Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 1 October 2014

Alongside colourful displays of thousands of prize blooms, there will be tempting dishes of the finest local and international food and drink to sample

Flowers, fun and food on the gourmet menu

Belfast's picturesque Botanic Gardens will be the destination for gardeners and gastronomes alike next weekend, when the fifth annual 'Garden Gourmet' festival takes place.

Belfast's picturesque Botanic Gardens will be the destination for gardeners and gastronomes alike next weekend, when the fifth annual 'Garden Gourmet' festival takes place.

Alongside colourful displays of thousands of prize blooms, there will be tempting dishes of the finest local and international food and drink to sample.

There also will be a packed entertainment programme over the whole weekend.

Belfast City Council's Autumn Flower Show is the biggest flower show in the province's calendar. Now in its 25th year, there will be displays of thousands of colourful prize blooms, alongside exhibits of amazing monster-size vegetables and other delights from local gardens, allotments, greenhouses, wine cellars and beehives.

Northern Ireland Seafood will be hosting cookery demonstrations, at which some of the top local chefs will be sharing tips, secrets and recipe ideas.

But the event also offers entertainment for all ages, including Punch and Judy, a magic show, giant puppets, face painting, caricatures, badge making workshops, a climbing wall and live bands.

For those wishing to experience nature at first hand you can take an expedition through the Tropical Ravine (at a small additional charge).

If all that's a bit much, visitors can simply enjoy a relaxing stroll through the gardens or listen to live music from the bandstand.

The opening hours are 12.30-6pm each day and admission is £3 (£2 concession rate), with accompanied children free of charge. No dogs, except guide dogs, will be allowed.

Botanic Gardens will be closed for general access for the duration of the event, although access to the Ulster Museum will be maintained throughout the weekend.

Entrance to the event will be via Stranmillis Road, College Park (at the top of Botanic Avenue) or Stranmillis Embankment (beside the playground).

Further information is available from the Belfast Welcome Centre, tel: 9024 6609.

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