Cooking up a feast: Treat Week hailed a great success

Chef Gerard Magill, Meet & Thyme, Hillsborough, Joanne McErlain, Treat Week organiser and Councillor Uel Mackin, Chairman of the council's Development Committee, show off some of the outstanding local ingredients used in preparing seasonal dishes during Lisburn & Castlereagh's Treat Week.

Chef Gerard Magill, Meet & Thyme, Hillsborough, Joanne McErlain, Treat Week organiser and Councillor Uel Mackin, Chairman of the council's Development Committee, show off some of the outstanding local ingredients used in preparing seasonal dishes during Lisburn & Castlereagh's Treat Week.

Following a week-long celebration of Lisburn & Castlereagh’s local eateries and producers, Treat Week has been declared a success by festival organisers and event participants alike.

Highlighted by 59 eateries, restaurants, cafes and gastropubs spanning from Moira to Dundonald cooking up a storm for Treat Week’s seven days of local food celebration, the event saw hundreds of diners flock to eating establishments across the council area to enjoy the best of what Lisburn & Castlereagh has to offer in terms of food culture.

Patrick and Erin Bell sample some tasty delights at Treat Week in Lisburn.

Patrick and Erin Bell sample some tasty delights at Treat Week in Lisburn.

Treat Week’s seven days of celebration culminated at Lisburn Square on Saturday, November 5, where guests enjoyed the Kitchen Sessions and Meet the Producers Fair.

Other highlights of Treat Week included themed gourmet evenings, pop up suppers and brunches, in addition to special offers and signature dishes served up throughout the week.

“Chef demos, masterclasses and village food trails offered opportunities for exploration and discovery and highlighted the fantastic local ingredients and forward-thinking restaurants that push our culinary boundaries right on our doorstep,” a spokesperson said. “One of the legacies of Treat Week 2016 is the Moira Food Trail, which continues beyond the week and for which a new date of Saturday, November 26 has been set.”

Ruby McIlroy, Martin Caldwell, Louis McIlroy & Kellie McIlroy enjoying Treat Week in Lisburn.

Ruby McIlroy, Martin Caldwell, Louis McIlroy & Kellie McIlroy enjoying Treat Week in Lisburn.