London set for a taste of Belfast

Niall McKenna with Michele Shirlow, left, and Anne McMullan of Visit Belfast
Niall McKenna with Michele Shirlow, left, and Anne McMullan of Visit Belfast

Food from Northern Ireland will take centre stage in London this weekend, as award-winning Belfast chef Niall McKenna, becomes the first chef from Northern Ireland to participate in the prestigious Taste of London event at Regents Park.

Niall, who was recently honoured for his contribution to the hospitality industry, will be showcasing the finest Northern Ireland produce at a cookery demonstration at the event on Sunday, June 19, allowing the crowd to sample everything from Glenarm smoked salmon, to Peter Hannan’s shorthorn pastrami brisket and Ewing’s mouthwatering smoked scallops.

It’s the first time that a Northern Ireland restaurant has been asked to take part.

“This is an amazing event that I will thoroughly enjoy participating in,” said Niall.

“Guests from around the world will be able to enjoy signature dishes from the UK’s finest restaurants, learn tricks of the trade from world-class chefs and sample gourmet food and drink producers all in one stunning setting.”

Michele Shirlow, CEO at Food NI said: “The Year of Food and Drink campaign has been successful in increasing awareness of the quality, originality and outstanding taste of our food and drink, the producers and, of course, the chefs that prepare the food so skilfully. It is wonderful that Niall McKenna has been given the opportunity to attend Taste of London, allowing thousands of people to experience the best of NI food for the first time.”

As part of the NI Year of Food and Drink, and with support from Visit Belfast, the event will also showcase Belfast as a top destination to Londoners.

Anne McMullan, from Visit Belfast, added

“Belfast has a growing reputation as a top foodie destination, thanks to a vibrant restaurant scene offering everything from fine dining and exciting midlevel restaurants to the classic Ulster fry breakfast and food markets. To have the chance to showcase such a great example of our local chefs and the quality of our produce at an event that attracts thousands of people is fantastic. Food is such an important part of any visitor’s trip to a city, and in Belfast we can compete with the best.”