Pam's People: Sun was shining in Hadskis for Lidl's new Spanish food and wine

Katie Larmour & Cathy Martin at Lidl’s Sol&Mar event, bringing the tastes and flavours of the Iberian Peninsula to Hadskis restaurant in Belfast to launch an exciting new range of Iberian cuisine.
Katie Larmour & Cathy Martin at Lidl’s Sol&Mar event, bringing the tastes and flavours of the Iberian Peninsula to Hadskis restaurant in Belfast to launch an exciting new range of Iberian cuisine.
Claire Moran & Aiofe Clarke at Lidl’s Sol&Mar event, bringing the tastes and flavours of the Iberian Peninsula to Hadskis restaurant in Belfast to launch an exciting new range of Iberian cuisine.
Colin Bowles & Claire Lorimer at Lidl’s Sol&Mar event, bringing the tastes and flavours of the Iberian Peninsula to Hadskis restaurant in Belfast to launch an exciting new range of Iberian cuisine.
Ashleigh Addis & Leticia Alvarez at Lidl’s Sol&Mar event, bringing the tastes and flavours of the Iberian Peninsula to Hadskis restaurant in Belfast to launch an exciting new range of Iberian cuisine.
Rachel Mathews, Lynsey Blair and Heather Gibson sample a little taste of Long Island luxury
Tracey Hall and Hannah Colledge in the rooftop garden
Alan Reid and Lynn McCabe celebrate Independence Day
Emma Stevenson, Richard Graham and Shaniece Nesbitt at the launch of the Wilgar Rock 'n' Blues Festival
Liz Reeves and Gordon Floyd (right) present Kenny McDowell from Skaboo with a a lifetime achievement award
Catherine Smyth and Ryan Dunlop enjoy the preview
Stephen Dornan, Gregg Thompson and Clare Mullin enjoy canapes and cocktails in the new events venue in the Merchant Hotel

The one thing that has been a wee bit scarce so far this summer is the sun, but it was shining in Hadskis in Commercial Court thanks to Lidl Northern Ireland who brought the flavours of the Iberian Peninsula to the restaurant courtesy of its new range Sol&Mar.

The Portugese and Spanish tapas went down a treat and were perfectly complimented by the Spanish vino with top tips from wine expert Peter Wilson.

Summertime is festival time and in East Belfast from 25 to 27 July its will be the turn of the third Wilgar Rock & Blues Festival taking place in the massive marquee at Dundela Football club. It was launched in style at Horation Todds with a taster gig featuring Rab McCullough, The Late 2s, Blues Direct and Tree Home but this is not just a festival for grown ups as there will be lots for the kids too.

The latest reincarnation of the Merchant Hotel’s Rooftop Garden has a Hamptons theme, the Hamptons being the luxurious part of Long Island where the rich and famous in the States choose to have their holiday homes, so it was the ideal venue to celebrate American Independence Day. With appropriately theme canapés and cocktails you could have been forgiven for thinking your yacht was moored at the end of the pier.

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