Part of the line-up for The Wine & Cheese Festival by Eatyard has been announced and it already looks like it will be a cracking event. 

Taking place in the Iveagh Gardens this August 8th-11th, The Wine & Cheese Festival has been created by the Bodytonic team, who are also the masterminds behind Eatyard Portobello, Dublin’s first permanent street food market, and Sunday Sessions at Pot Duggans. The Wine & Cheese Festival will bring all the fun of wine and cheese to the masses in a relaxed, enjoyable setting, as well as showcasing a stellar selection of boutique wine and cheese vendors.

The first batch of brilliant wines, cheese and food joining the festival in August have just been announced and the line-up already looks super exciting. Fresh on the heels of a great review from F&W contributor Aoife CarrigyGreen Man Wines will be bringing a taste of their brilliant Terenure shop and restaurant to the Iveagh Gardens, pouring from their range of artisan wines from quality-driven producers. Wine Lab will at the festival too, serving wines on tap that have all been sourced directly from vineyards and kegged specifically for them. 

Cork’s L’Atitude 51 have also come on board with the festival, serving wines from small-scale independent winemakers who favour traditional over commercial methods. L'Altitude had a bit of set back this year when a fire damaged their Cork shop, which means they are temporarily closed at the minute so the festival will be a great way to show the team doing what they do best, which is pouring great wines.

Wines Direct, who are well-known for offering something a little different, will be at the festival to showcase independently made wines directly from growers around the world. Quintessential Wines, who were a hit last year at The Wine & Cheese Festival, will be back again this year, pouring fun fizz and a great selection of natural wines. Kinsale Mead will also be seen this year, serving their unique and refreshing Irish drinks. Mead (Miodh in Irish) the world’s oldest alcoholic drink, has been having a bit of a revival, thanks to these guys.

Tom Corleggy of Corleggy Cheeses.

Tom Corleggy of Corleggy Cheeses.

Did you think we forgot about the cheese? Not a chance! This year, Sheridans Cheesemongers, Corleggy Cheese and Little Italy will all be on site this year, serving up some of the finest cheeses on the market. Other food offerings will include Wild About relishes and chutney, The Wooded Pig Irish charcuterie, Handsome Burger cheeseburgers, Vish Shop and Beo Wine Bar & Kitchen. In terms of entertainment, there will be so much to do over the course of the festival, with a series of tastings, chats and more set to take place. The full line-up and timetable have yet to be announced, but highlights include the Cheesy Singalong Social, Easy Singles speed dating and The Ultimate Irish Toastie Championship.

I was at the launch of the festival last night in Eatyard and if it was anything to go by, this year's festival will be unmissable. With heaps of delicious wines on offer, including super summery and totally organic Ramona ruby grapefruit wine spritzers (see below), and delicious cheeses from Corleggy Cheeses and Little Italy Dublin, this sneak peek showed just how enjoyable the festival will be. Eatyard was jam-packed with cheese and wine lovers that were guided through tastings by Ali Dunworth and special guests, before tucking into some delicious burgers from the lads at Galway's Handsome Burger. The Iveagh Gardens sounds like it will be the perfect location for the festival, as well as providing space big enough to fit heaps of revellers that want to enjoy some cheesy goodness. If last night's preview was anything to go by, tickets to this festival will sell out fast, so get yours now before they do!

The Wine & Cheese Festival will take place this August 8th-11th August at The Iveagh Gardens, Clonmel Street, Dublin 2. Tickets are available from https://www.wine-n-cheese.com/, priced from just €16 plus booking fee.