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Belfast food tour awarded five stars for quality

By Rachel Martin

Published 22/11/2016

Tourism NI chief executive John McGrillen:
Tourism NI chief executive John McGrillen: "Food and drink experiences have become increasingly important to tourism as they offer destinations an opportunity to celebrate indigenous foods"

Taste & Tour NI's Belfast Food Tour has become the region's first to be awarded a five-star rating by Tourism NI.

So far this year, the company's four-hour venture through Belfast has already attracted more than 2,000 visitors.

Belfast Food Tour was given the accreditation under the Tourism NI grading scheme designed to provide visitors with information on the quality of the region's tourist attractions.

To achieve a star rating, experiences are subject to an unannounced mystery assessment and are marked across six categories.

Tourism Northern Ireland chief executive John McGrillen said: "Food and drink experiences have become increasingly important to tourism as they offer destinations an opportunity to celebrate indigenous foods.

"Within the four-hour walking Belfast Food Tour, visitors have over 20 opportunities to experience and sample our local produce, and are involved in talks and demonstrations from local artisans and producers, encouraging sales and repeat usage."

Caroline Wilson, founder of Belfast Food Tour said: "Whilst we started with only a few locals, customers are now coming from all over the world as well as a lot of local businesses looking for a new experience. It's wonderful to witness the interest in Northern Ireland produce continue to grow.

"As the first Tourism NI quality assessed five-star food tour in Northern Ireland, it really shows us that we are not only getting things right, but we are up there with the best attractions here."

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