Belfast Design Week returns with culinary design treats

After a successful first year, Belfast Design Week is set to return to the city this year with an extended programme from Friday 5th – Friday 11th November 2016. The festival aims to highlight and celebrate Belfast’s thriving creative and innovation sectors with a week-long itinerary of independent and fringe events held in various locations through the city.

This year to support the NI Year of Food and Drink, Belfast Design Week has incorporated several food focused events to showcase local talent for culinary design and Belfast’s creative hospitality sector. Two of these core events include the festival’s opening night event Design Dinner taking place at General Merchants 361 on Saturday 5th November, and the Homegrown event running on Tuesday 8th November at Brewbot.

To kick off the festival, guests of the opening night Design Dinner will enjoy a three-course sharing supper with paired wine while mingling with other design enthusiasts and listening to the event’s keynote speaker illustrator Paul Ryding. Upon arrival at artisan restaurant General Merchants 361 in South Belfast guests will receive a signature cocktail before settling down for an evening of feasting and celebrating Belfast’ vibrant design scene.

Design Week favourite Homegrown will return to the schedule this year for an afternoon of inspirational talks from some of NI’s top emerging and established designers. Blending together design experts from a range of backgrounds, Belfast Design Week is delighted to welcome Danni Barry, Michelin Star Chef at Deanes Eipic to the bill. Discussing her culinary journey and the art of recipe and food presentation design, Danni’s talk is sure to give delegates some food for thought.

Catherine McGinnis, Belfast Design Week co-founder said: “This year we’ve curated a real feast for design enthusiasts with events covering a wide range of design disciplines. Belfast’s food and hospitality scene is booming and we wanted to celebrate this in our programme. The Design Dinner and Homegrown present another strand of idea architecture and will hopefully encourage people to re-consider how design fits into everyday life.”

In addition to these events, the Belfast Design Week programme includes a diverse series of events to cater to all tastes including graphic design, web design, craft, fashion, film and much more. For further information on the Belfast Design Week programme and to purchase tickets visit