Belfast’s vibrant restaurant scene offers everything from Michelin Star fine dining to exciting eateries, gastropubs, quirky restaurants and cafes.

So we’re very excited to hear the announcement that this October, Belfast will celebrate its rich culinary scene with an Eat & Drink Belfast Restaurant Week.

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Smoked Haddock with Bombay Potatoes from one of Belfast’s most exciting new restaurant offerings – The Permit Room

Due to be held over a nine-day period from October 8 – 16, Restaurant Week will promote great Belfast food and champion the city’s diverse and award-winning choice of restaurants, cafes and gastropubs.

As part of the NI Year of Food and Drink, it will also be celebrating Northern Ireland’s impressive artisan producers, growers and brewers, by encouraging both residents and visitors to dine out and enjoy all that Belfast has to offer.

Ox is one of Belfast's Michelin starred restaurants

Ox is one of Belfast’s Michelin starred restaurants

It comes at a time when Belfast’s food & drink scene has positively exploded, with Deanes Eipic and Ox both awarded Michelin Stars in the same year.

Meanwhile innovative and exciting restaurants are continuing to flourish, with the likes of Howard Street and its new sister restaurant Permit Room paving the way for traditional cuisine served with a twist.

Banana, Cacao, Gluten Free Oats, Choco Vegan Protein, Granola Crumb Smoothie at Tony & Jen's

Banana, Cacao, Gluten Free Oats, Choco Vegan Protein, Granola Crumb Smoothie at Tony & Jen’s

Healthy eatery Tony & Jen’s is another restaurant to try if you haven’t already. With a focus on supplying healthy yet truly tasty grub you’d be amazed at how shockingly sin-free these Freak Shakes, Waffles, fry’s, and Pancakes all turn out to be!

Cocktail Special - Life's a Peach at Howard Street

Cocktail Special ‘Life’s a Peach’ at Howard Street! The amazing cocktail contains Hennessy, Gran Marnier, Fresh Peach, Lemon, Cinnamon & Star Anise Syrup

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 October 14 – 16, 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 August 23. More information is available from Food NI (link below).

Deanes Eipic is Belfast's second Michelin starred restaurant

Deanes Eipic is Belfast’s second Michelin starred restaurant

Susie Brown, Director of Corporate Development at Tourism NI explained: “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.”

Tony & Jen's is leading the way for healthy eating

Tony & Jen’s is leading the way for healthy eating in Belfast

Sharon Machala from Food NI added: “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.”

Applications and more info can be found online at nigoodfood.com/Belfast-restaurant-week-2016.

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