Belfast Telegraph

On the grapevine - August 19


Belfast bred tour

Take part in a dramatic tour of the city’s cuisine from past to present

Running every Friday and Saturday, until Saturday September 18, the tour leaves Sawers Deli, College Street at 10.15am and ends in St George’s Market at 12.45pm

On this walking tour, you’ll sample the delights of Belfast food and discover the city’s fascinating culinary history in the company of Barney, a chef from RMS Titanic — who will recounts stories of the Edwardian city he knew and discover the world-class food and drink available throughout modern Belfast.

This mouth-watering dramatic tour includes free samples at each location. Among the site drop off points include the famous Belfast Bap — dulse and other gourmet delights at the century-old Sawers Deli, established in 1897, and mouth-watering seafood at the award-winning Mourne Seafood Bar, washed down with locally-brewed beers at the John Hewitt pub.

Tickets: £20 — book online at or phone 028 9024 6609

Calling daredevils

Northern Ireland Hospice is appealing to daredevils from all over Northern Ireland to join in a breathtaking abseil down the Europa Hotel, Belfast, on Sunday September 19.

Each year Northern Ireland Hospice cares for over 3000 adults, children and young people living with a life-threatening illness not only at the Hospice but also in their own home. Services are available 24 hours a day, every day of the year and all care is provided free of charge.

Fundraiser for Northern Ireland Hospice, Karen Dunlop, commented: “This event offers a popular and exciting challenge at one of the city’s best known landmarks. Spaces are filling up fast and I would urge anyone who is interested to sign up now to avoid disappointment. Each year Northern Ireland Hospice needs to raise £8m to run its services and with limited government funding, we rely heavily on the support and generosity of the local NI community.”

To secure your place on this abseil and for further information on lots of other exciting ways to support the work of Hospice, please contact Karen Dunlop, Community Fundraising Team on 028 9078 1836 or email


Classic night to remember

Newtownabbey Borough Council is delighted to announce that ‘Live Classics in the Park’ will return to the Shoreline Festival on Monday August 30 — music commencing at 7.30pm.

The outstanding line-up will feature Adriano Graziani (Tenor), Charlotte Kinder (Soprano), David Kempster (Baritone) and Ingrid Surgenor (Piano), all of whom are internationally renowned.

Lisa O’Kane, who has organised the event, explains: “This is our fourth Classics in the Park and it just gets bigger and better each year. We want to show that classical songs and opera can be enjoyed by all.

“The programme is designed to appeal to both fans of opera and to those who are just curious, with the programme including popular arias and songs from well known musicals and opera.”

Admission is free and the evening concludes with a fireworks extravaganza on the lough shore. For a special touch, why not pack a picnic, but remember that glass containers and bottles are not permitted. So, dress for the weather and enjoy a night to remember!

Free park and ride will be available from Hazelbank Park.

For further information visit, follow Shoreline Festival on Facebook or telephone Lisa O’Kane, Tourism & Events Manager, 028 9034 0052.

find your family tree

The North of Ireland Family History Society, Newtownabbey branch, is running a couple of classes for people who want to start researching their family tree. The class for beginners will be on Monday August 23 from 6.30pm to 7.45pm.

Anyone wishing to come along would need to book with library staff as places are limited. Contact Glengormley Library on 028 90833797.


Cancer support sessions

Northern Ireland’s leading local cancer charity, Action Cancer, is currently offering a series of information and support sessions for those affected by cancer.

The sessions will run every Wednesday from 1 – 29 September at Action Cancer House, 1 Marlborough Park, Belfast (6 – 9pm) and aim to assist those affected and their families to re-adjust to life with cancer, and equally importantly, life after cancer.

Elizabeth Boyd, Action Cancer’s Training and Development Officer said: “There is a world of issues that can arise following a cancer diagnosis and these sessions will aim to address them in a practical way so that people can feel empowered and able to move forward. People can attend all five sessions or any they feel will be of most benefit to them and their situation.”

The first session (Wednesday September 1) will look at counselling and therapeutic support. Participants will get the opportunity to sample some complementary therapy at the end of the session.

If you would like more information or you are interested in attending please contact Elizabeth Boyd at Action Cancer on 9080 3351 or

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