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Food Tourism Connection Summit takes place in Belfast

Date: 04 Mar 2024

Category: City centre, Supporting businesses

Councillor Clíodhna Nic Bhranair,  Chair of Belfast City Council’s City Growth and Regeneration Committee, DAERA Minister Andrew Muir and Michelle Shirlow, CEO of Food NI.

A Food Tourism Connection Summit took place in Belfast today – the first in a series of gatherings of chefs, food and drink producers and distributors.

Organised by Belfast City Council, in partnership with DAERA (Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs), the industry event at Waterman House in Hill Street aimed to bridge the gap between hospitality providers and food producers, fostering collaboration and innovation within the local food supply chain.

It also supports the city’s aim of being a sustainable tourism destination through supporting the circular economy, reducing food miles and attracting visitors/tourists that will spend more and stay longer.

Speaking at the event were Councillor Clíodhna Nic BhranairChair of Belfast City Council’s City Growth and Regeneration Committee; DAERA Minister Andrew Muir; Paul Kane; Director of Belfast Whiskey Week and vice chair of the newly established Food and Drink Network; John McKenna, food writer with McKenna’s Guides and Dr JP McMahon, chef, restauranteur and author. MC was businessman and restaurant critic Joris Minne.

The event also gave local food and drink producers and distributors the opportunity to showcase their products and to network.

Among those taking part were ShortCross Gin; Hinch Distillery; Belfast Coffee Company; Blackfire Artisan Food; Papas Mineral Company; Irish Black Butter; The Daily Apron Bakery; Rock A Doodle Do Belfast Hot Sauce and Jackson Roze.

For more information on council’s support for food and drink tourism, visit

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