customers to embrace Belfast Restaurant Week to shout about what makes Belfast and Northern Ireland such a fantastic destination for food and drink.


Gerry Lennon, Chief Executive of Visit Belfast, also said:


“Good food has always been core to the DNA of any intrepid traveller, and eating out is an increasingly important element of Belfast’s tourism offering. Food writers and critics have been raving about our restaurants and food scene for some time now and the city has been mentioned in many influential travel and food guides, notably being named as one of the top places to visit for food in 2016 by the National Geographic Traveller magazine, all of which helps in attracting more and more visitors to Belfast.


“Eat & Drink Belfast Restaurant Week is all about raising the profile of our eating out scene, encouraging everyone to enjoy great nights out, sampling new menus and perhaps trying something different whilst getting the true, great taste of Belfast.”
Susie Brown, Director of Corporate Development at Tourism NI added:
“The NI Year of Food and Drink has been a great success as we head into the final stages of the year, the time is right to celebrate Belfast’s unique restaurant scene. Belfast is home to very talented chefs who combine fresh, locally sourced ingredients to create dishes of distinction, and we hope this initiative will encourage everyone to get out and enjoy some great food and drink.”
Sharon Machala from Food NI concluded:
“From an Ulster fry to Michelin-starred dining and everything in between, Belfast has it all, and Eat & Drink Belfast Restaurant Week will celebrate the great variety of dining in the city. We are encouraging Belfast eateries to get involved with this celebration creating ‘food experiences’ that showcase the great local food and drink available in the city.”

Last day of BRW

The BFM says guys today is the last day of BRW,who knows when or if it will be back so please support our local restaurants. They buy local,employ local and bring money into the City and NI, with a fantastic selection of local, national and international foods.

The level and quality of staff and food is a credit to the head chefs such as Michael Deane, Paul Rankin and Niall McKenna et al. They have had the courage and foresight to bring their own flavours,menus and styles to Belfast, and have helped put Belfast on the culinary map. Can the powers that be not see that these events are good for the economy, tourism and the exposure of Belfast.

So can you all retweet me to all your followers, follow me and now start putting pressure on the Stormont executive. Together we stand divided we fall.

Ps eat street last night was gr8!!!!

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Eat Street at Belfast Restaurant Week

The BFM and littlest lady sampled the delights of Eat Street. This is all taking place in Hill street. Talking to the street traders they were saying it’s been busy and expect more this evening, especially as it’s a Friday and the weather is good.

The first vendor was Jolly Pies, who had a range of locally sourced and produced pies, such as goat,beef and pheasant and served with/without mash and gravy for a reasonable £4.

Next was cafe Livanto which served fresh tea,coffee and hot chocolate.

Next was Tricycle Trading. This is a novel idea, your food and transport and it’s all pedal power. They were serving pulled pork and brisket.

The Yardbird had a wee stand selling Chicken burgers using there specially marinated chicken and Brazilian
rotisserie for £5. Very handy location for them as they were opposite the main Yardbird. Looked and smelt delicious.

Mourne Seafood Cookery school had their van and I met a friend who said he had the fish n chips and was delicious.

Broughgammon farm was next and we had the billy goat burger. All meat is reared on their farm and all relishes made at home. The goat burger was assembled thus: on a toasted fresh Bap, a layer of pickled beet root was spread then on other bread was mint tzatziki then grated cheese onto which the burger went.Then on top of beet root was lettuce then pickled carrot (to mimic gherkin), then it was all put together. Me and my daughter loved every bite and recommend Broughgammon produce, gr8 for £4.

Next was the Fabulous Food Factory. These guys do genuine Virginian BBQ courtesy of their American chef to provide hog roasts and proper American BBQ.

Gourmet Street Dogs was next and the menu looked gr8, unfortunately all the sausages are beef so I couldn’t eat it, but it’s a fab stand.

Up next was Linen Hill, who were serving pulled pork and pork dogs. Would have liked to try it,maybe another day.

Last but not least was Harnetts Oil. I have to stand corrected, in a previous blog I said they started in 2008, it was actually 2007!!!!

So there you have it take your pick, get down now,it closes at 11pm tonight. There was also some entertainment.

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Belfast Restaurant Week start

Hi the BFM was just at City Hall for start of restaurant week (full in depth report later) and two whammies hit us today. The first is funding cuts so Belfast Restaurant Week et al won’t b on next year and second the loyalist protesters again spoilt my mood and countless others!!

Now if Stormont gets their heads out of the sand and use the money properly (£40k to police Twaddell a day!!!!!!!) and spend it on the small and big festivals which bring the locals and tourists into Belfast and beyond,that would be a better way of using the money, generating more income,keeping jobs and giving NI a high profile and must visit tag.

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I will blog about the opening of BRW later!!!!



Belfast Restaurant Week

The BFM is so excited about Belfast Restaurant Week (BRE). It all kicks off tomorrow,Saturday 4th October in the grounds of City Hall and at various eateries around the city.

Some info about the event from BRW site is below.BTW big up to @misterhsk Hardeep Singh Kohli,he was the guest last year!!

“Enjoy a tasty recipe of signature menus, sensational culinary events and delicious local food in Belfast’s fabulous restaurants and cafés from 4-11 October!

Throughout the week Belfast’s diverse eateries will be hosting exclusive events and showcasing special menus using the finest local produce. Why not try something new or book a table at a tried and tested favourite?

From BRW FB page

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