From food festivals to family fun breaks, Penny McCormick rounds up the best events taking place this weekend …
WHY: With the promise of good weather on the horizon, we’re booking into the newly renovated four star Carrigaline Court Hotel, Co Cork, within striking distance of blue flag beaches and the pretty sights of Kinsale, Camden Fort, and the starting point for boat trips between Crosshaven and Spike Island. The hotel is offering special “Yaycation” rates which include a stay in a luxurious family guestroom with breakfast and evening dinner, along with access to “Camp Rock” kids club and the leisure centre, starting from €163 per night for a family of four. To book the getaway visit www.carrigalinecourt.com.
WHAT: Did someone say cheese and wine? At Iveagh Gardens, Dublin 2, there is a festival dedicated to both starting today and running until Sunday. Expect plenty of interesting wines, with lots of organic, natural and biodynamic vintages as well as local and European cheeses. The Eatyard Stage will host tasting sessions, podcasts and chats about subjects ranging from the perfect cheese toastie to a special Cheesy Singalong Social, with music from the Dublin Ukulele Collective, Trinity Orchestra do Abba, R’n’Brie special from Holla Back, and Bodytonic DJs. For more information visit www.wine-n-cheese.com.
WHERE: On Saturday August 10, we’re taking our yoga mats to the Deep House Yoga Project, at DTwo, 60 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2 – to try one of their monthly rituals of music and movement, described as “a bit of oomph to the OM.” The sessions fuse the sounds of underground music with a vinyasa flow set. The love-child of Saoirse Connolly and Jen Stallard, the duo have hosted pop-up sessions from Sydney, Australia to Burning Man festival and are pleased to bring the innovative event to Dublin. All levels are welcome and make sure to bring something cosy for the healing savasana sessions, which are deeply relaxing. 12pm – 1.30pm, tickets cost €22.50 plus booking fee and are available on www.eventbrite.ie.
WHERE: If you are venturing up north for the weekend there are two events happening in Co Down and Co Armagh which might be of interest. For something completely different, Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, Co Down is the setting for Gorgeous Georgians and Vile Victorians. This is a stage production by the renowned Horrible Histories group who will be performing al fresco from August 10 – 14. All things and people awful and amusing combine, including the mad King George III and the Duke Wellington as well as Victorians such as Dr John Snow and Florence Nightingale, the Lady of the Lamp. For tickets visit www.hrp.org.uk.
Meanwhile in Armagh, one of the UK and Ireland’s best blues and roots music events is taking place. 7 Hills Blues Fest will see over 50 musical acts play from August 8 – 11 across 20 venues at events including a Blues Picnic in the Palace Park, musical workshops, a Blues Walking Tour, and a screening of the Oscar-winning biopic Ray at the Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre in celebration of the life of blues king Ray Charles. www.7hillsblues.com
AND … If you’re in the vicinity of Levis’ Corner House, Ballydehob, West Cork this weekend, do look out for a sleek Airstream food truck. It belongs to Bia Rebel – who are relocating from Belfast for the rest of August and introducing West Cork residents to their famous ramen dishes. “Every day from 5pm our Bia Rebel food truck will offer four or more dishes that change daily,” says chef Brian Donnelly, “along with the two classic homemade noodle dishes, there will be food from the charcoal grill — like butterflied prawns cooked over coals, topped with cultured butter. There’ll also be yakitori evenings — a dining on sticks approach that will suit the drinks and casual vibe of Levis’.” www.biarebel.com
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