Tuesday, 20 September 2011

We're going to Dingle

We're delighted to be a part of the Dingle Food Festival this year which takes place October 1st and 2nd. This is one of the best Food Festivals Ireland has to offer, an antithesis to the likes of Taste of Dublin if you may. Dingle has so much character itself it barely needs the eccentricities of Ireland's food producers to draw in the crowds, but it certainly helps. This is apparently the busiest weekend of the year in the town now, topping the Other Voices Festival and the Dingle Races.

Some of the highlights:

  • The ever amazing tasting trail on Saturday and Sunday where pretty much every pub, shop and business in the village takes part.
  • Free cooking demos in St. James Church (thats the Other Voices Church)
  • A Pop-up restaurant in the aquarium....dine with the penguins!!
  • Bee keeping, Chocolate making, coffee brewing, pig rearing, cheese making and pickling workshops
  • Loads of wine tasting
  • And of course the For Foods Sake event on Saturday evening...

We'll be hosting a 'tasting menu' series of short food talks and film screenings, with each serving kicking off on the half hour every half hour from 5pm in the Coach House Gallery on Green Street. €5 entry allows you to pick and choose which courses you’d like to enjoy, à la carte style, or to savour each course on offer, table d’hote style: so feel free to come and go when you like – or stay for them all.

The Menu

5pm–5.20pm                         Amuse Bouche

Great food writers through the ages who have whet appetites and piqued curiosity,
with Ross Golden-Bannon of FOOD&WINE Magazine  

5.30pm-5.50pm             Starter

Some inspiration to get you started Growing Your Own fruit and vegetables,
with Sarah Fleming of GIY Ireland

6pm–6.20pm                        Palate Cleanser

A smorgasbord screening of food-focussed short films, animation and documentaries

6.30pm–6.50pm                        Main Course

A real butcher job: how can Irish butchers diversify to build their future?
with Jack McCarthy of Kanturk (featuring charcuterie samplings)

7pm–7.20pm                        Dessert / Cheese

The sweet tale of success: an insider’s take on the journey of artisan food production,
with Giana Ferguson of Gubbeen Farmhouse (featuring cheese samplings)