It’s the 100th anniversary of the Titanic Disaster.
The Titanic went down at 2.20 AM on April 15th 1912, as a result of a collision with an iceberg just before midnight.
I’ve seen anniversary discussions, memorials and coverage of the sinking of the Titanic most of my life, but nothing takes the cake like the Annual Belfast Titanic Festival. It seems that in Belfast, the sunken Titanic is still cause for Celebration, because the ship was built in Belfast. I didn’t make this up. See?
Go ahead, take some time to think about that. I’ll wait.
Yes that’s right. In Belfast, they are so proud of their workmanship that they discard one of the world’s greatest sea disasters to celebrate the building of the ship. But hey, a party is a party.
While it does appear that a good time is being had by all, I don’t see a Last Supper event like they had in 2010. That’s right, they actually replicated the menu of the last dinner on the Titanic before everybody hurled, so to speak. Of course, it was the First Class menu. I would say that the serving of the Titanic Last Supper was probably the most convoluted idea of all, but I am sure it was enjoyable for a bunch of folks who celebrate the final menu on a ship that landed at the bottom of the ocean along with 1517 people. Of course, the sinking of the Titanic was not Belfast’s fault, but still, you have to admit that this celebration is creepy.
In 2010, Slashfood printed the celebratory “Made in Belfast” Festival menu, which was a replication of the literal “Last Supper” served on the Titanic. I thought you might like to see what all those subsequently dead people ate as their “Last Supper”.
The menu, which Conor and his wife spent months researching, was last served on April 14, 1912, and included items such as asparagus and watercress salad and spiced peaches with jelly and ice cream. The couple became interested in the subject when they discovered links between their guest house and a local artist named JW Carey, who painted both Rayanne House and the Titanic.
Some changes have been made to update the menu, including shortening the number of courses. Originally there were 13, but now it’s trimmed to nine. As McClelland explained to Slashfood, “They had nowhere to go on the ship, so they spent hours over dinner, and in those days prosperity was measured in girth.”
Sorry for the pun, but just looking at this menu gives me a Sinking Feeling.
The Titanic Menu
First Course – hors d’oeuvres
Second Course – Soup
Cream of Barley finished with Bushmills Whiskey and Cream
Third Course – Salad
Asparagus and Watercress Salad with Champagne – Saffron Vinaigrette served with Roast Squab
Forth Course – Fish
Poached Salmon with Mousseline Sauce garnished with Cucumber and Fresh Dill
Fifth Course – Sorbet
Rose Water and Mint Sorbet
Sixth Course – Entrée
Pan-Seared Filet Mignon topped with Foie Gras and Truffle drizzled with a Cognac, Madeira and Red Wine Reduction served with Potatoes Anna, Creamed Carrots and Zucchini Farci
Seventh Course – Sweet
Spiced Peaches in Chartreuse Jelly and French Vanilla Ice Cream
Eighth Course – Dessert
Cheese and Fruit
Coffee and Petit Fours
April 15, 1912, actual Titanic Menu (Getty Images)
Well, if that doesn’t get you salivating in a good or bad way, how about this year’s Festival Light Show?
….But in fairness, and on a more serious note, they do have a commemoration ceremony.
You can learn many interesting facts you didn’t know about the Titanic here.
See the Belfast Titanic Museum here.
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