Belfast Telegraph

Local fare to fore in new Belfast food and drink festival

By John Mulgrew

A host of top food and drink producers are hosting a new festival in south Belfast.

Focal Festival is a two-day open-air event coming to Crescent Gardens, just off Botanic Avenue.

It's a collaboration between Northern Ireland businesses Copeland Spirits, Harland Wines, Bullhouse Beer and Gallopers Craft Beer.

Those behind the festival say it was set up after a discussion between the four companies about the difficulty of being able to showcase their products at outdoor events.

The two-day event runs on Friday, June 30 and Saturday, July 1.

Around nine music acts will perform across both days. Organisers say it is being supported by a number of other food and drink companies, including Jawbox Gin, Ruby Blue Spirits, Tempted Cider, Farmageddon and Yardsman.

Co Down business Harland Wines is one of the companies behind the festival.

The company was set up by Adam McCullough and Simon Bryans from Holywood, who sell their wines into some of Northern Ireland's top restaurants.

Meanwhile, Bullhouse Beer is a Newtownards brewery set up by William Mayne.

It produces a range of beers, including a potato saison, India pale ale, and imperial coffee stout.

Copeland Gin was launched just last year, after a successfully crowd-funding campaign.

The Saintfield business produces gin infused with fresh fruit.

Declan Holmes, son of television presenter and broadcaster Eamonn Holmes, is the man behind craft beer brand Gallopers Craft Beer.

Belfast Telegraph