The DublinTown Food and Drink Festival 2019 is taking place this week until Sunday 20 October with masterclasses, experiences and events all on offer.
For the 2019 edition of the gastronomic festival, restaurants, bars and cafes have joined forces to create exciting food experiences showcasing Dublin’s thriving and diverse cuisine. Organised by DublinTown, sponsored by Pallas Foods and as part of the Taste the Island campaign by Fáilte Ireland, this week-long event aims to highlight the incredible wealth of talents within the industry. To help you make the most of the festival, we have rounded-up some key events that sound particularly interesting... and delicious.
If you can’t decide where you want to have dinner because too many tempting options tickle your fancy, this is the event for you. The brilliant Fab Food Trails have devised a special evening dinner for the DublinTown festival and will bring you to four mystery venues, each serving a tasty course paired with beer or wine. (Don't forget the walking shoes!) Let yourself be guided by the experts and expect to learn a thing or two along the way.
Time: Wednesday, 16 October, 5pm
Venue: Meeting Point at Fusiliers' Arch, St. Stephen's Green, Dublin 2
The owners of Blazing Salads will share their knowledge of plant-based food with two cookery demonstrations set right outside the Drury Street store. The demos will showcase how to make their cucumber and Irish wakame sea vegetable salad, and address the benefits of using sea vegetables in your diet. "This salad is among our most popular ones, and the seaweed is harvested off the Donegal coast, so we thought that would be a great way to promote Irish seaweed", Lorraine Fitzmaurice, co-owner of Blazing Salads, explains. "Whenever we teach this at our cooking classes, our clients are surprised by how much they love it and how easy it is to put together."
For the occasion, the award-winning vegetarian deli and cookery school will stay open until later in the evening. The team will be giving out free samples and additional recipes, and talking to people about the benefits of eating wholefoods, vegan and vegetarian food. "We are happy to take part in the festival because organically, on Drury Street, we are already a little community of businesses, and it’s nice to get to know your neighbours better. We all work together for this and it creates a really nice atmosphere", Lorraine adds.
Time: Thursday, 17 October, 12.30pm and 5.30pm
Venue: Blazing Salads, 42 Drury Street, Dublin 2
One of the best places to get a morning cuppa in the city centre, Kaph is joining the festivities with a special evening tasting. "This is a great festival to be involved in because it’s local, and it allows each street and each business within the street to do their own thing and tailor the experience", Kaph founder Chris Keegan says to us.
On 17 October, the expert baristas will share their knowledge and teach you how to make some fun coffee drinks like carajillo (a Spanish hot coffee topped with hard liquor) and Baileys coffees. "The idea is to make it kind of fun and do something a little irreverent with coffee. During the day, we are strictly about coffee, but in the evening, we can be a bit more playful." The two-hour event will also involve cupping and tasting of coffees from different parts of the world, using a variety of brewing methods resulting in different flavours and styles of coffee.
Time: Thursday, 17 October, from 7.30pm to 10.30pm
Venue: Kaph, 31 Drury Street, Dublin 2
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Chinese teahouse The Vintage Teapot has curated a special afternoon experience for the DublinTown Food and Drink Festival and will host a dumpling making and tasting workshop. Experts from M&L Chinese Restaurant will teach their secrets to make five types of popular dumplings: pork, beef, fried pork, chicken and vegetable. The ticket includes a dumpling tasting, followed by making your own dumplings and washing it all down with some refreshing Chinese tea.
Time: Sunday, 20 October at 2.30pm
Venue: The Vintage Teapot, 8 Cathedral St, Dublin 1