BELFAST MELA

Feast of Fire

Do you dare to feel the heat? Mela’s Feast of Fire is a taste-tastic celebration of the chilli in all it’s glory!

Curated by Belfast native and street artist Tim McCarthy, Feast of Fire is an eclectic mix of music, hot food and spicy entertainment, all in the name of the chilli-pepper. Crazy chilli-eating competitions, demonstrations and sauce sampling makes for one hotter than hell taste experience.

What's On

Green Fingers Family

Green Fingers Family

Green Fingers Family is a local, artisan, multi-award-winning food production business based in Larne, Co Antrim owned by husband-and-wife team Andrea and Zsolt Bohar. They make 100% natural granolas (no additives, preservatives, or processed sugars, only natural ingredients), energy balls, and healthy, refined sugar-free snacks.

Blackfire Foods

Blackfire Artisan Food is the result of 30 years of travel and tasting by Belfast native, street artist, grower, sauce alchemist, and chilli fanatic Tim McCarthy. Having eaten street food in Central and North America, Africa, the Far East and the Middle East as well as most of Europe and the Indian subcontinent Tim founded Blackfire in 2014 to satiate his appetite for fiery food.

Blackfire Foods
Chef Sean Craig

Chef Sean Craig

Sean worked in Nick’s Warehouse for 18 years and in the last 5 became Head chef. Hey won the Fate Awards Chef of the Year in 2006 and went on to be the Chef in Ginger Bistro after Nick’s Warehouse sadly closed. Sean is now enjoying being a chef in daytime eateries where he can dedicate my evenings to being a daddy and family man.

Chilli Eating Competition

It's back! The amazing Mela chilli eating competition returns for its fourth year with a line up of competitive rounds to challenge even the most fiery food lover. Can you handle the hat?

Chilli Eating Competition
BCC Great British Menu John Holywood

BCC Great British Menu John Holywood

John Hollywood lives in Bangor Northern Ireland. He has been a chef for 18 years and has worked in most of the top restaurants in Belfast. John represented Northern Ireland in the great British menu in 2023. He is always pushing and looking for the next exciting flavour, ingredient or product and he will create a feast of fire specialty to be demonstrated using Blackfire Hot Sauce

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