Weekend Eats: A Foodie Guide for this Weekend
Plan your weekend of scoffing with our food guide.
For many of us, the weekend offers the happy opportunity to indulge ourselves but often there is so much to do (and eat) that it can be difficult to make a plan.
Independent.ie has had a snoop for the weekend’s optimum scoffing opportunities and from scrumptious lessons from dreamy chocolatiers, transformations into a murder suspect and a trip to an new/old spot, you might just be sorted.
French Food Fair on the Square
Where: 63 Merrion Square, Dublin 2
When: Saturday 11 October 10.00am – 6.00pm
Organised by award-winning food blogger Ketty Elisabeth, the French Food Fair on the Square looks to be the perfect escape from the Autumn chill this Saturday. Hosting stalls laden with delicious French breads, chocolates and mountains of cheese the event seems to be the ideal place to indulge the weekend glutton within. Talks with Franck Le Moenner of Sheridans Cheesemongers and Tartine Bakery’s Thibault Peigne also shine from the fair’s agenda. A light breakfast is probably recommended.
Entry is free.
For more information visit: www.frenchfoodieinDublin.com
Blue Cheese Day
Where: Sheridan’s Cheese Mongers, Galway
When: Saturday 11 October 11am-3pm
The fact that blue cheese has been granted a celebratory day of its own may seem questionable to many but admirers are in for a treat in Galway as Bellingham Blue’s Peter Thomas will be in store to taste, talk and share his cheeses with customers popping into Sheridans on Churchyard Street.
Meanwhile, in Tipperary, foodies can flock to Cloughjordan House for a Farmhouse cheese tasting, where visitors will learn to cook dishes incorporating farmhouse cheeses and craft beer. Tickets cost €100 per person but you might be in for a real treat.
For more events celebrating Discover Farmhouse Cheese Month visit the website.
Kinsale Food Festival
Where: Kinsale, Co. Cork
When: October 10-12
Festival revellers seeking the atmosphere of summer food festivals gone by should seek an autumn fix at this weekend’s annual Kinsale Gourmet Festival. Celebrating the delicious seafood plucked from the nearby ocean as well as the stunning local produce the festival boast some exciting events including a ‘Mat Hat’ trot through the town and a ‘Fruits de Mer Luncheon’ with piles of spankingly fresh lobster, oysters, prawns, crab and mussels. If black-tie events are your thing there’s one of them too but Brad Pitt has yet to be confirmed as one competitor in the festival much anticipated ‘celebrity cook-offs’.
For more information visit www.kinsale.ie
Murder Mystery Dinner
Where: Fitzwilliam Hotel, Great Victoria Street BT2 7BQ
When: Friday October 10
As Belfast’s Restaurant Week draws to a close, a murderously good time might be had in the Fitzwilliam Hotel on Friday night as they get set to play host to a Murder Mystery Night. Mingle with the suspects throughout dinner, picking up clues while you try and figure out ‘who dunnit’. There are only limited spaces left but if you’re up that way it does seem like it will be a bit of a (evil) laugh.
Those looking for a scrumptious trek in the city on Saturday should visit pop up Eat Street from 3pm to 11pm which boasts a number of scrummy stalls including those from Jolly Pies, Street Dogs and Cafe Livanto.
Worth a Visit
Where: The Old Spot, Bath Avenue, Dublin 4
If you’re a frequent visitor or indeed resident of D4, you may have noticed the recent facelift graced upon what was once the Lansdowne Pub. Freshly painted and ironically named The Old Spot, the new opening knocked up a scrumptious dinner on their opening Saturday, on which we visited. Well worth a visit, especially if you’re really (really) hungry. Prepare to roll yourself home.