Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Food, forests, films and fundraisers!

Hello again,

I am back with news of some more Northern Irish events coming up soon which have grabbed my attention - maybe they will be of interest to you too :)

As part of the N.I Year of Food & Drink Queens University will be holding QUB Food Markets, open to all, with the next date falling on Friday 17th June.
Pop along at lunchtime to sample a variety of cuisines including crepes, pizza, Tapas and coffee, yum! The market takes place outside Elmwood Hall.

Next - on more of an Eco-Warrior note, I am sure most of you have by now heard about the controversial Infrastrata drill taking place near Woodburn Reservoir and the community resistance against the environmental impact this will cause.
Peaceful protesters have organised Water Pressure: Stop the Drill weekend which takes place on Sat 18th and Sun 19th June.
A family-friendly event to gather together, spread the word and appreciate the beauty of Woodburn Forest near Carrickfergus, with music and fun for the kids.
More details are available here

Also taking place on Sunday 19th, Seventh Heaven Yoga will be celebrating the Summer Solstice with Tessa Greer of the Sound Healing Spa, with a *free* guided meditation to welcome in the sun in the stunning surroundings of Minnowburn Terrace Garden near the Giants Ring - a powerful spot! 
To book your free spot and receive further details click here

Fans of Studio Ghibli will rejoice at the range of films being shown this month by Queens Film Theatre, including new release When Marnie was there.
Classics Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away are being shown on the 19th and 26th respectively - the perfect Sunday treat!
Tickets are just four measly pounds so what are you waiting for?

If you read my previous post about The Big Lunch with regards to Wildflower Alley, you will know it is a movement all about community and another of my favourite haunts - Giro's Café at the Warzone Centre - is getting in on the action with their own Big Lunch event on Wednesday 22nd June.

The original Giro's was founded back in the 80's as a shared space for veggie food/rehearsal space/all-ages live venue and I spent a sizeable portion of my misspent youth at gigs and club nights in the 90's incarnation of the centre near the Art College.

In more recent times the centre returned, in a revamped format, on Bruce Street in Belfast (or to those of a certain vintage "behind where The Venue once was") and thanks to a dedicated team of volunteers it has been serving up delicious and creative food - all vegan and including plenty of cakes - on a pay what you can basis.
Well worth checking out - the photo below is from my most recent excursion there and it was followed by toasted pitta bread and plenty of delicious cakes :)

Not vegan or veggie? No worries! Despite popular stereotypes nobody will try to harass or convert you, you may just discover some tasty meat-free DIY recipes to try out or adapt for your own tastes at home.

You will certainly be made to feel welcome and your donations will keep the this not-for-profit social centre running.
For more info on the Big Lunch event on the 22nd, keep up-to-date here.

I was excited to hear that another of my favourite independent eateries Vermillon Café in Lisburn - purveyors of classic tunes and enormous afternoon teas, see below for proof - are starting up a live music night as of 24th June - watch this space for more details!

Finally - animal lovers will want to support the Summer Fair at The Donkey Sanctuary in Templepatrick on Saturday 2nd July!
The event runs from 10am - 2pm and will feature craft stalls, a bouncy castle and a chance to meet and support the four legged rescued residents <3
The sanctuary can be found on Ballymartin road, BT39 0BS.

Until next time - nanu nanu! Kirsty Woo x

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