About Vanilla Black

Vanilla Black Catering

Vanilla Black Catering is a friendly, energetic company, offering excellent foodservice at both indoor and outdoor events. An excellent range of catering facilities and a vastly experienced management team, ensure first class results whatever the occasion.

Director Peter Dowds experience was built up initially over a fourteen year period with Hamilton and Kirk Ltd, Belfast, before setting up his own company- Vanilla Black Catering in 2009. Joining him as senior manager was Phyllis Hayes, who also built up her experience with Hamilton Kirk, both of them co-ordinating catering for prestigious sporting events, banquets, exhibitions and even Royal Garden parties.

To date Vanilla Black has built up an excellent reputation, and some of the prestigious events they have been working on confirms this:
The Irish Open Golf, Ulster Rugby, BBC Proms in the Park, the Balmoral Show, the Highland Show in Scotland, Ulster Aviation Society, Self Build Ireland shows, IRC Circuit of Ireland Rally.

Vanilla Black

"Vanilla Black Catering is a friendly, energetic company..."


Lesley Maltman

The Eventor


Flexible and reliable with a top quality product - Vanilla Black Catering have worked with The Eventor on a number of large scale projects with challenging briefs across Northern Ireland. From bespoke hospitality solutions, VIP catering design and delivery and first class public food and beverage concessions to the all important onsite crew catering, they provide a consistent high level of service and value for money which alongside their excellent staff means we are always proud to have them as an extension of our event team.

James McKay MD

McKay's Pharmacys


I highly recommend Vanilla Black to other business owners who are hosting guests at meetings or events.


They really take the hassle away from organising, the food is excellent and staff are friendly and very professional.

Fiona Hampton

Head of Sales & Marketing

Ulster Rugby


Vanilla Black have brought to Ulster Rugby a real sense of professionalism. A pleasure to work with they are innovative in the range of catering trailers they provide, delivering a quality product and great customer service.  The Vanilla Black brand ties in well to the ethos and values of our club and they share our aspirations to always be the best at what we do.