BBC Good Food Show coming to Belfast with Bake Off's Paul Hollywood, The Hairy Bikers and James Martin
Attention food fans - the BBC Good Food show is coming to Belfast with celebrity chef stars the Hairy Bikers, James Martin. Paul Hollywood and Paul Rankin.
The announcement was made at the launch of a tourism drive to promote Northern Ireland's locally produced food and drink at Belfast's Ulster Hall.
It is part of the Year of Food and Drink 2016 initiative, which has a different theme for every month, and has promised to put food and drink at the heart of the visitor experience.
The event will take place from 14-16 October 2016 at the Waterfront Hall Belfast and will present some of the nation’s favourite chefs, the region’s very best producers of food, drink and artisan products and state of the art kitchenware and gadgets.
Foodies should get excited as there will be plenty of inspiration at the show as fans will get to watch their favourite celebrity chefs cooking up a storm live on stage.
The BBC says to expect a new programme of inspiring cookery demonstrations as your favourite chefs show off their latest recipes live on stage.
Those lucky enough to get tickets will get to see Si King and Dave Myers, aka The Hairy Bikers, who have been cooking together for more than twenty years.
As well as Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood - the son of a baker Paul went on to become head baker at some of the most exclusive hotels including Cliveden, Chester Grosvenor and The Dorchester where he gained a reputation as an innovator and one of the country’s finest artisan bakers.
He is well-known for judging alongside Mary Berry on the popular BBC programme.
They will also be joined by TV chef favourite James Martin whose TV career began in 1996 when he became a regular team member on Ready Steady Cook and went on to present Saturday Kitchen.
There will also be an interview stage where fans will get to hear and learn more from their favourite TV chefs as well as book signings.
Tourism NI Chairman Terence Brannigan said: "Tourism NI is delighted to be joining with the BBC Good Food Show for what will be a three year sponsorship commencing in 2016.
"Northern Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink 2016 is set to highlight, celebrate and capitalise on our wonderful food and drink stories so it is fitting that the BBC Good Food Show commences its three year run this year.
"The BBC Good Food Show will provide an ideal platform to showcase our award winning food and drink producers, place the spotlight on our talented chefs and celebrated restaurants, and spread the word about Northern Ireland as a fantastic destination.
"I am confident the BBC Good Food Show will make a significant contribution both to Year of Food and Drink 2016 and to the wider economy, helping us to deliver on our long-term aims for tourism to the end of the decade and beyond."
Publishing Director at BBC Worldwide Chris Kerwin said, “We’re delighted that the BBC Good Food Show Northern Ireland is opening next Autumn. Over time each BBC Good Food Show develops a unique personality, and we believe that this one will be no different.
"With a strong emphasis on local produce, local talent and the Belfast Waterfront as its backdrop, the BBC Good Food Show Northern Ireland is set to be an unmissable event for any foodie’s diary.”