BELFAST MELA

Taste the World

Join us on a fabulous food discovery at James Street South

Tickle your taste buds on a food journey across the globe and get hands on with our at home cook alongs, tea talk and taste workshops and a showcase of Belfast’s best chefs and producers. From east to west, there is a little something for everyone resulting in a cultural culinary experience using the finest Northern Ireland produce.

 

Location: James Street South Cookery School

What's On

Bao Bun Making with Fired

Bao Bun Making with Fired

Join David Lee from Fired as he walks you through the process of making your own Bao Buns at home, that are light and delicious with any fillings. You will get a step by step guide from making and rolling the dough, how to cook them and ideas on fillings.

11am

Bara Bakehouse

Bara Bakehouse is a small, independently run artisan bakery in the heart of Comber. Joe (the baker) is originally from Cornwall, the inspiration behind the name; Bara means "bread" in Cornish. Join Joe to find out more about yeasted/sourdough bread making

11.50am

Bara Bakehouse
Feast of Fire

Feast of Fire

Back by popular demand is our eye watering curry eating competition guaranteed to challenge even the most fiery food lovers. The contest will feature different rounds where contestants will be challenged by dishes created by our very own Mela chef!

12.30pm

Taquitos

Taquitos was brought to life back in 2018 by Gary Quinn who had originally flew off to Florida back in 2016 honing his skills as a chef by learning from two 3 star Michelin trained chefs. Gary had also staged at the Three Restaurant in Miami for 7 months under the watchful eye of Norman Van Aken and chef de cuisine Miguel Massens. Due to complications with his visa extension, Gary found himself heading back to Belfast. Already inspired by Mexican food and having spent a lot of time eating at Mexican restaurants and street food trucks…Taquitos was born.

2.30pm

Taquitos

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The Art of Cooking: Looking Beyond the Plate

Get your best cooking skills at the ready with our free recipe book created together with refugees and asylum seekers living in Belfast. Every culture has its favourite recipes, and in this book you’ll find dishes from Syria, Sudan and…

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Tea Leaf Reading

Tea leaf reader Rosie Lee (aka actress Rosie McClelland) delves to the bottom of the cuppas of some of ArtsEkta’s Board and staff for a light hearted look at what the future holds! Run a pot of loose leaf Earl…

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Tea Leaf Reading

Blackfire Artisanal Chilli Sauces

Blackfire Artisan Food is the result of 30 years of global travel and tasting by Belfast native, street artist, grower, sauce alchemist, and chilli fanatic Tim McCarthy. Join Tim to hear about his journeys and tales, and the secrets behind…

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Blackfire Artisanal Chilli Sauces

Tea Talks Series: Sirocco Works

We are pleased to welcome Eric Woods who will discuss the life and achievements of Sir Samuel Davidson, founder of the Sirocco Works. In 1863 Samuel Davidson travelled to India, at the tender age of 17, to grow tea, he…

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Tea Talks Series: Sirocco Works

BBC’s Best Home Cook – Suzie Lee

Suzie is an accountant from Northern Ireland who was crowned BBC’s Best Home Cook in 2020. She’s been cooking since she was young when she used to help out in her family’s Chinese takeaway. Her cooking style is hearty family…

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BBC’s Best Home Cook – Suzie Lee

Virtual Belfast Oyster Experience

The Belfast Oyster Experience are passionate about local food, and especially the classic pairing of Guinness and Oysters. The experience is hosted by husband and wife, Lee and Aoife, and showcases the best local and sustainable produce Belfast has to…

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Virtual Belfast Oyster Experience

Bia Rebel

Bia Rebel is Northern Ireland’s only real ramen shop, serving handmade noodles and delicious broth made from the best local ingredients. Join owner Brian Donnelly as he gives you a guided demonstration into the traditions of ramen.

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Bia Rebel

Into the Wild: Tea Foraging Walk

Journey into Belfast woodlands with Clare McQuillan, a freelance chef and foraging guide based in East Belfast. Through her educational foraging walks Clare hopes to show off the best seasonal and sustainable wild ingredients and also demonstrate how to make…

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Into the Wild: Tea Foraging Walk

The Tale of Suki Tea

Belfast Boutique Loose Leaf Tea Blender, Suki Tea, first set up in 2005 by business partners Anne Irwin and Oscar Woolley, ethically source and blend loose leaf teas, herbal infusions and fruit blends from all over the world. Hear more…

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The Tale of Suki Tea

Make Your Own Mango Lassi

Join the founder of the Belfast Mela, Nisha Tandon, as she prepares the exotic Indian summer drink of Mango Lassi in the tropical surroundings of The Palm House at Botanic Gardens. U105 presenter Carolyn Stewart will talk to Nisha about…

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Make Your Own Mango Lassi

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