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Jennifer Fegan, Brand manager at Calor, Phyllis Hayes of Vanilla Bean Catering and Emma Meehan, chief executive at Down Royal Racecourse

Jennifer Fegan, Brand manager at Calor, Phyllis Hayes of Vanilla Bean Catering and Emma Meehan, chief executive at Down Royal Racecourse

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Jennifer Fegan, Brand manager at Calor, Phyllis Hayes of Vanilla Bean Catering and Emma Meehan, chief executive at Down Royal Racecourse

Down Royal Racecourse, sponsor of the Best Medium Sized Business category of the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards, is bringing a unique new food festival to Northern Ireland.

Food Truck Festival, sponsored by Calor, will take place on Saturday, May 21 from 11am to 7pm and will showcase the very best of what food trucks have to offer.

Featuring the culinary delights of up to 20 artisan food trucks from all over Ireland, it’s a first-of-its-kind event for Down Royal.

Visitors to Food Truck Fest will experience the very best of local food in the Artisan Food Village hosted by Good Food NI.

There will also be live music and entertainment provided by media partner Cool FM, as well as visit the Craft Village, Picnic Area and Kids Zone with free attractions for the children.

Emma Meehan, chief executive of Down Royal Racecourse, said: “From converted horseboxes to retro campervans and vintage buses, the food truck phenomenon is becoming more and more popular, with many local businesses adapting their menus and facilities to create these new and exciting concepts.

“Food Truck Festival, in partnership with Calor, is a unique new event which gives us the opportunity to open the gates of Down Royal Racecourse to an audience outside of the regular racegoer.

“With an anticipated crowd of over 4,000 visitors, Food Truck Fest will not only provide food truck vendors with the opportunity to showcase their street food to a captive audience, but will also be a fantastic day out.”

Jennifer Fagan, Brand manager at Calor said: “The food truck concept has become one of the biggest trends in street food over the past few years and we’re really excited to announce our sponsorship of Food Truck Festival at Down Royal Racecourse.

“We look forward to bringing visitors from across Ireland together to enjoy delicious food, fun and entertainment, all in one location — the perfect day out for all the family.”

Food truck vendors will also compete to be crowned Northern Ireland Food Truck of the Year 2022 with the chance to win a pitch at Down Royal Racecourse on key race days throughout the year.

Ms Meehan said Down Royal was delighted to support the category of Best Medium Sized Business in the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards.

“Following the challenges the past two years have presented, we are proud to support medium-sized businesses who have continued to strive in these uncertain times.

“Having closed our gates during the pandemic we know what a difficult time it has been for local businesses. It meant so much to us to open our gates to owners, trainers, jockeys and racegoers for the Ladbrokes Festival of Racing in October last year. We look forward to celebrating those who, like us, have survived the pandemic and created additional opportunity.”

For full details on Food Truck Festival and to book your tickets visit www.downroyal.com

To enter the Business Awards, go to www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/businessawards/enter


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