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Belfast on National Geographic list of Where to Travel for Food in 2016

St George’s Market in Belfast
St George’s Market in Belfast

By Claire Cromie

National Geographic has heaped praise on Belfast's vibrant food scene, recommending it on a list of places to travel for food in 2016.

The travel magazine editors scour the globe to tell readers about hot destinations - and they've picked out Northern Ireland in its top 10.

"Pub culture has always been strong here, but now residents are learning to appreciate craft beer thanks to the Hilden Brewing Company, while local restaurants Ox and EIPIC were recently awarded Michelin stars," states the guide.

"Belfast’s easy access to top-notch food products keeps the local culinary scene buzzing. Northern Ireland’s immaculate farmland yields heirloom produce, grass-fed meats, and dairy fit for artisan cheesemaking, while shellfish and salmon are harvested from the surrounding seas."

Read more: 10 Northern Ireland foods every one of us should try

The good news comes hot on the heels of the launch of "Northern Ireland's Year of Food and Drink" - the tourist board's drive to promote the province as a foodie destination.

National Geographic recommended sampling the “Taste of Ulster” board at Robinson & Cleaver, and going on the Belfast Food Tour.

However, local businesses may take issue with it stating "many pubs and some restaurants are closed on Sundays", which has not been the case for some decades.

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Series of mouthwatering events in Northern Ireland to launch a big year  

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Happy Crisp-mas! Staggering 1 MILLION bags of Tayto sent worldwide for Northern Ireland expats

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