TWO FOOD FESTIVALS and MUSIC IN MONKSTOWN, find out what we’re planning this weekend …
WHERE: Two food festivals get top billing this week. It’s always a pleasure to return to Midleton, which this weekend hosts Feast Cork 2018. Our picks include the long table dinner this evening at Ballyvolane House by chef Kevin Aherne with food historian, writer, broadcaster and cook, Regina Sexton. On Friday evening, find out more about the cocoa bean with artisan chocolatiers, Rostellan Chocolate. Saturday sees the farmers’ market and gardening workshops in the town, while on Sunday savouring East of East, a leisurely lunch in Sage created by Kevin Aherne and guest chef Takashi Miyazaki who has two much-lauded Japanese restaurants in Cork city. www.feastcork.ie.
The Athlone Shannon “Feastival” runs on Saturday and Sunday, with the Radisson Blu Festival marquee at the castle walls the main hub, hosting workshops and demonstrations over the two days. In addition to visiting The Artisan Food Village there’s a Feastival Fashion Trail from 11.30am on Saturday at Burgess Department Store. The main launch event is at 4pm on Saturday with chefs shucking oysters accompanied by jazz and refreshments. www.athlone.ie.
WHY: We’re popping into the Kilkenny shop which has launched “Scéal: A Story of Irish Design” to learn more about and celebrate homegrown talent. For the month of September, a pop up in the Dublin store will feature jewellery, craft and fashion designers including Natalie B Coleman, Manley, Triona Designs, Madigan, Shevlin Millinery, Holden Leathergoods, Emblem Weavers, Debbie Millington and Francis Lloyd Jones (above). www.kilkennyshop.com.
WHAT: Now in its fifth year Music in Monkstown runs from September 7 – 9 at Monkstown Parish Church, Co Dublin. French pianist Nathalia Milstein opens the festival of five concerts on Friday evening. Irish virtuoso pianist Barry Douglas and the RTÉ ConTempo String Quartet are part of the line-up. www.musicinmonkstown.ie.
WHO: Dennis and Gnasher, Minnie the Minx and Billy Whizz might not be obvious artistic muses but if you’re a fan of pop art then the new exhibition at Ebow Gallery (1 Castle Street, Dublin 8) will appeal. It celebrates the 80th anniversary of the Beano comic. To mark this milestone, pop artist Panter has transported the notorious gang of comic characters into the worlds of Warhol, Lichtenstein and Hockney in a new collection of paintings and silkscreen prints, some of which will be on sale. www.ebow.ie.
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