Thursday 26 April 2018

This weekend we're....getting the bridal inside track

Step House wedding fair.
Step House wedding fair.
Arnotts Children's Fashion Weekend.

Getting...the inside track on all things bridal by registering for the Step House Hotel wedding fair in Borris, Carlow, on October 5.

Ken Boylan has the make-up tips, MC Marietta Doran will be giving the style advice while the White Room will be showcasing the latest in bridal fashion. Hungry work, says head chef Alan Foley who will be laying on the spread. To register for the free event, email Angela Aughney at

OOHING...and aahing over the new childrenswear brands (including Billie Blush, pictured) being unveiled at the Arnotts Children's Fashion Weekend today and tomorrow. Activities include face painting, storytelling, a Disney dress-up and 'flick zone' and photo booth. Better still, child-friendly juices and treats will be served all weekend long. That's one thing ticked off the December to-do list.

Sitting...pretty and sipping tea at one of the sweetest tearooms in the country - the newly opened Tea Garden on the beautiful Georgian estate at Tankardstown in Co Meath.

Think mismatched pastel china, a three-tiered cake stand full of finger sandwiches, just-out-of-the-oven scones and homemade baked goodies. And then there's the magnificent view - landscaped gardens, rolling lawns and swathes of lavender. Bliss. Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Afternoon Tea for two costs €30.

Cleansing...our palates so that we will be in fine culinary fettle for the Dingle Peninsula Food Festival next weekend. Prepare for a feast of events, but don't miss the Taste Trail which takes in an impressive 80 establishments this year. Make sure to try Derry Clarke's Dingle Pie (he'll be raising funds for charity Console at Liam O'Neill's art gallery) - and wash it down with milliner Kathleen McAuliffe's Mad Hatter cocktail.

Taking...the pooch to the Phoenix Park in Dublin today for the Great Irish Dog Walk. Over 5,000 waggly tails are expected to take part in the 3km walk and a doggie-themed festival afterwards.

We'll also be cheering on the DSPCA, which is attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the Largest Dog Obedience Training Lesson at 1pm. The record is 390 dogs. You and your misbehaving dog can join in for €25. Whatever happens, participants go home with doggie bags and medals.

Going... to supper in a castle (Clonskeagh Castle) on Saturday to enjoy the musical alchemy of Francesco Turrisi, Brazilian Sergio Krakowski and veteran Irish jazz bass player Ronan Guilfoyle, all while enjoying a vegan feast that pays homage to Brazil. See Clonskeagh Castle on Facebook.

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