The six food highlights you can expect on Culture Night
Culture Night returns next Friday, September 22, with more than 3,000 events taking place across the country. Last year, more than 400,000 people got involved, and this year's programme includes a number of events focusing on food culture.
- In Athy, Co Kildare, 'Cooking up a Delicious Storm' provides an opportunity for all ages to showcase food and drink specialities from across the world and win prizes. The challenges involve either hot or cold food, depending on the age of the contestant, and pre-booking is required.
- The Gort Men's Shed in Co Galway is inviting culture vultures to spin a Lazy Susan - a turntable traditionally used for sharing food - and explore new flavours prepared by Irish, Brazilian, Russian, Syrian and Polish friends, accompanied by music from their countries, compiled by music maestro Pete Lamb.
- Rua is an award-winning café and delicatessen in Castlebar that focuses on great Irish ingredients. On Culture Night, its famous 'Mayo Mezze' will be accompanied by live music.
- In Cork, Cobh Youth Services is hosting a night of culture where young people from the organisation will display art work that they have created along with food from their own countries, while Limerick hosts a 'World Recipe Exchange', through which visitors can explore the culinary traditions of contemporary Limerick through ingredients, recipes, stories and the memories of tastes and smells.
- At Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, there will be historic tours of the cathedral, with music, food and storytelling in the medieval 12th-Century crypt, and a silent film screening accompanied by the cathedral organist David Bremner. The Dublin Food Co-op in Newmarket is hosting a celebration of food and agriculture, in partnership with growers and producers. This will feature a night-time market, live music, talks about the art of growing and sharing sustainable food, and a movie screening.
- At the Goethe-Institut, you can immerse yourself in German culture with fairy tales and short films, and a German-Irish quiz with prizes, and sample German food and drinks. Visitors to the Powerscourt Centre on Culture Night will be transported to the world of Lord and Lady Powerscourt, with a guided tour of the rooms from the kitchen to the ballroom, with pointers on fashion, make-up and food of the day.
For further information, see culturenight.ie.
WORLD BBQ CHAMPIONSHIPS
The World BBQ Championships come to Limerick's People's Park over the weekend of October 13 to 15, featuring 100 fire chef teams from 30 countries, including 10 from Ireland. Tickets from €5, worldbbqchampionships.eventbrite.co.uk
GAME ON AT KNOCKRANNY
Knockranny's annual game weekend takes place over the weekend of November 17 and 18. Seamus Commons' food is always a treat, and he is one of the best in the country when it comes to game. Two nights BnB and one dinner at the Westport, Co Mayo hotel is €199pps. knockrannyhousehotel.ie
If the palm oil in your (formerly) favourite chocolate hazelnut spread is a turn-off, try the new Hazelnut & Cocoa Butter from Fiona Maher's Nutterly Nutritious range of roasted and activated nut butters. It's addictively good. Find it in independent retailers and selected SuperValu stores from €5.60.