The event, which is the brainchild of Roger Gowdy & Deepak Samson , self confessed coffee lovers, is a celebration of the vibrant coffee culture in Northern Ireland, and will also play host to Northern Ireland’s Barista Championship 2015. Roger (pictured) says;
“The coffee culture in Northern Ireland is fast becoming an integral part of people’s lives, and people’s expectations of being served a wide range of good quality coffee in our local cafes and restaurants is increasing. NI Coffee Festival will create an opportunity for local roasters and independent artisan coffee shops to showcase and serve up some of the best coffee you’ve ever tasted and for those who prefer tea, some of the finest, freshly brewed tea will also be on offer. We’re delighted that NI Coffee Festival has received backing from sponsors Sanremo, Food NI and our venue partner T13. ”
Ryan Watson(pictured), barista at Belfast’s Miel et Moi Licensed Patisserie, is excited about taking part in the Barista Championship and hoping to win the top prize of a trip to Italy.
“I can’t wait to compete in the Championship and put my skills to the test. It’s great that this event is happening in Belfast, giving local baristas the chance to showcase what we do. It’ll be an experience to remember!”
The festival will feature live coffee roasting, a photo exhibition of fairtrade coffee cooperatives, expert talks, artisan coffee, tea and gourmet food stalls, tastings and demonstrations from top roasters, barista competitions, cinema, street food, coffee infused live music and much more. There will also be sports and arts activities on offer for children and young people at the event. Roger and Deepak were keen to support local charity work through the event, and are pleased to be donating a portion of the ticket income to the NI Hospice.
Chris Lyttle MLA for the Alliance Party (pictured) has welcomed the creation of NI Coffee Festival. He says;
“Many of the major cities across Europe have been hosting Coffee Festivals for a number of years and it’s great that Northern Ireland is now hosting their own dedicated festival. This event will undoubtedly attract tourists to the city and simultaneously celebrate and promote independent companies. The location of the festival is also perfect as the Titanic Quarter is one of Belfast’s most popular tourist destinations and the festival will not only encourage more tourists to visit the area in September, but I’m confident that people from all over Northern Ireland will also want to attend. It will be a great family day out too, with plenty for young and old to do, see and taste!”
Tickets are just £6.00 and available online, children aged 12 and under go free. Tickets include a voucher for a complimentary coffee or tea at the festival.
For further information check out www.nicoffeefestival.com