Wine lovers will have the chance to enjoy the scents and tastes of the world’s best vineyards at Belfast’s first ever wine festival this bank holiday Monday.
The event, hosted by Saturday Kitchen star Olly Smith, will see wine experts, producers and importers from all over the world giving advice to visitors on the hottest vintages on the market.
Popping the cork at 11am, visitors can immerse themselves in the wine-producing countries of the world with the atmospheric market being divided into all of the major wine producing countries in the Old and New World.
World renowned wine expert Olly Smith will give an introductory talk before the hourly tours of the regions.
There will also be a series of educational and interactive workshops throughout the day which will cover all wines – light and fruity whites, full bodied reds, refreshing rose and exciting sparkling wines – they will all be available to taste and learn about.
Food NI and Taste of Ulster will co-ordinate live cookery demonstrations throughout the day using the freshest locally sourced produce cooked by a series of Northern Ireland’s best-loved chefs. There will also be host of international cuisine on offer.
Tickets are £15.00 for entry to the event with will include a complimentary tasting glass, wine tasting booklet and other wine related goodies. The Grand Cru tickets are priced at £55 and include a three course lunch or dinner with VIP guest Olly Smyth at St George’s Bar and Grill.
What's happening during the event
11am – Doors open
12pm – Intro from our host Olly Smith
12.30pm – Wine workshop - “How to taste wine.” Understanding your palate, A sampling of red and white wine, How to buy better wine without spending more
2.00pm – Choosing perfect wines for Summer/Autumn, A sampling of red and white wine, food and wine matching ideas
3.00pm - Roses from around the world
4.00pm - Sparkling wines - Alternatives to Champagne
5:00pm - Big Reds - New world v Old world
Ticket price: £15. For more information visit belfastwinefestival.co.uk