Upcoming events in Northern Ireland

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Posted by Discover Northern Ireland

Published September 17, 2019


discovernorthernireland.com has lots of fun things to do across Northern Ireland, from family days out to gigs and cultural events. We've put together a selection of exciting things taking place this week across Northern Ireland in the week ahead.

Upcoming events in Northern Ireland

Seamus Heaney HomePlace, Bellaghy

A Bellaghy Tale, Seamus Heaney HomePlace, Bellaghy, 7-22 September

Join Kabosh Theatre Company on a unique theatrical journey beginning at HomePlace and linking key sites throughout the village of Bellaghy, that are closely related to Seamus Heaney.

Culture Night and Day, Belfast 20-21 September

Returning for it's 11th year, Culture Night Belfast is one of the biggest dates in Northern Ireland's cultural calendar. This year there will be 2 days of free, family-friendly events across the city including gigs, talks, walks, activities, children's events, workshops and screenings - over 200 in total to choose from.

Maritime Mile, various locations around Belfast

Visit all 11 objects, chat to them and find out more about our maritime history. Interact with them using your mobile and instructions on nearby signage.

Belfast International Arts Festival, Belfast, 15 October-3 November

With over 200 events to choose from over 20 days, including world-class theatre, music, film, talks, literature and dance, this festival has an extensive programme of events.  Highlights include Oscar-winning singer-songwriter Glen Hansard, Two Door Cinema Club as well as premiere performances by circus troupes, acclaimed choreographers and a whole host of others.

Derry Halloween, Derry~Londonderry, 25 October-1 November

Another jam-packed programme of events is in store for this year's 8 day festival in the city.  As well as the now legendary parade on Halloween night, the city will build up to the excitement with Awakening the Walls - over 50 installations in and around the walls with other various performances taking place across the 8 days including aerial displays, and large scale animations.

Don’t miss these upcoming Food Festivals and Events - your perfect chance to Taste the Island!

Armagh Food and Cider Festival, Armagh, 19-22 September

From Thursday 19th to Sunday 22nd September, festival visitors to the iconic city of Armagh and its surrounding fruit-laden orchards can expect to raise more than a glass to an incredible spread of mouth-watering events.

An international extravaganza featuring multiple can’t-miss events in venues right across Ireland’s Orchard County, the Armagh Food and Cider Festival is this Autumn’s hottest ticket.

Irish Gin Tasting at James St., Belfast, 20 September

The evening includes tasting 5 gins along with delicious sharing plates specifically chosen to match the gins. The team will be on hand to talk you through the botanicals of the gins and the garnishes that match.

The selection of Gins are: Echlinville Elderflower Martini Gin on arrival, followed by a tasting of Shortcross, Jawbox, Dingle and Method Madness.

Street Feast at Culture Night and Day, Belfast, 20-21 September

The food and drink scene has never been more exciting or important as part of our culture and heritage.

Bringing together the best of local food and drink traders in a new location for Culture Night and Day, join the Food Market in St Anne’s Cathedral Car Park on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 September and sample the finest home grown produce. 

Wee Buns-Bramley Apple Baking Workshop and Orchard Visit, Dungannon, selected dates until 5 October

There's no better time to visit a local family orchard in the Orchard County of Armagh, than during apple season and hear all about its local history. Afterwards, take a trip to the cookery school where you will take part in a hands-on baking class focusing on the Bramley Apple with mouth watering recipes including apple tart and apple and ginger scones.

Montalto Foraging Experience, Ballynahinch, 21 September

Join NI Survival School for a day of foraging around our diverse woodlands at Montalto.

On this experience you will take a walk in the woods and be introduced to some of the most common plants and trees that inhabit our island and discover some of their secrets that make them useful to us in edible or medicinal ways. The team will help you in the identification of these plants. After the walk you will return to the woodland camp where you will enjoy making tea from the foraged species. You will enjoy a light lunch of bread toasted over the campfire and spreads made from local ingredients.

Taste of Rostrevor Food and Heritage Tour, Rostrevor, 21 September

From the world-renowned seafood of Carlingford Lough to superb local craft gins and ales, the area around the charming village of Rostrevor is famed for its fabulous produce. Nestled into the foot of the Mourne Mountains, Rostrevor has a unique and fascinating heritage to compliment the beauty of its scenery.

