From SPA DAYS to FOODIE EVENTS, find out what we’re planning this weekend …
WHAT: Awarded “Best Small Music Festival” last year, we’re keen to visit Another Love Story, which takes place in the grounds of the 18th-century Killyon Manor, Co Meath this weekend from August 17 – 19. With a focus on Irish musicians and artists, the festival favours inclusiveness, with multiple venues on site. We’re told The Shift Shack is the prime party location. www.anotherlovestory.ie.
To get ready, we also recommend a visit to Avoca’s Hunter pop-up shop at their Rathcoole store for festival supplies such as nifty blankets, colourful boots and rubberised backpacks. www.avoca.com.
WHY: Two food festivals are taking our fancy this weekend. A huge crowd is expected at the K Club’s Walled Garden on Sunday, August 19 for Taste of Kildare, where chefs including Rachel Allen will join seafood expert Martin Shanahan, Ross Lewis of Chapter One and the award-winning Thomas Haughton, for a series of cookery demonstrations celebrating the county’s restaurants and food producers. Tickets for the event, organised by Kildare Fáilte, are available at www.tasteofkildare.ie priced at €10 each. Under 14s with an adult go free.
Europe’s biggest barbecue event – The Big Grill Festival – takes place in Herbert Park from August 16 – 19, where “pitmasters” from over 200 restaurants will participate in cooking demonstrations using natural wood and charcoal (no grills or electricity will be used). “Baste camp” is the hub of the event, while guests will get to sample master chefs such as JP McMahon of Aniar restaurant in Galway who will be cooking at the Wild Lager tent. We advise going on an empty stomach! Tickets are from €18. www.biggrillfestival.com.
WHERE: Congratulations to Powerscourt Hotel and its Espa Spa which was awarded the title of “Best Luxury Resort Spa” in northern Europe by the prestigious World Luxury Spa Awards, held at Galgorm Resort last month. We’re keen to sample the resort’s “Naturally Unexpected” offer (from €170 pps), which includes an overnight stay and breakfast in Sika restaurant with 20 per cent off spa treatments. The Sleep Ritual comes highly recommended. www.powerscourthotel.com.
WHO: For something completely different we’re booking to see a modern version of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein at The Abbey. The production, directed by Muireann Ahern, reimagines Victor Frankenstein as a molecular biologist who creates life from his own DNA, with catastrophic results. The psychological thriller is told in retrospect as Frankenstein speaks from prison, defending his actions. FRNKNSTN runs from August 17 – September 1 and is not recommended for under 16s. www.abbeytheatre.ie.
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