I enjoy a certain type of lifestyle, one that revolves around food, and Belfast’s Restaurant Week is just the event to help me continue doing so.
A whole week dedicated to eating out in restaurants sounds like the best week of the year to me. Not that I need encouragement, but another reason to justify me living beyond my means is always welcome.
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The first restaurant week ran in February and saw 30 restaurants get involved to generate more than £150,000 for the local economy. The initiative, organised by Belfast One and Destination CQ, is also in collaboration with Tourism North Ireland.
The Autumn edition will see things developed even further to include a Taste The City Producers Market, which is sure to be the standout event of the week.
It's all part of the Taste the Island Events Scheme, which was developed for festivals and events to encourage people to enjoy the local produce available. Taste The City will take place the weekend of September 28 and 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Attendees will be treated to live music, cooking demos by local chefs and even have the chance to stock up on locally grown goods.
According to Julie McCullagh, Marketing Manager at Belfast One, “Belfast Restaurant Week has fast become one of the most exciting and busiest weeks for restaurants in the Belfast City Centre events calendar”.
Lunch runs from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Monday to Friday and is priced at just £10. Dinner is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday and is only £15 per person, booking is essential though. What a bargain.
A celebration of the city’s foodie scene and all its fantastic independent restaurants, there’s everything from fine French cuisine, pizzas and pints, Asian, Mediterranean, vegan cuisine and everything in between. Choose from 600 dishes on offer in 40 city centre restaurants. That’s a whole lotta grub.
Running from September 23 to 29, this is not to be missed. Check out the Belfast Restaurant Week website for more information.