Saturday 18 November 2017

Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend

Who, What, wear

Dublin Fashion Festival
Dublin Fashion Festival
National Gallery Ireland - Scarf
Snakeskin Cushion, €17,
'Grounded' coming to Tiger Fringe Festival
Treatment room at The Heritage, Killenard
Asian raw chopped salad at The Meeting House

Strictly speaking, Dublin doesn't have a fashion week. What it does have is Dublin Fashion Festival, a week-long event starting this Monday, with over 250 retailers, restaurants, bars and hotels involved, celebrating all things fashion-related.

This includes street catwalk shows, workshops, exhibitions and for the first time this year, there's the Canon Young Fashion Photographer of the Year competition. Make sure you get your seat on the FROW.


Scrub up

Festival-going takes its toll and after Electric Picnic this weekend revellers craving a proper bed and a hot shower can drop off at The Heritage in Killenard for a Post-Picnic Pick-Up package. Treat yourself on Monday, September 7, with a bath and a nap, before indulging in a two-hour spa experience, with a 30-minute ESPA spa treatment, followed by dinner in the hotel's Arlington restaurant and breakfast the next morning.

BOOK: €150 per person sharing,

Fringe benefits

Dublin comes alive next week with Tiger Dublin Fringe and its myriad comedy, music, theatre, dance and circus events taking place. The festival is celebrating its 21st birthday this year and the Spiegeltent is making its welcome return to Wolf Tone Square where highlights include Over the Top Wrestling, the music and comedy mix of Al Porter and the Swing Cats.

BOOK: Running until September 20,

Made with love

Ireland's most popular painting, The Meeting on the Turret Stairs by Frederic William Burton depicts a soldier stealing a kiss from his lover and now weaver Liz Christy, who was commissioned by the Gallery, has created a hand-woven scarf in boule wool and cotton, which reflects the love story of 'Hellelil and Hildebrand' and their final meeting. A perfect gift for the one you love. BUY: €70, available in the National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

Fairy fun

For a magical day out this Saturday take a trip to the Enchanted Fairy and Elf Festival, taking place in the Irish National Stud & Gardens, Kildare. This family event includes fairy door trails, chill out gardens, bouncy castles, Lego play area, face painting and it's in aid of Sensational Kids, the Kildare-based children's charity which helps bridge the gap in services for children with additional needs.

DETAILS: 12pm-5pm; for ticket prices see

Second skin

Snakeskin has had a makeover this autumn/winter, emerging as one of the hottest trends from the catwalk, as championed by Miu Miu, Christopher Kane and Lanvin. If you're not quite ready to take a walk on the wild side sartorially, you can make a bold décor statement and introduce lashings of snakeskin at home. We love this Syd snakeskin cushion, which adds a dash of pattern and colour and more than a little jet-set glamour to a room.

BUY: €17,

Asian fusion

The Meeting House, which opened up last year in what was formerly Eden in Dublin's Temple Bar has launched a brand new menu with lots here to tickle the taste buds. The Burmese-influenced menu, where all dishes are €9.99, now includes blackened cod, mini Asian tuna burgers, seabass tempura, and a zesty raw chopped salad. As of mid-September, they'll also be serving brunch.


Next week...

Hot stuff

Given how fond we are as a nation of a cuppa, it's surprising that the country's first festival celebrating the bean and the leaf only took place last year. After its previous huge success, The Dublin Coffee and Tea Festival is back again taking place in the RDS from September 11-13. As well as the Roaster's Village, where you can meet micro roasters and retailers and sample their blends, there's also an artisan food village, the People's Stage, with a range of demos and talks and several competitions.

BOOK: A one-day ticket is €10.40 and a three-day ticket costs €15.40,

Harvest time

Did you know that Waterford was once the medieval wine capital of Ireland? It's the subject matter of one of the events taking place during the Waterford Harvest Food Festival next weekend. Other interesting highlights include Farm to Fork, where you can meet local food producers, the GIY Growfest, where Swallow This author Joanna Blythman and Ballymaloe head gardener Susan Turner will be speaking, as well as markets, a craft corner and a mini animal farm on Ballybricken Green.


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