Food Tourism Connection Summit takes place in Belfast

Food Tourism Connection Summit 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.

A Food Tourism Connection Summit took place in Belfast – 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 aims to bridge the gap between hospitality providers and food producers, fostering collaboration and innovation within the local food supply chain.

At the first Food Tourism Connection Summit at Waterman House in Belfast were (left to right) 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.

Speaking at the event were Councillor Clíodhna Nic Bhranair Chair 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.


Theodore Koumelis

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