This walking tour will take you to five venues – The Church, The Old Schoolhouse, Good Craic Gifts, Maud’s Café and The Rostrevor Inn – where you will sample a host of local culinary delights.

Irish Feast Ballycastle Food Tour, Ballycastle, 21 September

The Ballycastle Food Tour is recommended by Lonely Planet and showcases local, artisan, award winning food and drink in this unexpectedly gourmet, little town. The enthusiastic guides take you to 6 unique venues and introduces you to the people who catch, grow, make and bake truly delicious food.

Festival Lough Erne, Enniskillen, 21-22 September 

The tranquil setting of Enniskillen Castle will see a hustle of families and foodie lovers sampling local produce and enjoying the tranquil setting of the River Erne. From live cookery demos with chefs and experts to entertainment on the bandstand, it’s set to be a fun weekend for all the family.

Belfast Restaurant Week, Belfast, 23- 29 September

Belfast Restaurant Week runs from 23 to 29 September with lunch daily from Monday to Friday for just £10, between 12 noon and 2.00pm, and with two course evening meals from Monday to Thursday, priced at just £15, between 17:00 and 19:00.

Taste The Island’s Taste The City Producers’ Market descends on Writer’s Square on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 September. Local chefs will inspire audiences with food demonstrations from 10:00 until 16:00 each day using the freshest of local Northern Ireland ingredients. There’ll be live music, family fun and an opportunity to stock up on the finest of locally sourced and grown produce.

Gourmet Golf, Newry, 27 September

Play 9 holes at the superb Warrenpoint Golf Club and enjoy a different tasting experience on each hole.
Join us afterwards at the 19th hole for a “Tapas & Tipple” experience where you can choose from a range of local tapas options in the Fairway’s Restaurant and enjoy a drink from one of our local drink’s producers.

Whitehead Sea and Food Tour, Whitehead, 27 September onwards

Experience the famous Causeway Coast as you depart Whitehead and kayak around Blackhead Lighthouse to The Gobbins, with qualified instructor Anne from Causeway Coast Kayaking.  This special 2 hour kayaking tour will take in the sights and sounds of local wildlife while passing our local fisherman's lobster pots and will give you a different perspective of The Gobbins and a unique view of the Seven Sisters Caves, not visible from The Gobbins Cliff path.

You'll finish your sea journey with a delicious lunch at the award winning family run, Light House Bistro. You can expect a warm welcome along with hearty freshly made pasta and baked bread, complemented by local hot or cold beverages. Well-deserved after your epic adventure!

River to Lough Festival, Antrim, 28 September

River to Lough Festival is back again for the fourth time. It is a hugely popular, award winning event, showcasing the unique cultural heritage of Lough Neagh and Its Waterways, celebrating the ancient fishing tradition associated with the area.

The festival which has celebrated the world renowned Lough Neagh Eel, will now also honour Lough Neagh Pollan, which has recently been awarded a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) by the EU Commission.
This year’s festival programme will centre around Lough Neagh Fishermen's Co-operative. The new Lough Neagh Fisheries Visitor Centre will be open for business and the factory will be home to an array of activities associated with fishing on Lough Neagh, with particular emphasis on pollan.

Cushendun Food and Walking Tour, 28 September

In one of the most endearing villages on the Causeway Coastal Route join your local guide Kevin to appreciate Cushendun, its rolling glens, winding river, its unique village architecture and views just 12 miles to Scotland. Discover local legends, hidden stories in the village, spend time with the locals, stunning scenery and the delicious seasonal local food, just in past the wee door to one of smallest pubs in Ireland.

A Taste of Titanic Belfast, 28 September

Taste your way through the story of RMS Titanic with our signature 2 hour food tasting tour, the ultimate combination of culture, history, food and fun!

Go on a guided journey through the Titanic Experience galleries; learn about the fascinating story of the world's most famous ship and sample culinary delights from the era.

Whether it is a shipyard worker's hearty snack or a First Class champagne treat, we will take you on a culinary and cultural journey, using only the best of local produce.

Killeavy Castle Estate Food Festival, Killeavy, 28-29 September

Killeavy Castle Estate Food Festival is a celebration of all things local.  Supported by local food and drink suppliers, this Food Festival will celebrate produce from our working farm and walled garden but also from our large family of partners that supply produce to Killeavy Castle Estate. Come and join us and taste the flavours and sample produce and relax in the surroundings of the Estate.

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