Tuesday 24 April 2018

The pleasure list: RSVP a front Roe seat for Louise

Catwalk queen: Fashionista Louise Roe will be in Brown Thomas to host an exclusive preview of Karen Millen's autumn/winter collection.
Catwalk queen: Fashionista Louise Roe will be in Brown Thomas to host an exclusive preview of Karen Millen's autumn/winter collection.
West Cork Food Festival
Foraging: wild mushroom

Louise Roe's first job was as an intern on Elle magazine, where she was one day asked to appear on BBC Breakfast. From there, she has gone on to present shows including The Clothes Show, E!'s Fashion Police and the MTV Europe Music Awards.

She now fronts her own makeover shows in the US, Plain Jane for MTV, and Style By Jury for TLC, and tomorrow she will be in Brown Thomas Dublin, signing copies of her book, Front Roe, and to host an exclusive preview of Karen Millen's autumn/winter collection. Taking place from 5pm-7pm, the event is open to all customers, but RSVP-ing is essential as space is naturally limited. Karen Millen's new season collection ticks exactly the kinds of boxes we are used to from this versatile, practical yet luxurious label, showing an unstudied elegance, played out through polished, tailored separates in soft leather, shearling, boucle and silk. Oh, and the first 20 customers to spend €250 will receive a fringed Aldwych clutch, one of only 200 made worldwide and available exclusively at the event.



Food heaven as the culinary delights of Cork are laid bare

Ireland's largest food festival - A Taste of West Cork Food Festival - involves 32 towns and villages and eight islands, from the Beara Peninsula to Bandon, who join forces to deliver a host of culinary entertainment, including guest chefs, cookery workshops, formal and informal dinners and interactive food demonstrations, along with a sustainable conference, Belling Food Awards ceremony, historical events and farm visits.

Running until next Sunday September 13, the festival is a smart blend of entertainment such as vintage carousels, the Comhaltas Irish dancers, plenty of pop-up shops and live bands, with more foodie-focussed events, like the enticing-sounding celebration of West Cork seafood and the Skibbereen street market. Now in its 12th year, this is also one of the longest-running food festivals on the island, a tribute to the remarkable collection of producers and manufacturers in a region blessed with natural resources.


Lessons in foraging wild food

Our continuing obsession with all things food - well, not all things, in fact, the more off-beat and esoteric the better, frankly - and exercise come together perfectly in Mary White's Wild Food Summer School, in Borris, Co Carlow. Mary is former deputy leader of the Green Party and was Minister of State for Human Rights, Equality and Integration in 2010 and 2011. She is also one of the Heritage Council's experts, and founder of eco-tourism business the Blackstairs Ecotrails, and the best person to share the culinary and natural secrets of the glorious Blackstairs mountains.

The Wild Food Summer School runs from September 11-13, and includes foraging for berries, fruits and nuts, an exploration of the medicinal properties of wild herbs, and cheese making, as well as discussions on wild food and sustainability from John and Sally McKenna, Catherine Fulvio, Trevor Sargent and Duncan Stewart, along with delicious meals, music, and workshops on up-cycling and composting. In short, an awful lot of what you need to know.


Raise a mug to celebrate undying love of the cuppa

For a nation that loves a cuppa as much as we do, it was only a matter of time before the whole delightful business got a festival of its own. And so, the Dublin Tea and Coffee Festival was born last year, and returns from September 11-13 this year, at the RDS. There's a roaster's village, a food village filled with artisan and boutique producers and products that compliment the coffee and tea drinking experience. It also includes delicious baked goods, pastries, juices, chocolate and shakes, competitions to find the best baristas, demonstrations and presentations, this is a busy, ambitious three-day programme. Find out the best coffee machine for you, or how to make a coffee cocktail. Discover the Next Big Thing in tea, the secrets of a perfect cup and the key differences between buying ground coffee or beans.

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