5 Glossy Things To Do This Weekend

From WORLD TAPAS DAY to the VERMEER EXHIBITION at the National Gallery of Ireland, see our pick of the BEST EVENTS happening this weekend 

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WHY: Today is World Tapas day and many restaurants in Ireland are offering special menus and promotions – the Cava Bodega in Galway, Picaderos in Maynooth, for instance, while in Dublin you’re spoiled for choice. Our top three picks are Piglet, where inventive French staples are given a Spanish makeover (how does smoked eel with white beans puree tapas sound?). Then there’s Market Bar, which arguably has the best patatas bravas in the city (do order their feta and chorizo salad too). While at The Port House, their gambas pil pil and Catalan cannel on de pato (cannelloni with confit duck and manchego cheese) are delicious. Visit the Spanish Tourism Board and The Port House restaurant stand at Taste of Dublin from 1pm today to sample some tasty tapas, while at 7pm today, experience a Lanzarote wine tasting with cheeses from the island. For more information visit www.spain.info.

There’s also the 2017 Campo Viejo Tapas Trail, a good value food and wine experience that takes in Drury Buildings, Fallon & Byrne, Eden Bar & Grill and Market Bar, (tickets are €35). Meanwhile, Deliveroo has partnered with Tapas Trail (via the Deliveroo app or website) to offer participating menus from restaurants in Galway, Cork and Dublin, so you can enjoy the experience at home. Don’t forget to post your photos #TapasDay, @SpaininIreland.

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WHEN: On Saturday June 17, the National Gallery of Ireland’s much-anticipated Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry opens. It explores the relationships between Vermeer and Dutch genre painters of the period 1650 to 1675. Visitors will get an insight into how Vermeer and his contemporaries admired, inspired and rivalled each other. The exhibition brings together over 60 paintings from around the world, featuring 10 works by Vermeer. With a full programme of talks, tours and special events to complement the exhibition, this is definitely one to book. Tickets €15. www.nationalgallery.ie.

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WHAT: Another global event, this time it’s Moët Party Day on Saturday June 17, with thousands of Moët lovers from New Zealand to Mexico joining in a non-stop, 24-hour international celebration. House, Dublin 2, is the venue for the official Irish Moët Party Day (to attend, register your interest by emailing moetpartyday@conwaycommunications.ie). Guests attending the celebration can expect plenty of corks popping, lots of bubbles as well as Champagne showgirls and “Fan dancing routines”. Of course, for a more low key celebration open a bottle at home and share a #MoëtMoment.

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WHERE: To Cork for their annual Midsummer Festival, which takes place from now until June 25, and is jam-packed with installations, dance, music, workshops and theatre. A highlight will be The Jig in the Park on June 18, with the innovative Irish dance troupe ProdiJIG, who are staging the largest ever maypole dance (at Fitzgerald Park) to be held in Ireland. Cork-born world champion dancer Alan Kenefick of ProdiJIG has created an exclusive dance routine, which is sure to be fun. For details, visit www.corkmidsummer.com. Also, taking place on June 17 and 18, is the Cork Summer Show, held at the Showgrounds at Curraheen. A lovely day out for all the family, we’re looking forward to the gardening exhibits, as well as some of the talks such as The importance of Bees & Butterflies, as well as a presentation by acclaimed chef Paul McDonald, from Bastion Restaurant in Kinsale.

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HOW: With the promise of good weather ahead, we’ve booked the g Hotel & Spa in Galway with a stay in its Junior Suite and sweeping views of Lough Atalia. After breakfast in gigi’s (winner of Best Hotel Restaurant in Galway 2016), we’ll head into town for a look around the Latin quarter before heading back for the signature “chakra balancing” ESPA treatment at the spa. Bliss. To book visit www.theghotel.ie or call (091) 865200.

Penny McCormick

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