PENNY McCORMICK shares a roundup of the best events taking place this weekend …
WHAT: The Ballymaloe Craft Fair – a great place to start Christmas shopping – returns to Ballymaloe Grainstore on the grounds of Ballymaloe House in Shanagarry, Co Cork on Friday November 16, Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 from 10am – 6pm. Expect artisanal food, workshops (from €15), challah bread design, lively music, and a new sustainable living fringe, where artist and environmentalist Annie Holland will show her headdresses made of single-use plastics. For the first time, the Craft Fair will open on the Friday night from 6-9pm. Admission to the fair is €5, children under 16 are free. Advance booking is advised for the workshops. www.ballymaloefestivals.ie.
WHERE: Whether you’ve started the search for the ideal Christmas gift or you’re looking for the perfect excuse to treat yourself, Kildare Village’s exclusive Private Sale should be earmarked. The Private Sale runs until Sunday 18 November for all Privilege members. Register your details here to become a Privilege member and receive your invite to the Private Sale: kildarevillage.com.
WHO: How about a brunch experience with a difference on Saturday November 17? Ketel One will be collaborating with pan-Asian restaurant Opium in its Botanical Garden, 31 Wexford Street, Dublin 2, combining a masterclass, led by brand ambassador Nial Molloy and bartenders Federico Rizzo and Carl D’Alton, with a unique brunch experience. Guests will have the opportunity to try their hand at creating a Ketel One Thai Mary, as well as enjoy cocktails such as a Ketel & Soda and a Ketel One Irish Mule. Brunch will finish with indulgent desserts, a Ketel One Espresso Martini and a kitchen disco. Tickets cost €33.30 per person. To book the Ketel One Brunch at Opium on Saturday, November 17 1pm–4.30pm, visit www.eventbrite.ie.
WHERE: The Dún Laoghaire Vinyl Festival takes place from November 16 – 18 and involves a series of discussions and seminars with a selection of international artists and musicians who will gather to celebrate and discuss the vinyl record and its role in our culture in the past and present. Venues for the event include The National Maritime Museum and the Lexicon Library studio with a line-up of special guests including Oscar-nominated filmmaker Lenny Abrahamson, singer and actress Bronagh Gallagher, Gavin Friday, Adrian Dunbar, the Horslips and many more. For further information and tickets visit www.vinylfestival.ie.
WHY: Starting this weekend and running until November 25, is the newly-launched initiative “Explore Your Archive 2018,” which is encouraging the public to explore their own past via their local, regional and national archives. Exhibitions, traditional music, talks and tours are all part of the line-up in Dublin, Cork and Belfast. We’re booking ahead for the walking tour of St Stephen’s Green by the Dublin City Library and Archive. Led by Dublin City Council historian-in-residence, Maeve Casserly, the tour will explore the connections of the local area with the Irish suffrage movement. Friday, November 24 at 1pm. More information and the full event programme are available at www.exploreyourarchive.org.
AND … To celebrate World Italian Cuisine Week, we’re heading to Ristorante Rinucinni in Kilkenny next week, where head chef and owner Antonio Cavaliere has created a new truffle tasting menu paired with Italian wines, which is available on Tuesday November 20 only, at 7pm, priced at €80 per person. Located opposite Kilkenny Castle on the city’s Medieval Mile, Rinucinni’s is a much-loved neighbourhood restaurant, which has been delighting locals and visitors for almost 30 years. www.rinucinni.com.
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