28 Apr - 1 May


The Great Foolish Cake Off

Prepare yourself for our Great Foolish Cake Off! Our new competition to give you a chance to win £100 MEAL FOR TWO in ANY of our partner restaurants.


Simply take a photo of your favourite cake, dessert or sweet treat from our participating restaurants above and post it on twitter or facebook using #festivaloffoods. Make sure you include the restaurant name and a little about why this is your Cake Off vote!

The competition winner, chosen at random by the Festival of Fools random number generator, will get a £100 voucher to be spent at a restaurant of your choice from our glorious Festival of Foods restaurant partners. Happy caking!

Welcome to the Festival of Fools

120 Shows across Belfast City Centre

What a year it’s been!  Sometimes the jokes just write themselves and this past year, the world seems to be producing them faster than ever. We're all in need of some fun, laughter and foolish behaviour. We're all Fools now!

We have found our sponsors to be more generous than ever with the Festival of Foods setting out to feed you and our artists with the best Belfast has to offer. Translink have got some great deals to get you in and out of the city to enjoy shows from: SpainItalyFranceCanadaHollandArgentinaUSAEnglandIreland and, of course, Northern Ireland’s finest! Our accommodation partners Ramada Encore will be looking after our artists making sure they are rested and refreshed before they throw their bodies around with acrobatic abandon for your entertainment.

We're excited at developments with the Great Artdoors in Writers' Square attracting artists from as afar afield as Cork to come and offer their work to you.  Bank Square promises to bring a new dimension to Festival this year with a partnership with Folktown Market promising a combination of fine and funny shows with some of the best in local produce.