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Bite-Size: what's happening in food and drink this week

There's tastings, craft beer events and some great new launches too.

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There's lots going on in the world of food and drink at the moment, which is great to see, with plenty of new launches and some online chats and virtual tastings too.

The Nude Wine Co. is hosting a special pre-St Patrick's Day Redbreast whiskey tasting, presented by whiskey expert Michael Lawlor or if you're more of a beer fan you can check out Dublin City Brewing's upcoming tasting club. There's also a special craft beer event on the way from Aldi and if you're looking for a Mother's Day gift, well, we have some ideas for that too. Read on to find out more. 


Virtual tasting

Calling all whiskey fans: The Nude Wine Co. is hosting a whiskey tasting next week on Tuesday 16 March. The virtual Redbreast Whiskey Experience will be presented by whiskey connoisseur Michael Lawlor. Participants will receive a tasting pack that contains 3 x 50mls bottles from the award-winning Redbreast range -  Redbreast 12-year-old, Redbreast 15-year-old and the limited edition Lustau Finish. The cost is €35 but if there’s more than one whiskey lover in your home, you can pick up an additional set for €25. For further info and to book your spot go to the website

Veggie-friendly 

Co Offally’s award-winning Rudd’s has launched a new 100% plant-based range. The meat-free sausages  (RRP €3) and first-of-their-kind black and white puddings (RRP €2.50 each) are made with vegetables, barley, soy and wheat protein, along with Rudd’s signature spices and seasonings. The range is available in Tesco, Dunnes Stores and SuperValu nationwide and for more info, and some recipes to try, head to rudds.ie


Mother’s Day treats

It’s Mother’s Day on Sunday and if you’re still short on ideas for your mammy (or the mammy-figure in your life), M&S has a nice range of foodie gifts. Top of our list is this cute and colourful Flower Power version of the ever-popular Connie the Caterpillar cake. The all-butter chocolate sponge roll with strawberry flavoured buttercream is priced at €15. We’ve also got our eye on a bottle of Conte Priuli Oro Rosa Prosecco Rosé which is €14.65, down from €22. marksandspencer.com/ie

Feeling crafty

Aldi is running a craft beer event in its 145 stores from Thursday 18 March. The retailer has paired with Rascals Brewing Company (Dublin), Black Donkey Brewing (Roscommon) and Dundalk Bay Brewery (Louth) in what is a great opportunity for Irish brewers during this tough time. Emma Devlin, founder of Rascals Brewing Company, said, “The closure of pubs for nearly the entire year has been a serious hammer blow to our business and our industry. This craft beer event from Aldi is another brilliant helping hand amidst a very challenging twelve months.” The range of six beers is available while stocks last. aldi.ie

Beers and bites

The second virtual Dublin City Brewing tasting club takes place on Thursday 25 March. Hosted by head brewer Fergal Murray, this edition’s special guest is Lily Ramirez Foran of Picado Mexican Pantry on South Richmond Street, Dublin. Along with tips and recipes from Ramirez Foran, the event will also showcase Dublin City Brewing’s new Pioneer Pilsner. Tickets cost €20 and include 3 x 440 ml Dublin City Brewing cans, a branded glass and Picado Mexican corn tortillas. That price includes delivery to anywhere in Dublin, while courier fees apply to everywhere outside of Dublin. You can get tickets here.