Treat Your Tastebuds: Belfast’s Best Foodie Experiences

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Updated on February 17, 2024

Reviewed by Fatma Mohamed

You don’t have to just enjoy Belfast’s foodie revival from distance, there are plenty of ways you can get more ‘hands on’ and create some local flavours for yourself! 

We’ve chosen some perfect ways to roll your sleeves up and be part of the local food scene.

Make Your Own Gourmet Chocolate

Who better to teach the art of working with fine chocolate than Co Couture (Chichester Street, close to City Hall). 

This award-winning chocolatier hosts chocolate masterclass events which are as a delicious as they are great fun. 

Local newspaper The Irish News recently celebrated shop owner Dierdre McCanny by outlining her superb achievements: “A ‘gold’ champion at the International Chocolate Awards in England last year, the fresh mint and honey combo has emulated the early success of an innovative Irish whiskey truffle – her first Great Taste award winner. 

“The highest accolade to date has been a silver award presented at the International Chocolate Awards world finals in 2014, bringing an enviable top 40 ranking and placing McCanny among the best chocolatiers in the world.” 

Cook With Great Local Chefs

The list of chefs behind the superb Belfast Cookery School reads like a guide to the biggest names int the local culinary scene. 

The cookery school offers classes for all tastes and abilities, from learning to cook the perfect steak to creating Italian and French cuisine. 

Once you’ve cooked your own taste sensation your new knowledge is yours to recreate for family and friends as often as you’d like! 

Experience Seafood Cooking

The iconic Mourne Seafood Bar also offers their famous seafood cooking classes in the County Down fishing town of Kilkeel. 

The Mourne Seafood Cookery School gives guests a chance to create, learn about and enjoy superb food in the company of a local chef. 

With a string of five star TripAdvisor reviews, one couple posting some typically glowing feedback: “From start to finish it was a joy! We came away with a much greater knowledge of seafood than when we arrived and definitely much more confidence to execute the dishes at home. We had a wonderful time and look forward to a return trip.” 

Hands-on Mixology
Fitzwilliam Hotel

This one isn’t food…but something foodies will love: for a great fun way to enjoy cocktails, ask the Fitzwilliam Hotel about their mixology masterclass group events. 

The hosts promise to ‘share the secrets to mixology’: “You and your friends will learn how to build a drink, stir, shake, layer, muddle, strain, smash. And drink. 

“An expert mixologist will show you how to make a range of classic and contemporary cocktails, including margaritas, collins, daiquiris, caipirinhas, sours, mojitos, martinis and others.” 

A price of £30 per person includes wine and canapés on arrival plus two cocktails. 


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