Northern Ireland’s biggest wellbeing event is expected to draw crowds of approximately 15,000 people.
Just in time for us as we embark upon a healthier lifestyle (to achieve that coveted ‘beach bod’ in time for summer) the Food For The Soul Festival is a three-day celebration of everything that nourishes and connects the mind, body and soul.
Running from 25 – 27 March in the Eikon Exhibition Centre, it looks set to potentially generate over £500,000 in visitor spend.
Whilst visitors will be coming from afar to check out the amazing not-for-profit event, we reckon we should highlight exactly why this event is so worthwhile – and a true credit to all those involved!
1. The Festival Is Not-For Profit
It always pulls on our heart-strings to see so many community groups and charitable organisations come together – not in a bid to make a profit – but to make a positive difference.
Indeed, co founder Jonathan Green wants a positive social impact set in action from the beginning: “The details are still being finalised, but we are very proud that the festival not only showcases the fantastic businesses in Northern Ireland’s complementary, therapeutic and creative industries– but its success will also benefit the wider community.”
2. The Events On Offer
With over 250 exhibitors, 60 key speaker talks headlined by celebrity life coach Pete Cohen, and a host of workshops, performances, events and demonstrations, the inaugural Food For The Soul Festival is a three-day celebration of everything that nourishes and connects the mind, body and soul.
3. It Promotes Getting Active
Each day has a special opening event, with a mass yoga session on Saturday morning and a family Easter egg hunt on Sunday.
4. The Exhibitors
Playing host to over 200 stalls, the exhibition space takes up most of the festival floor. Visitors will be able to browse, buy, learn and try – from stalls selling aromatherapy oils, crystals, herbal remedies and organic beauty and food products, to practitioners offering complementary therapies, readings and consultations.
5. You’ll Be Supporting Local Small Businesses
There will also be an Artists and Crafters market, with the very best of Northern Ireland’s makers and creative producers selling handmade homewares, artworks, textiles, jewellery, gifts and clothing.
6. You Can TRY The Holistic Approach
A range of holistic, wellness and complementary practices will be represented, including reiki, reflexology, sound therapy, meditation and so much more. It could be just what your body needs.
7. The Live Stages
Over the course of the weekend, 45 different speakers will take to the live stages to deliver a series of inspirational and informative talks and demonstrations.
8. Yoga Studio
Perfect for anyone who has always fancied yoga – but been too afraid in the past – throughout the weekend, the festival’s yoga studio will be open, for beginners and experienced yogis alike. So make sure to drop in and join in with the amazing range of yoga practices and sessions on offer.
You’ll probably find it’s the perfect exercise for you – particularly if you want to look slender and toned for the holidays, whilst clearing your mind and getting well-deserved peace!
9. Music and Entertainment
The bands, singers, dancers, musicians and entertainers at Food For The Soul Festival will rival any summer festival you can think of!
The festival kicks off with the exotic elegance of Turkish belly dancing at the opening reception.
Live performance and entertainment stages will offer non-stop musical and dance entertainment, all from talented, original local acts and performers.
10. Evening Events
On Friday, psychic medium Carol McGee will be demonstrating her gifts onstage and on Saturday there is another mediumship demonstration with Fiona Stewart Williams. Both shows run between 8pm and 11pm and these are separate ticketed events.
There truly will be something for everyone here this Easter weekend. Whether fascinated by the mystic and spiritual, passionate about health and wellness, or simply appreciative of creativity and beautiful things – everyone will find some food for their soul!
The Food For The Soul Festival takes place at the Eikon Exhibition Centre, on Friday 25, Saturday 26 and Sunday 27.
For more info check out the site at foodforthesoul.org.uk and follow the festival on Facebook. You can also follow Food For The Soul on Twitter: @foodforthesoulf and Instagram: @foodforthesoulfestival.