This weekend we’re planning a trip to WEST CORK, listening to CLASSICAL MUSIC in Monkstown and planning ahead for a SPICE MASTERCLASS in Pickle restaurant …
WHAT: Classical music enthusiasts will enjoy Music in Monkstown. Now in its fourth year, the festival was founded by the National Symphony Orchestra’s principal clarinetist, John Finucane, and features five key concerts during the three-day schedule. The weekend starts on Friday night, September 8, with a piano recital given by Michael McHale. Debuting as a trio are the Three Young Sopranos – Clodagh Kinsella, Dana Tanase and Eimear McCarthy Luddy, accompanied by distinguished pianist David Adams. Completing the celebration of classical music are two concerts with John Finucane and the RTÉ Contempo Quartet. Saturday evening invites guests to experience Mozart’s Kegelstatt Trio and Prokofiev’s Overture on Jewish Themes. The second of these two concerts features the Weber clarinet quintet and a piano quintet by Dvorjak, with New Zealand native Lance Coburn. www.musicinmonkstown.ie.
WHERE: A Taste of West Cork Food Festival starts this weekend and runs until September 17. With 33 guest chefs, and over 230 culinary events across the region’s 36 towns and villages and eight islands, there’s bound to be something for every taste. From food tastings, foraging walks, open-air markets, seminars, cook-offs and masterclasses to intimate evenings with local artisan food producers imparting their culinary wisdom, new events include a gin and tapas night. THE GLOSS food editor Trish Deseine is also participating. She will be joined by Virginie Garnier (renowned French food and lifestyle photographer who has had over 20 cookbooks published by Hachette, Ducasse and Mango) to run a two-day Cookbook Workshop.
WHO: Two art exhibitions may appeal this weekend. Opening on Saturday September 9 at Uilinn West Cork Arts Centre, is Susan MacWilliam’s exhibition Modern Experiments. Born in Belfast and based between Belfast and Dublin, where she lectures at the National College of Art and Design, MacWilliam has exhibited nationally and internationally. Modern Experiments forms a significant body of material which, “explores concepts not always fully explained through mainstream scientific or psychological study, including paranormal phenomena, mediumship, ectoplasm, x-ray vision and telepathy.”
Meanwhile if you are in Sligo do visit Sorca O’Farrell’s new exhibition of charcoal drawings which opens at The Hamilton Collection Gallery (4 Castle Street, Sligo Town) this week. Says O’Farrell, “This body of work is inspired by a landscape close to where I live. It is a place I have visited repeatedly throughout my life, a place of safety and tranquility. I find the medium of charcoal satisfying in creating this work, its subtle properties help me translate my interpretation of the landscape.” www.hamiltongallery.ie. www.sorcaofarrell.ie.
HOW: If you can’t make it to West Cork, then Airfield Estate Festival of Food in Dundrum, Dublin on Saturday September 9 and Sunday September 10, may appeal. Airfield Head Gardener Colm O’Driscoll and Head Baker Shane Smith will be showcasing some great ideas and tips from the Estate gardens and kitchens. The team from Corleggy Cheese in Cavan will be on hand to demonstrate easy at-home cheesemaking. Leinster Honey will be talking about urban bee keeping with an opportunity to see a live bee colony. Howbert & Mays, the Estate’s garden shop, will have an array of seeds, bulbs, plants, flowers and gardening advice on offer. With music throughout the (free) weekend, and over 40 local producers plus lots of old-fashioned lawn games, this promises to be a fun weekend for all the family. www.airfield.ie
AND … We’re booking ahead for two events next week. First up, Sunil Ghai’s Spice Masterclass at Pickle Eating House, Dublin, on Tuesday September 12. Discussing how North Indian food is different from other regions of India, and looking at people’s favourite dishes from tikka masala to korma and beyond, Sunil’s masterclass is followed by a two-course dinner. Spaces are limited, price is €100 per person for an hour-long masterclass and two-course dinner with a glass of wine. The masterclass starts at 4pm, with dinner from 5 – 7pm. For more information and to book, contact Pickle; +353 1 5557755; 43 Camden Street, Dublin 2.
Next Friday September 15, The Strypes and Roisin O will take to the stage in NoLIta on George’s Street, for the Delicate (T)issue event, a fundraiser in aid of Pieta House, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland and An Saol. This event is dedicated to the untold stories of those with mental illness related acquired brain injuries and will be hosted by RTÉ 2fm’s Eoghan McDermott. Tickets are €75 and include complimentary food and drinks from 6 – 10pm, a string quartet, jazz musicians as well as a stunning spoken word and light installation by Dublin Fringe Festival performance artist Vickey Curtis. To purchase tickets or make a donation visit www.eventbrite.ie/delicate-tissue.
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