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Top Northern Ireland food firms on show at Belfast festival

By Staff Reporter

Some of Northern Ireland's top food companies will descend on Belfast next weekend for this year's Tesco Taste Festival.

Around 60 food and drink firms will pack Custom House Square from next Friday, September 16, for the three-day event.

Firms such as Tayto and Morelli's Ice Cream will be on show, along with a FoodNI cookery theatre and live music.

Tesco marketing manager in Northern Ireland, Caoimhe Mannion, said the event was the showpiece in the ongoing Tesco Taste NI campaign, during the Northern Ireland Year of Food and Drink.

"The Tesco Taste Festival forms part of our 2016 support programme for Northern Ireland Year of Food and Drink, valued at half a million pounds.

"But every year, we assist food producers and suppliers in a wide variety of ways via artisan programmes, multi-store sampling, food fairs, listing opportunities, in-store promotion and more."

The Tesco Taste Festival is currently in its eighth year. The event, which is organised annually by Tesco in partnership with its local suppliers, showcases the diversity of the Northern Ireland's food producers.

This year's event will also feature the Ark Open Farm's petting zoo. a climbing wall, and appearances from mascots such as Mr Tayto. Other products and producers making an appearance include beer maker Whitewater, along with bread and bun businesses such as Genesis Crafty.

The event runs from September 16 to 18 at Custom House Square in Belfast city centre.

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