Food news: Burger bash at Box in Bray
Following on from the success of its inaugural Burger Bash last year, the guys at Box Burger in Bray, Co Wicklow, will be hosting their Annual Burger Bash - "celebrating the burger in all its glory" - on Thursday August 31, from 5pm.
Box is at the heart of a culinary renaissance under way in the seaside town and has become a favourite with serious meat-eaters, who like to have their burgers washed down with ice-cold craft beers such as local brewer, Wicklow Wolf's single hop ale, Born in Bray.
For those who prefer to accompany their burgers with cocktails, Box has a fine selection, including the signature Drumstick (vanilla vodka, raspberry vodka, lime juice and sugar syrup) and Ticket Evader (Beefeater gin, elderflower liqueur, lemon juice, mango purée, sugar syrup and Prosecco). Box also has a comprehensive gin list, and a 'hard shakes' menu.
The 100pc Irish beef burgers are not for the faint-hearted, and include the monthly Burger Panel winner the PJB (peanut sauce, strawberry chilli jam, crispy onion, crushed roasted peanuts, lettuce, pickle, mayo) and the self-explanatory Mac 'n' Cheese, with all the burgers cooked over smoking coals and served in a steamed brioche bun.
Frickles - deep-fried Cajun pickles served with garlic mayonnaise - are a popular side order, along with sriracha halloumi fries and waffle fries with sriracha mayo. Oooof!
The Burger Bash will feature DJs, games and taste tests including the The Hottest Burger Challenge, and there's a chance to be crowned Champion Pickle Eater. Booking is not required, the event is suitable for all ages, and it takes place in Box's covered outdoor area so is not weather-dependent.
The people behind Box Burger are local couple Conor and Nicola Duggan, who also have a number of other businesses in Bray, including the Harbour Bar, Fish Bar, Ocean Bar & Grill, Pow Bao, Platform Pizza and The Martello. Pow Bao and Box have outposts at EatYard at the George Bernard Shaw in Dublin city centre too.
The latest addition to the Duggans' expanding empire is CowFish - steaks and seafood - which is located on a rooftop terrace on Strand Road in Bray. It's up a notch from their other restaurants in terms of pricing and the ambition of the menu and early reports are good.
For more, see boxburger.ie and cowfish.ie.
A festival of food takes place at the Airfield Estate in Dublin over the weekend of September 9 and 10. Entry is free and there is a host of market stalls, workshops and demonstrations, rough and tumble activities for children, and plenty of local and seasonal eating. See airfield.ie.
PIG OUT IN LIMERICK
Limerick is hosting a series of events to celebrate its food history and culture. September 22 sees the launch of Limerick's Food Mile with a four-course dinner, each course at a different hotel, and carriage transfers between them. Tickets are €49, see pigtown.ie.
DELIGHTS OF THE DEEP
Chef Brian McMonagle's menu at the new Seafood Bar at Dock 1 restaurant in Galway features oysters from Kilcolgan, Doonbeg and Dungarvan, and all manner of fishy delights including Cleggan potted crab and Rossaveal lobster, paired with Taittinger house champagne. See dockone.ie.