Food news: Eatyard at Beatyard
Dún Laoghaire's Beatyard Festival, taking place this year over the weekend of August 5 and 6, is going from strength to strength - and the food element continues to grow in importance.
The organisers - the Bodytonic team behind so many of the city's best festivals - say that the food line-up "is more dirty, delicious and finger-licking than ever" with the added benefit of a posse of Just Eat waiters on hand to take orders and deliver food right to festival-goers.
For anyone who's ever missed a favourite act while queuing for food at a festival, gone hungry for fear of missing one, or suffered the supreme agony of almost reaching the top of the queue before having to abandon it so as not to miss their idol perform, this is bound to be a big attraction.
Among the food purveyors appearing at this year's festival are Seth Troxler's Smokey Tails (a first Dublin appearance for the Hoxton barbecue restaurant), Box Burger (pictured above, otherwise found in Bray and at Eatyard in Dublin city centre), Doghouse (gourmet hot dogs), Pieman (pie and mash), The Happy Pear (vegan, vegetarian and energetic handstands), King Sitric Oyster Co, (bivalves), The Big Blue Bus (pizza), Tram Chowder (fish and chips, chowder, calamari), Pitt Bros (American BBQ) , The Crêpe Box (sweet and savoury crêpes), Dark Horse (vegan pizza) and Rocks (oysters and beef cheeks).
Aspirational foodies looking for something a bit finer can buy advance tickets for the Top Deck Restaurant, which will serve retro- inspired cocktails and a three-course seaside sit-down lunch.
Beatyard will also be hosting the final of the first ever Irish Street Food Awards, with judges Danni Barry (from the Michelin- starred Eipic in Belfast and Chef of the Year 2017), Takashi Miyazaki (from Japanese restaurant Miyazaki in Cork) and British Street Food Award founder and food writer Richard Johnson. The winner will go on to represent Ireland at the final of the European Street Food Awards in Berlin in September.
There'll also be a host of food and drink demos, with Takashi Miyazaki, Sophie White, Simon Lamont, Finn Ní Fhaoláin, Aoife Noonan from Luna, Susan and Judith Boyle of Two Sisters Brew and Rory Craig. And for those who'd rather talk about food than eat it (do these people really exist?), there'll be a panel discussion aimed at aspiring foodies and restaurateurs with some of Dublin's top food-business owners: John Farrell (777, Dillinger's, Luna), Colin Harmon (3FE) and Bodytonic's Trev O'Shea; the-beatyard.com
NEW CHEF AT MEWS
Robert Collender and James Ellis' Mews Restaurant in Baltimore, Co Cork, is open for the summer season and has a new chef, Ahmet Dede. There's a €65 tasting menu showcasing local and foraged ingredients, as well as a four-course menu priced at €39; mewsrestaurant.ie
WEXFORD BEACH EATS
Duncannon in Co Wexford will host a Gourmet Beach Market each Sunday until August 27 - expect wild and organic foods, fresh vegetables, barbecue from Cloonagh Smokin' Soul, aka 'the BBQ guys', and lots of other artisan producers; facebook.com/gourmetbeachmarket
TEMPLE BAR BIRTHDAY
While Duncannon's is a new market, Temple Bar Food Market has been going for 20 years. Sara McNally and Liadain Kaminska's Market Kitchen takes ingredients from the various stalls and combines them into a menu to showcase the best; facebook.com/themarketkitchenTBFM