From festive greed to helping those in need

January 17, 2017

As 2016 drew to a close, and with it the Year of Food and Drink, we thought it the perfect time to celebrate our wonderful local producers but also to return the kindness shown to us throughout the year, by doing something to help others.

So, on Tuesday 20th December, we organised a free sampling event at Brewbot-Belfast, in aid of Storehouse  an amazing organisation who do invaluable work addressing food poverty.

For over eight years, Storehouse have partnered with charities and agencies in the city to focus on helping provide people with the basic essentials.

Fifty of our friends, family and followers braved the elements to join us at the micro-brewing mecca and were rewarded with a mouth-watering array of local foods and drinks, provided by our very generous local companies

In exchange, our guests came laden with food donations for Storehouse, which exceeded even our most optimistic expectations. We were quite frankly bowled over by peoples’ generosity.

Brewbot, despite its bare walls, metal columns and stone floor felt like a surprisingly intimate venue – with dim ambient lighting, soft music and a beautiful, enormous, warmed-wooded table that draws you to the centre of the bar.

Cups of fragrant mulled wine awaited our guests on arrival, supplied by Papa’s Minerals.

The banqueting-style table in the heart of the building heaved with all kinds of donated delights. Charcuterie plates from Ispini sat next to an assortment of chutneys and relishes by Deli Muru and Passion Preserved and a selection of olives, tapenades and hummus from Love Olive. David Love Cameron at Helen’s Bay Walled Garden provided crunchy, heritage vegetable crudités and a moreish beetroot hummus.

Cakes and sticky treats were provided by Graham’s Bakery, Deli Muru and The Sweet Spud, unctuous whiskey salted caramel chocolates from Neary Nogs and popcorn from Golden Popcorn satisfied those with a sweet tooth.

With so much incredible local dairy produce, we wanted to showcase some local cheeses, so we sourced three – a blue (Young Buck by Mike’s Fancy Cheeses); an ale-washed semi-hard (Banagher Bold, by Dart Mountain) and an extra mature cheddar (Dale Farm), which were matched with complementary beers – a stout (Galway Bay Stormy Port), an IPA (Kinnegar Scraggy Bay) and a lighter blonde.

For those who didn’t fancy the beer (and plenty who did) Panacea Drinks sent us their delicious, water kefir-based sparkling soft drinks, including a probiotic, non-alcoholic mojito or ‘projito’.

The backdrop to the night was a fantastic acoustic set by Laura McElroy and Jade Irwin, who both gave so generously of their talent and time and wowed us all.  

Great raffle prizes were provided courtesy of Indie Fude, Golf Now and Arthur Hollywood Design.

A huge thanks to everyone who attended and to the suppliers who gave so generously for such a deserving cause. It certainly made us think about hosting another event or two in 2017 – check out our website for details.  

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