Galway has the foodie edge
Food on the Edge 2017 was launched earlier this month in Irish chef Robin Gill's Paradise Garage in London. The two-day symposium will take place in Galway on October 9 and 10, and aims 'to generate debate, discussion and thought leadership on the future of food both in the industry and on the planet'.
JP McMahon of the Michelin-starred Aniar in Galway is the symposium director, and he and his team have lined up an impressive array of speakers for this year's event. The latest additions include Kamilla Seidler (above), head chef at Claus Meyer's Gustu restaurant in Bolivia; Robin Gill's fellow judge on TV3's Celebrity MasterChef, Daniel Clifford of Midsummer House in Cambridge; Helsinki's wild herb specialist and chef Sami Tallberg; and author, investigative journalist and food evangelist Joanna Blythman, who is consistently the best-researched and most dogged writer on complex issues in the food industry in the UK.
The line-up also includes chefs and stars of the Netflix series Chef's Table; Swedish chef Magnus Nilsson of Fäviken; Slovenian chef and the winner of 2016 Best Female Chef in the World, Ana Roš of Hiša Franko restaurant, plus Niki Nakayama, owner of n/naka restaurant in Los Angeles.
Also appearing are Paul Cunningham of Henne Kirkeby Kro in Denmark; Torsten Vildgaard of Studio restaurant in Copenhagen; Ashley Palmer-Watts, head chef at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal in London; Bo Bech of Restaurant Geist in Copenhagen; Emma Bengtsson, executive chef at two-star Scandinavian restaurant Aquavit in New York; author Kat Kinsman, a food and drinks editor and founder of the mental health awareness website Chefs With Issues; Austrian chef Heinz Reitbauer of two-star Steirereck Restaurant in Vienna; Enrico Crippa of Piazza Duomo in Piedmont, Italy, and Jorge Vallejo of Quintonil in Mexico City.
Other confirmed speakers are Soenil Bahadoer of De Lindehof in the Netherlands; Nicolai Nørregaard of Kadeau in Denmark; Sven Elverfeld of three-star Aqua in Wolfsburg, Germany; ex- Noma chefs Samuel Nutter and Victor Wagman, now of Bror in Copenhagen; Tom Adams of Pitt Cue in London; Bertrand Grébaut of Septime in Paris; Hiroyasu Kawate of Florilège in Tokyo; locavore chef James Viles of Biota restaurant in Bowral, New South Wales, Australia; and Margot Janse of The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français in Franschhoek, South Africa.
Expect plenty of talk about mental health, diversity and the need for change in the restaurant industry. A two-day ticket costs €350; see foodontheedge.ie
SAVOUR SLIGO TAPAS TRAIL
Yeats' Weekend runs from June 8-10, as does the Sligo Tapas Trail, featuring €5 dishes based on local ingredients from restaurants and cafés including Eala Bhán, Le Fournil, Café Fleur, Lyons Café, Knox, Sweet Beat, Osta Café & Wine Bar, Hargadons and The Swagman. See sligofoodtrail.ie
KEFIR WHAT YOU WISH FOR
King of Kefir's lightly carbonated natural- water kefir drinks come in flavours such as Lemongrass & Ginger and are utterly delicious. Hand-crafted in Dublin and sweetened with stevia, each bottle contains only 10 calories. Available in selected SuperValu stores; kingofkefir.ie
MAKE A PIT STOP IN D7
The Fire & Smoke Pitmaster Academy comes to Smithfield Plaza, Dublin 7, next weekend for a two-day Deep South low 'n' slow cooking experience with DJ BBQ and Ireland's foremost pitmaster, Andy Noonan (above). Admission is free, just register at facebook.com/DennyFireandSmokeIRE/