PENNY McCORMICK rounds up the best events taking place this weekend …
WHEN: Taste of Dublin 2019 returns to the Iveagh Gardens this weekend, until June 16. Instead of florins this year contactless payments make it easy for attendees to sample all Taste has to offer from healthy fast-food restaurant Leon to renowned Chinese restaurant Hang Dai. Head to the Neff Taste Kitchen where demonstrations from chefs such as Kevin Dundon, Rory O’Connell, Holly White and JR Ryall are joined by Australian TV chef Colin Fassnidge. The main hub of the festival is the marketplace which features 60 food and drink purveyors and artisan producers; dublin.tastefestivals.com.
WHAT: Today Newbridge Silverware and the Museum of Style Icons launches a new exhibition “Fashion and Fantasy – a Lifetime Curation of Haute Couture” which contains a collection of rare designer pieces from Chanel, Balmain, Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy, Dior and more. Dating from the 1950s to the 2000s and curated by German fashion collector Monika Gottlieb, she has now amassed hundreds of rare, vintage pieces with some 118 items coming to Newbridge Silverware including designer coats, jewellery, shoes, bags, gowns and luggage. The exhibition is free to enter and will remain until October. www.newbridgesilverware.com.
WHERE: Cork Midsummer Festival starts today until June 23 and will welcome artists from across the world, in over 45 events taking place across the city. Highlights include an outdoor dance piece by Oona Donerty, six five-minute plays by Irish playwrights Marina Carr, Stacey Gregg, Emmet Kirwan, Louise Lowe, Mark O’Rowe and Enda Walsh, and an ambitious dance opera A Different Wolf featuring a cast of almost 100. www.corkmidsummer.com.
HOW: Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort in Co Wicklow has a new summer berries-inspired Afternoon Tea menu available until August. Just 30 minutes from Dublin, guests can take in the season’s colours in the hotel’s conservatory lounge. The Summer Berry Afternoon Tea menu includes raspberry and white chocolate eclairs, mini cheesecakes, mille feuilles and a Móinéir strawberry wine Eton mess. Costing €32 per person, the Afternoon Tea is served daily from 1.30pm to 4.00pm. www.druidsglenresort.com.
WHO: Two literary events this weekend for bibliophiles include the Dalkey Book Festival – where authors Emma Dabiri, Stephen Fry, Deborah Levy, Emilie Pine and Robert Fisk are in the line-up. www.dalkeybookfestival.org.
Of course, bookworms will know that Bloomsday is June 16 1904, the day depicted in James Joyce’s Ulysses and since the first Bloomsday was celebrated in 1954, the annual celebration has grown in size and outreach. There are readings, comedy acts, breakfasts and walking tours this weekend, all celebrating the Irish literary legend. www.jamesjoyce.ie.
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