Catering at Blue Lights Season 2 Shoot

Film shoot BelfastBlue Lights Cast Member Calls Born & Raised Waffles

Recently, Born & Raised Waffles received an exciting phone call inquiry about our waffle truck’s availability for a film shoot treat. Engaging in a delightful conversation, I may have rambled a bit (blame it on my enthusiasm!). After our chat, I extended the invitation to confirm the booking through our website, www.bornandraisedwaffles.com.

To my pleasant surprise, a confirmation email swiftly arrived, and as I scanned the name, Siân Brooke, a familiar ring resonated in my mind. A swift online search revealed that Siân portrays Grace in my beloved television series, Blue Lights, made by Two Cities TV.

Blue Lights

Set against the backdrop of Belfast, the gripping drama ‘Blue Lights‘ follows the journey of new police recruits—Grace, Annie, and Tommy—as they navigate the complexities of a high-pressure environment. Grace, a former social worker, transitions careers in her forties, while Annie faces the challenge of leaving her past behind. Meanwhile, Tommy grapples with the demands of frontline duty. Together, they confront divided communities, criminal networks, and wrestle with questions of trust, all while pondering their choice to join the PSNI.

Siân and her dedicated colleagues from Two Cites TV were nearing the end of Season 2 filming for Blue Lights, extending gratitude to the tireless crew for their dedication.

Waffle Treats

On the memorable date of Friday, November 24th, 2023, my daughter Anna and I arrived on the bustling set in Belfast. Guided by a helpful team member from the locations department, we swiftly parked our waffle truck in the designated spot.

As the aroma of caramelized sugar wafted from our Liége Waffles, the cast and crew began to take notice. Word swiftly spread that ‘The Waffleman’ had arrived on site, and soon, a steady stream of eager individuals flocked to savour our delicious treats.

Inquisitive by nature, I often inquire about the roles of those on set (perhaps a tad nosy, but it sparks interesting conversations!). Meeting one gentleman, I curiously asked, “What do you do here?” His humble response, “Oh, I’m the writer,” came from none other than Declan Lawn, the talented individual behind the series I deeply admire.

Shortly after, Siân, embodying her character Grace, accompanied by Martin McCann, who portrays Steve in Blue Lights, approached us. Both expressed their enthusiasm to support and promote my business, eagerly jumping into the waffle truck (Martin, especially excited about the prospect of indulging in our delicious waffles—understandably so!).

In an unexpected yet delightful moment, Katherine Devlin & Nathan Braniff squeezed into our converted horse trailer, fully adorned in police riot gear. Maneuvering through the trailer’s door (which, mind you, is quite petite!), they may have momentarily anticipated a barrage of waffles in their direction (well, who wouldn’t?).

Catering at film shoots is always bustling, and this day was no exception. Amidst the whirlwind, the actors, writers, producers, and crew graciously took a moment to connect and extend greetings—a gesture not always common in the industry.

I express heartfelt gratitude to Siân Brooke for personally arranging our presence; her warmth and kindness extend to the entire team.

The anticipation builds as I eagerly await the release of Season 2 of Blue Lights—a series that not only captivates audiences but also brings forth genuine connections and delightful moments like these. Here’s to more waffle-filled adventures and memorable encounters!

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Northern Ireland’s Silver Screen: Exploring the Best Film Locations

Liam Neeson with Born and Raised waffles owner Michael Henderson

When it comes to cinematic beauty, Northern Ireland is a treasure trove of stunning landscapes, historic settings, and enchanting locations that have played a pivotal role in numerous blockbuster films and TV series. Its diverse scenery, from lush green valleys to dramatic coastlines, has captivated the imagination of filmmakers and storytellers alike. Let’s embark on a journey through some of the best film locations in Northern Ireland, and explore the cities that have graced the big screen.

This blog is by Born & Raised Waffles who bake sweet treats in their mobile catering unit to film locations across Ireland.

