Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 26 October 2014

Belfast's first ever wine festival is sparkling success

TV presenter and wine expert Olly Smith in action at the Belfast wine festival
TV presenter and wine expert Olly Smith in action at the Belfast wine festival

Bank holiday Monday saw over 2,000 thousand wine lovers flock to St George’s Market, to the first ever Belfast Wine Festival hosted by Saturday Kitchen star, Olly Smith.

Dozens of food, book and wine stalls were on display from producers importers from across the world.

Food NI and Taste of Ulster were on-hand to host live cookery demonstrations throughout the day using the freshest locally sourced produce cooked by local chef Lizzie Kennedy.

Popping the cork at 11am, visitors immersed 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 wooed the crowds divulging his best kept wine secrets, hosting a number of interactive workshops throughout the day as well as hosting a three course lunch at St George’s Bar & Grill.

Organiser Barry Rollins said that they he was delighted with the success of the event: "We are absolutely blown away by today's response to the event. We plan to make this an annual event with plans underway for a bigger and better event next year.

"We want to thank the exhibitors and everyone who made the effort to come down to support us."

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