Sunday 18 March 2018

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Strawberry Tree, BrookLodge
Strawberry Tree, BrookLodge

Tanya Sweeney

Shell out

It stands to reason that Valentia Island would host Ireland's only King Scallop Festival – legend has it that the goddess Aphrodite was carried to earth on the shell of a scallop.

Sure enough, this weekend is all about celebrating the shellfish, with scallop cook-offs and local chefs working their magic. Kitchen hero Martin Shanahan of Fishy Fishy restaurant will be giving a seafood cookery demo. And for those not so fond of scallops, there are activities ranging from a children's triathlon to a cricket tournament and live street music.

Add a country market, helicopter display and angling competition, and you can assume that Valentia Island will be a hub of fun on July 13-14.


Lobster fest

In the capital, Brasserie Sixty6 often holds lobster dish deals for regulars, but this month head chef Kevin Molloy has gone one further. For the summer that's in it, the South Great George's Street eatery is offering a full Summer Lobster Festival menu.

For starters, think lobster bisque, fresh lobster claw salad, or lobster risotto with poached lobster tail (from €8-18). Elsewhere on the menu, enjoy a main of roast lobster with tempura claws and curry aioli, or soy-glazed pork and lobster tail with lobster mayonnaise (both €25).


Go wild and organic

Anyone who has been to Wicklow getaway BrookLodge will no doubt recall the sumptuous fare at the Strawberry Tree Restaurant (above), Ireland's only certified wild and organic restaurant.

Twenty-five years ago this month, Evan Doyle opened the restaurant to instant acclaim, and to celebrate their quarter-century of success, the owners are offering BrookLodge guests something special.

Not only will Strawberry Tree clients receive 25pc off dinner on midweek nights throughout July, each guest will enjoy a recreation of the wild and organic menu of the restaurant first served in 1988.

See or call 0402 36444.

Time for tea

This month, tea connoisseurs can indulge themselves at the Oolong Flower Power tea shop on Dublin's Stephen Street.

Offering 300 loose tea varieties and more than 40 gourmet coffee blends, Oolong Flower Power (below) also has food, tea accessories, gift sets and jewellery.

Tea experts will be on hand to match your food with your tea – did you know that green tea goes well with foods normally paired with white wine?

The tea room will be open seven days a week until 11pm. Keep an eye out for themed tea weeks, tea parties and tea-tasting evenings.


TFI Monday

Enjoy Happy Mondays every Monday (except bank holidays) at Fallon & Byrne in Dublin, with the offer of a post-weekend, pocket-friendly deal.

Enjoy any bottle of wine from the shelves in the cellar for just €1 corkage.

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