Fifteen notable Chicago chefs are headed to Belfast, Northern Ireland, this weekend to team up with some of Northern Ireland's finest for the Belfast Taste & Music Fest. The event, organized by Chicago native Connie Cunningham, takes place at Belfast Botanic Gardens today through Sunday, Aug. 9 and celebrates the local fare of Northern Ireland. More than 30,000 visitors are expected to attend.

Chef Patty Rasmussen (front center), of Tre Kronor Restaurant, enjoys a break from cooking with her five children at the launch of the Belfast Taste & Music Fest.

Participating Chicagoland and Northern Ireland chefs will do culinary demonstrations throughout the event. Chicago chefs appearing at the Belfast Taste & Music Fest include: Chicago chef mentor for the event Jim Freeland, Lou Malnati's Pizzeria; Jackie Shen, Red Light; Michael Garbin, Union League Club of Chicago; Tony Hu, Lao Sze Chuan; Jose Luna, White Eagle Golf Club; Toni Motamen, Raw Bar; Pete McGarrity, Harry Caray's; Patty Rasmussen, Tre Kroner Svensk Restaurant; Dominique Tougne, Bistro 110; Randy Waidner, Gibson's Steakhouse; Don Zajac, Phil Stephani Signature Restaurants; Lance P. Daly, Lincolnshire-Marriott Resort; Brian Wright and Massimo Rubino, Rosebud Restaurants; and the team at

(l to r) Musician Ronnie Greer and Bistro 110 chef Dominique Tougne enjoy good food and good music at the Belfast Taste & Music Fest.

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