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Food fans in heaven with tasty festivals

Belfast food-lovers were in heaven this weekend with two of Northern Ireland's most exciting outdoor gourmet food festivals.

Those with a taste for the finer things braved the unpredictable weather to dine al fresco in Belfast's Botanic Gardens.

The Sizzle festival showcased the talents of many of Northern Ireland's top chefs, treating visitors to a wide range of sweet and savoury delights.

Bursts of sunny weather helped revellers enjoy a range of cuisine from local chefs including Alan Higginson from Belfast's No 27 Talbot Street and Danny Millar, who previously represented Northern Ireland on the BBC show Great British Menu.

Upmarket Aussie-style barbecue was also on offer from Armagh's Uluru Bistro, as those with a penchant for meat were treated to griddled kangaroo.

Live music and a full bar kept families from across Northern Ireland entertained as they chowed down on all manner of dishes, including barbecued banoffee bananas. The outdoor event finishes today.

Meanwhile, the Springtime continental market landed at Belfast City Hall this weekend, bringing 100 traders from across Europe.

On offer was the usual plethora of French crepes, Belgian waffles and buffalo burgers all washed down with a range of German beers.

Today is the last day of the market which is open from 10am to 6pm.

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