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Taste the Island

Taste the Island is a huge celebration of food and drink across the whole of the island of Ireland. Featuring hundreds of events, offers and special menus, the festival showcases the world class products that come from our farms, food producers and restaurants. Get a slice of the action in Belfast, where local eateries and food stores are putting on a host of events and special offers.


A Taste of Titanic

26 October and 30 November, Titanic Belfast 

Taste your way through the story of Titanic with a two-hour food tasting tour! You’ll embark on a guided journey through the Titanic Experience galleries and have the chance to sample tasty delights from the era along the way. Whether it is a shipyard worker’s hearty snack or a First Class champagne treat, you’ll go on a culinary and cultural journey, using only the best of local produce.

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The Doyen Oktoberfest

5-6 October, The Doyen

The Doyen are hosting their very own Oktoberfest in their private rooms, complete with Bavarian Steins of Erdinger and fantastic live local music! Clink steins and sing songs on traditional long tables with the room dressed in true German beer fest style whilst the Heidi girls keep the beer flowing. Get in there early! Book online and enter promo code: BEER35 at the checkout to save £15 on table packages.

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First Dates at Café Parisien

10 October, Café Parisien 

Combine fabulous French food with a potential match made in heaven! Café Parisien is hosting a First Dates-style matchmaking event, where you can enjoy arrival drinks, nibbles, beautiful city views and the chance to find true love in one of Belfast’s most romantic restaurants!

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RPSI Afternoon Tea Service

19 October and 23 November, Whitehead Railway Museum

Fancy an afternoon tea with First Class service (literally)? This special afternoon tea service hosted by Whitehead Railway Museum gives you the chance to enjoy sandwiches, sweet treats and steaming tea served in the finest china while you sit in a stationary, antique train carriage.

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Walking Tours Belfast – Brews and Views

Selected Saturdays in October and November, Belfast city centre

This craft beer walking tour is perfect for anyone who loves micro-brewed pints, food and music. Starting at Belfast City Hall, your guide will take you to some of the best bars in Belfast for craft beer, while pointing out areas of interest along the way. You’ll see Belfast’s eclectic street art and the lively Cathedral Quarter, and get the chance to sample tasty Tribal Burgers too.

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Pizza and Pottery Night

Selected dates, September to December, Loaf Pottery and Cafe 

Join Loaf Pottery and Pizzeria in Crawfordsburn for fun night of pottery-making and pizza-eating! Get creative before enjoying some artisan wood fired pizza. A potter will show you the basics and then you can let your creative instincts take over and make your own piece of pottery. After, pop through to the café for pizza straight from the wood fired oven and feel free to bring your own beer or wine. Loaf Pottery and Pizzeria is part of the NOW Group – a social enterprise supporting people with learning difficulties and autism in to jobs with a future.

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Game of Thrones Workshop and Feast

20 October, The National

Tuck into a Game of Thrones-style banquet at this unique foodie event in The National. As well as the feast, you’ll have the opportunity to make your own Dothraki leather jewellery, a dragon-glass dagger and a goblet so you can ‘drink and know things’. The creative workshops are led by professional artists and extras from the show will be there to share stories from behind the scenes.

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Shortcross Gin Distillery Tour

25 October, Rademon Estate Distillery

Join Team Shortcross for a tour in their small but perfectly crafted distillery. Learn all about their foraged botanicals, unique gin and whiskey processes, stand next to their three beautiful copper pot stills and meet the founders Fiona and David. Tours include a neat gin tasting, gin and tonic masterclass and your own Shortcross glass to take home.

Steam and Gin

Steam and Gin

11 and 25 October, Lanyon Place Station

Take the gin drinking experience to new heights of sophistication on a vintage steam train with restored 1960s carriages. Hop on board in Belfast and sip you gin as you travel on a scenic journey to Whitehead Railway Museum where you’ll be treated to live music and entertainment.

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Harry Potter Banquet

27 October, Malone Lodge Hotel

Journey to Hogwarts (at Malone Lodge Hotel) for this special Harry Potter themed Sunday lunch. Indulge in a delicious three-course meal in the ‘Great Hall’ and enjoy entertainment from magicians as well as a Harry Potter movie marathon.

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Titanic: The Musical Afternoon Tea

27 October, Titanic Belfast

In this special edition of Titanic Belfast’s Sunday afternoon tea, guests will be treated to musical hits from the original Broadway production of Titanic: The Musical performed by the local award-winning Belfast Operatic Society, whilst enjoying a sumptuous afternoon tea in front of the Grand Staircase.

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Ladies Night at Fratelli Belfast

29 October, Fratelli Belfast 

What could be better than Italian food and a nostalgic Halloween film? Join Fratelli Belfast Ristorante, Pizzeria and Bar for ‘Ladies Night Goes to the Movies’ with a screening of Hocus Pocus! Get together with the girls and enjoy a main course, glass of wine, mini dessert buffet and a private screening of the movie all for just £25 per person.

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Taste the Island at Twilight Market

12-13 November, St George’s Market

Taste the Island at Twilight Market brings together over 100 of the best food, drink and arts and crafts traders in Northern Ireland. The award winning event features over 100 traders specialising in local and continental foods from around the world, handmade arts and crafts and chef demonstrations too.

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