Local gift guide: Five Christmas present ideas for the foodie in your life
In Northern Ireland, food is the way to many a persons' heart – and what better time to put that tactic to use than the festive season.
Whether you’re shopping for the amateur chef, the wine aficionado, the restaurant critic or the tricky to buy for, our foodie-focused gift list has you covered.
ancy your cheese chances
If you’re shopping for someone who agrees that great cheese is as important to Christmas as the turkey, then Mike's Fancy Cheese will be a welcomed addition to your radar.
One of the newest producers on NI’s artisan scene, founder Michael Thomson has combined traditional cheese-making methods with his own creative prowess to deliver a new, raw-milk, blue cheese known as Young Buck.
Pop into the Mike’s cheesemongers on Little Donegal St to sample Young Buck and an array of other cheese varieties to create a hamper of cheese, breads and more.
For more information visit mfcheese.com
In good taste
Belfast-based food and drink experience company Taste and Tour is ideal for the culinary-curious and those who love exploring.
All experiences see guests enjoy an on-foot, expertly-guided tour to some of Belfast City’s best-loved and often undiscovered hotspots. The 'City Cocktail Circuit’ explores Belfast’s growing cocktail culture taking in five venues, seven cocktails, and some bite-sized culinary delights.
The grazing-style ‘5-stop Brunch’ is a novel experience incorporating the must-have elements of a classic brunch such as waffles and Mimosa but in not one, but five of the city's finest restaurants and quirky cafes over three hours.
‘Crafty Beers and Street Eats’ is led by Taste and Tour’s resident beer expert and helps beer lovers learn all about the local craft beer scene and emerging street food trends.
The new tours start at £55 per person and will run from January and are available to purchase now along with gift vouchers at tasteandtour.co.uk
Subscribe your mate to mystery
The ethos of Comber eatery Indie Füde has always been pretty simple – everything Irish, everything independent. But now, it’s become even simpler to help the foodie in your life discover new foodie far – not just for this festive season but year-round.
Indie Füde’s ‘Mysteries’ subscription will deliver the newest and tastiest indie goodies straight to your loved one’s door every month in a beautifully presented hamper. Just some of the brands it stocks include White Mausu, Noisy Snacks, Abernethy Butter and Soak.
Visit indiefude.com for more information.
Make it a white Christmas
Anyone who takes themselves seriously in the kitchen needs chef whites and chef knives. The Chef Shop on Wellington Place is a one-stop shop for professionals and the general public and is a treasure trove of cooking tools so regardless of your budget, you’re sure to find an ideal gift here.
We’re quite fond of this Short Sleeve Jacket we spotted for just £16.99 including free embroidery in a range of thread colours. If your budget is a little higher, we’re pretty sure this Leather Knife Case with gold hardware and shoulder strap for £150.00, with space for up to 16 utensils, would go down in history as one of the greatest gifts of all time.
For more information visit thechefshop.net
Give the gift of choice
The Eat and Drink Belfast Restaurant Voucher is ideal if you know a foodie but can’t quite put your finger on what to get them. Voucher start at just £10 so you can go big or give a token and recipients can put it toward any of the 50 participating eateries – from the Michelin-starred Muddler’s Club to the city classic, Coppi.
To purchase head to visitbelfast.com.
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