belfast taste & music festival 2011

i am a fan of music & a fan of food – what more could i wish for!

well – without wanting to sound like a hermit – i am not such a fan of people – working with people, yes, making people happy, i love it – but being in a crowd, lotsa people about – this doesnt make me happy – i wilt

hence my early adventure to belfast taste and music festival – i hedged my bets & m & i headed up late afternoon on thursday – the first day of the festival – and boy oh boy was i rewarded!

not only was there a lovely atmosphere – with a enough people to make it feel lively without being crowded – but m & i where treated to some beautiful food!

i love the concept – taster portions of many restaurants – enough to wet your whistle and indulge your senses – but small enough to allow you to bask in the many choices!

13 restaurants all in all – each with at least 3 options – so no shortage of choice

we only managed to try out 4 of the restaurants – but i think we picked particularly well!

we could not resist starting of with some pork belly from molly’s yard after having some lovely pork belly at sizzle fest!

the lentil & chorizo casserole was lovely and warming – and just what the doctor ordered! the accompanying belfast blonde also went down a treat

and with it on tap – and at a reasonable enough price of £3.50 a pint ( all things considered! ) – it is hard to resist!

then we paid chris bell from galgorm manor a visit – his casserole of octopus & chorizo, white beans & basil, was simply superb – the slowly braised octopus was so tender and flavoursome – a little bit of sunshine & we could of been on coastal spain

followed by a spiced chickpea & fennel stew with olive focaccia & basil – which m loved and had a lovely curry flavour

the bread with both of galgorm manors dishes appeared to of been fried – i found this a bit odd…. but other people may disagree!

then – tucked away in the top corner – was Dean from Uluru

who treated us to some beautiful chilli salt squid & king prawn duo with asian slaw & a mango & coriander salsa

the last time m & i went to uluru we marvelled over the mango salsa with our prawns – and we enjoyed being treated to it again!

we nipped next door and got this adorable little cone of salt & pepper scampi from the barking dog – i loved the presentation of this dish and the succulent little prawns where a treat – i look forward to my first meal here next thursday evening

as the rain began to tumble down – the ever resilient northern irish sort cover in the bar area – and the craic continued!

we rounded our early evening snacks off with a scrummy belgian choclate brownie with molly’s chocolate stout icecream – is there any thing that can’t be made better with a hilden beer???!!!???

we really enjoyed our trip to taste festival – and with arriving during the £6 entry tariff – it wasnt bad value either – Especially not with such high quality offerings

well it would of been if we hadnt managed to get a parking ticket while we where there…..

i hope everyone who ventures out to the festival this weekend enjoys themselves! let me know how you all get on!