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Seventh annual event planned for Belfast’s Custom House Square from 18-20 September
 
More than 60 local food and drink companies – including three first time exhibitors –  to afford the public a chance to sample innovative products
 
Belfast’s Custom House Square will once again be filled with mouth-watering aromas and the very best in local food and drink when ‘foodie’ fans attend this year’s Tesco Taste Festival from 18-20 September.
 
Now in its seventh year the event is firmly established as the largest of its kind in the province with around 20,000 people expected to visit over the weekend. Amongst the new exhibitors will be Hughes Mushrooms, Granny Braids, and Maine.
 
As well as 60+ local exhibitors, many of whom are launching new products, the Festival boasts lots of delicious free-to-sample food and drink plus entertainment, a petting zoo and a climbing wall. Much loved local favourites Mr Tayto and Mr Morelli will be in attendance and U105 will be hosting a radio roadshow from 1150 on Saturday morning. A number of well known local chefs will also be doing cookery demonstrations in conjunction with Food NI. 
 
Tesco NI Marketing Manager Caoimhe Mannion said the event was the showpiece in the annual Tesco Taste NI campaign and it underlined the retailer’s credentials as a ‘force for good food’ in Northern Ireland.
 
“As the largest purchaser of NI food and drink we’re proud to say our commitment to local just gets bigger and better each year.
 
“All our Tesco fresh pork, chicken and beef, milk and eggs sold locally are sourced locally.  Through our suppliers this benefits thousands of farming families across Northern Ireland. 
 
“Each year we spend in excess of £580m on around 1200 lines from approximately 90 local suppliers. This event is significant for the entire agrifood sector and presents a genuine opportunity for local companies to get their brands and products in front of consumers of all ages.”
 
The opening hours for the Tesco Taste Festival are:
Friday 18 September (2pm-8pm)
Saturday 19 September (10am-6pm)
Sunday 20 September (11am5pm
For updates on the spectacular event log on and keep checking http://www.facebook.com/tastenorthernireland.

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