Knives and forks at the ready - 'Treat Week 2018' is hot on our heels! The weeklong celebration of the tastiest eateries across Lisburn & Castlereagh takes place from Saturday 24th February to Saturday 3rd March inclusive, featuring one-off food and drink offerings in eateries from Moira to Dundonald.
To help you indulge in the tastiest deals on offer, we've narrowed down our top picks into one 'easy to digest' menu.
Here's a taste of some top picks from Treat Week.
Not from around these parts? Fear not! Treat Week has teamed up with Translink to offer adventurous foodies the chance to indulge in two new gastro trails - one in Hillsborough and the other in Moira. Ditch the car and hop on the Translink Travel Centre Gastro Trail coach from Belfast city centre to get a hassle-free taste of some of the area's finest dining spots. There's food & drink matching, chefs' masterclasses and a few surprises along the way. Be sure to book quickly as places are strictly limited to 30 tickets for each tour. Bus departs from Translink Buscentre, Great Victoria Street, Belfast at 6.30pm and returns at 11pm. Dates & Price: Hillsborough Gastro Trail, Wed 28 Feb, £42; Moira Gastro Trail, Thurs 01 March, £38, both subject to booking fees. Book here: https://hillsboroughgastrotrail.eventbrite.co.uk https://moiragastrotrail.eventbrite.co.uk
Fan of farmer's markets? There are not one, but three fantastic markets taking place during Treat Week, each brimming with seasonal produce, entertainment and special cooking demonstrations from local chefs. Check out the Inns Market in Newtownbreda, Lisburn's Penny Square Variety Market, and the special 'Treat Week BYO Twilight Market', the first ever for Penny Square.
Keen to bring a taste of 'Treat Week' home? Learn new skills to put to work in your own kitchen with the help of Forestside Cookery School. Throughout Treat Week Chef Jeffers will help you master the art of two foodie favourites even the most talented chefs struggle with - bread and chocolate. If you're more of a 'watch and learn' person, there's an interactive 'Demo & Dine' evening too.
All the greatest chefs have to start somewhere. If you like to be in early on a rising star, South East Regional College's pop-up restaurant at The Linen Room in Lisburn on Tuesday 27 February is the place to be. Run exclusively by the region's top student chefs, diners at this one-off showcase supper will enjoy a four-course fine dining menu featuring locally-sourced produce. Eyes peeled for that future Michelin-starred chef at just £14.95 it is the perfect excuse for a Tuesday night Treat!
The StillHouse, a newly-opened restaurant in Moira from the owners of Hughes Craft Distillery, will launch their eagerly-awaited steak menu during Treat Week. Supplied by Carnbrooke Meats, the menu features a mouth-watering range of melt-in-the-mouth 28-day matured, Irish grass-fed beef, seasoned and charcoal grilled to perfection. If that sounds like a bit of you, head across and pair it with a crisp RubyBlue vodka cocktail, another speciality of The StillHouse.
There are offers and deals throughout Treat Week in a variety of cafes, pubs and restaurants in Lisburn, Castlereagh, Moira, Dundonald, Carryduff and Newtownbreda. Here's a full week of picks:
And remember, simply mention Treat Week at any eatery in the area between Saturday 24 February and 03 March to hear what's available.