**Belfast: A City of Resilience and Charm**

The capital city, Belfast, is a dynamic fusion of resilience and charm, a place where a turbulent history meets vibrant culture. It has served as the backdrop for several films and TV series, showcasing its versatility as a film location.

*1. Titanic Studios*: This massive film studio complex in the Titanic Quarter of Belfast has played a pivotal role in the creation of the globally acclaimed series, “Game of Thrones.” It was the birthplace of the Iron Throne, the iconic centrepiece of the series. Fans of the show can take guided tours and immerse themselves in the world of Westeros.

*2. Crumlin Road Gaol*: This former prison is an imposing, Victorian-era building with a haunting ambiance. It has been featured in various films, including the gripping crime drama “Hunger,” which recounts the life of political prisoner Bobby Sands. Tours are available for those intrigued by its history.

This blog is by Born & Raised Waffles who bake sweet treats in their mobile catering unit to film locations across Ireland.

**Londonderry (Derry): Walled City with a Rich Heritage**

Derry, also known as Londonderry, is a city steeped in history and enclosed by well-preserved city walls. Its iconic setting has been the backdrop for multiple film and TV productions.

*1. “Derry Girls”*: The hit TV series “Derry Girls” captures the lives of four high-spirited teenagers growing up in the ’90s during the Northern Ireland conflict. The city’s picturesque streets and walls create an authentic atmosphere for the show.

*2. Guildhall Square*: This elegant square, with the historic Guildhall as its centerpiece, has featured in films like “The Best Man,” offering a taste of Derry’s architectural beauty.

**Newcastle: A Coastal Gem**

Nestled along the rugged coast of County Down, Newcastle is a coastal gem that has been the backdrop for various films, celebrated for its breathtaking landscapes.

*1. Murlough Bay*: This hidden gem along the County Antrim coast became the Iron Islands in “Game of Thrones.” The pristine beach and dramatic cliffs make it a captivating location for fans of the show.

**Carrickfergus: A Historic Haven**

Carrickfergus, with its well-preserved Norman castle, is a town rich in history and has lent its unique charm to several films and series.

*1. “Sons of Anarchy”*: The iconic Carrickfergus Castle stood in as the Irish town of Charming in the acclaimed series “Sons of Anarchy.” The castle’s striking presence adds an air of authenticity to the show.

**Ballintoy: Rugged Beauty on the North Coast**

The village of Ballintoy on the North Coast of County Antrim is renowned for its rugged, untouched beauty and has graced the silver screen in various roles.

*1. “Game of Thrones”*: Ballintoy’s stunning coastline served as the Iron Islands in “Game of Thrones.” The rocky shores and natural arches provide the perfect setting for the series’ ironborn.

**County Fermanagh: Lakes and Legends**

This blog is by Born & Raised Waffles who bake sweet treats in their mobile catering unit to film locations across Ireland.

The enchanting landscapes of County Fermanagh, particularly its many lakes and lush countryside, have attracted filmmakers from around the world.

*1. Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark*: This UNESCO-recognized geopark has been featured in films like “The Wicker Man.” Its underground caves and stunning surroundings add an air of mystique to any production.

**Conclusion: A Cinematic Wonderland**

Northern Ireland’s rich and diverse locations offer a cinematic wonderland that has lured filmmakers and storytellers for years. From the bustling streets of Belfast to the tranquil beauty of County Fermanagh, these film locations are more than just stunning backdrops; they are integral to the storytelling. If you’re a film enthusiast, exploring these settings can transport you into the worlds created by some of your favorite movies and series. Northern Ireland’s landscapes and cities provide a glimpse into a world of cinematic magic, waiting to be discovered and appreciated by movie lovers and adventurers alike.

As you embark on your own cinematic journey, consider visiting these picturesque film locations and discovering the enchanting stories that have unfolded against the backdrop of Northern Ireland’s breathtaking scenery. Whether you’re a “Game of Thrones” fanatic, a history buff, or simply a lover of cinematic beauty, Northern Ireland has something extraordinary to offer.


This blog is by Born & Raised Waffles who bake sweet treats in their mobile catering unit to film locations across Ireland.