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Belfast Restaurant Week: terrific treats for foodies

10 quirky highlights of the city's culinary celebration

By Amanda Ferguson

A series of culinary events celebrating the best of our tasty local cuisine kicks off tomorrow.

Belfast Restaurant Week will see a selection of special dishes served up in dining rooms across the city that are sure to tickle tastebuds and satisfy the hungriest of souls.

Now in its second year, this fabulous foodie extravaganza runs from October 5-12 and involves 81 restaurants, 52 special events and 11 fringe events.

At least 40,000 diners are expected to visit the city for the festival, which includes fascinating talks and demonstrations by leading chefs, plus music and entertainment.

1 Game of Thrones Banquet – October 8-10. £25. Inspired by the hit HBO fantasy series Ryan's Bar gets a world of Westeros make-over with their dining room transformed into the Great Hall of Winterfell. Break bread and enjoy Dothraki blood pie and Dornish fare, washed down with Old Bear's hot spiced wine and lemon beer.

2 The Beef Baron's Banquet – October 10. £80. A steak lover's dream night out at SHU, Lisburn Road. Five courses of bovine brilliance prepared by chef Brian and his trusty lieutenants. Top of the menu is Fillet Steak Rossini, a quiet nod to beef nirvana, 1970s style.

3 Fawlty Towers – The Dining Experience - October 8 & 9. £39. Basil, Sybil and Manuel return to The Northern Whig with their unique dining experience. As part of the dining audience you will be hosted by Basil and served a delicious, themed three-course evening meal while immersed in two hours of largely improvised comedy theatre.

4 Local Beer Tasting Evening – October 9, 6pm. Free. Sample some wonderful locally brewed, handcrafted artisan beers at the John Hewitt Bar, Donegall Street. You will get the chance to taste beers from Hilden, Whitewater and Clanconnel Micro Brewery.

5 Michelin Takeover Night – October 7, 7.30pm. £100. Michelin-starred chef Richard Allen takes over The Barking Dog on the Malone Road for one night only. Richard will be leaving restaurant Tassili in The Grand Jersey Hotel to create a very special menu for Belfast diners.

6 Edwardian Pop Up Restaurant - October 10-12. £50. Posh Nosh welcomes you aboard the SS Nomadic docked in the Titanic Quarter to experience tastes from the Titanic times. Guests will be treated to a lavish Edwardian Banquet, showcasing the best dishes of the era and the best of Northern Irish produce.

7 Taste & Dine at City Hall – October 5 & 6, 11.30am to 7pm. Entry is free. The grounds of Belfast City Hall will be transformed into a mini food city featuring 12 pop-up restaurants. Immerse yourself in Belfast's unique foodie culture for this showcase celebration of the best of the food scene.

8 Jazz Age at Harlem – October 11 & 12. Price TBC. Re-live the Roaring Twenties with a Harlem Belfast twist. Dishes inspired by the era will be served up under the Art-Deco windows of Harlem in Bedford Street by staff resembling the gangsters and flappers from a bygone era. Enjoy live jazz music and scrumptious cocktails, from a time which saw prohibition push the liquor trade underground and gave rise to bootlegging.

9 Co Couture Dessert Club – October 10, 11 & 12, 12pm to 10pm. Prices from £5 to £12. Master chocolatier, Deirdre McCanny, will use her skills to create a 100% dessert menu inspired by the food of the gods! Visit Co Couture's chocolate boutique to enjoy a selection of hand-crafted treats using the best of fresh and natural ingredients, accompanied by hot chocolate, Suki tea or a glass of bubbles.

10 Fabulous Fashion Teas – October 12, 2pm. £30.

The opulent Merchant Hotel hosts a fabulous Fashion Tea with designer emporium Cruise. Check out the season's top-end designer collections in an intimate and indulgent way. Fashion at its most elegant.

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