The DublinTown Food and Drink Festival is back in the capital from Monday, October 14th to Sunday, October 20th. This year once again, the event will highlight Dublin city’s vibrant gastronomic scene, through a range of events and experiences reflecting our diverse cuisine.
Eight businesses from the Dublin City centre, including Blazing Salads, San Lorenzo’s and 101 Talbot, came together to offer guests a unique experience, showcasing the wide variety of cuisine available in the city and throughout the festival.
“Tonight’s menu is a true collaboration of the businesses”, Clyde Carroll, Director of Marketing & Communications for DublinTown, explained to us. “When we met beforehand, all the people involved came with something in mind, to start the discussion. As a community, they support each other, and we ended up with the menu we have tonight with a true joint effort from them altogether.”
An exciting and diverse menu
Hosted by Andrew Rudd of Medley, the dinner boasted an exciting menu featuring some local glories, such as Blazing Salads. The Drury Street eatery served a vegetarian black bean and quinoa burger, paired with a Dr. Deinhard, Weissburgunder wine chosen by Paul Foley from The Corkscrew. 101 Talbot’s chef Neal Magee served a wild Irish game terrine, while Jules Mak, head chef of Zozimus, delighted the guests with his prawn pot stickers and steamed dumpling, paired with a Rioja Blanco.
The savoury offer was complete with a Seared rump of Slaney Valley Irish lamb, prepared by Patrick Clément, Development Chef for Pallas Foods, who proudly sponsors the event. The dish was served with a Château la Couronne, Montagne St-Emilion.
To finish the meal on a high note, San Lorenzo’s thrilled the crowd with their famous Coco Pops French Toast, a popular dish from their brunch menu. Wojciech Tylser, Head Barista in Bewley’s (and Irish Barista Champion 2019), served an infused coffee alongside Bewley’s carrot cake, followed by cocktails from House to keep the party going.
Showcasing the best of Dublin food
The evening, held upstairs in Bewley's, on Grafton Street, was about showing to the public what those businesses do best, and promoting the sense of community between them and the attendees. “It’s a celebration of the diversity of the food and drink we have in the city of Dublin”, Clyde adds. “We are not asking the businesses involved to do something majorly different to what they usually offer; for example, we are in Bewley’s, they make great coffee, and we just want them to show how good their coffee is.”
Supported by Failte Ireland's Taste the Island campaign, the DublinTown Food and Drink Festival will list activities reflecting the various culinary experiences Dublin city can offer. Among the highlights, Asia Market will run a “10 Weird Foods to Eat Before You Die” event on Thursday, October 17th. On Monday 14th, Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th, DublinTown’s in-house historian Gerard Farrell will lead a historical storytelling pub trail through the city. On Tuesday 15th, Balfes at the Westbury will introduce guests to the distilleries located on our doorstep, with a three-course whiskey tasting along with Roe&Co Whiskey, Pearse Lyons, Teeling Whiskey and The Dublin Liberties Distillery. For the full event schedule, click here.
For further information and to book tickets, visit foodanddrinkfest.ie.