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Monday 18 December 2017

Food at Groove will be a culinary treat

Esther Hayden

Festival-goers attending this year's Groove Festival will be spoilt for choice when it comes to food.

The food options for this year's Groove Festival, which takes place at Killruddery House and Gardens on August 19 and August 20, have been carefully chosen by co-promoter Avril Bannerton of Taste of Dublin and her team to give attendees the best of bites.

The new wellness quarter, Thrive, will include talks and demonstrations on healthy eating by Oliver McCabe, Roz Purcell, Emma Buckley, Aileen Cox Blundell, Edward Hayden, Derval O'Rourke, Sunil Ghai and many more.

Food is a fundamental part of Groove Festival, with a range of options from traditional festival fare, healthy options, to gourmet delights.

Local favourite Box Burger will launch a brand new burger at the festival from their exclusive food feature.

At Killruddery Kitchen, Killruddery's head chef Seamus Hogan will use produce from the farm and walled gardens, together with ingredients sourced from producers in the weekly farm market to create some stunning food. The kitchen will offer delicious Killruddery Pork Spit Roast with fennel and orange, their own sauerkraut, homemade Dijon mayonnaise and garden leaves in a Waterford blaa

Musician Sharon Shannon brings her brand new venture, Sharon's Garden of Vegan, to Groove. Equal to her passion for music is her passion for the welfare and protection of animals and this resulted in the development of the new business venture. What started as plan to do a few pop up vegan dinner events and a live show with Sharon each year has now developed into a fully dedicated mobile food truck which attends music festivals, events and corporate functions throughout Ireland and the UK.

Urchin is one of Dublin's hottest new beach-inspired cocktail bars and festival goers will be able soak up the summer as they try some of their incredible cocktails, unique small bites, seafood and sweet treats.

Another local favourite, the Happy Pear, will be selling many of the tasty treats people enjoy at the Greystones café, including The Buddha Bowl, falafel wraps, and lots of sweet treats.

The Boojum food truck - aka the 'Boojmobile' - will bring the cool and lively atmosphere the in-store experience is known for, out on the road and to the burrito-loving festival-goers of Ireland. Boojum was the first burrito bar in Ireland and, since 2007, has grown to nine stores across the island.

BBQ Blasta is the brainchild of chef Peter Gallagher who has worked all over the world, from six-star cruise lines to five-star hotels and restaurants. The idea for BQ Blasta was born when he came across a unique smoking company on his travels in the UK, who created the magnificent centrepiece of his outdoor catering business.

Jaru is a small kitchen based in Dublin which delivers Korean-inspired food at street markets and events. They love to cook 'real' Korean soul food such as Kimchi fried rice and Samgyupsal using locally-grown, beautiful Irish ingredients.

Barilla Will be serving up a taste of Italy with a selection of pasta dishes that will be sure to be popular with young and old alike.

Keelings will be serving up a taste of summer from their food truck with, what else, but sweet Irish strawberries and cream.

With fine food, guests will also enjoy an array of drinks at the bigger and better festival, from the Hophouse 13 festival bar, Tanqueray Cocktail Bar, Urchin who will serve a selection of signature cocktails and wine, So Prosecco van, plus Frank & Honest will be on hand for festival goers coffee needs.

Music headliners on the main stage this year range from Primal Scream to Hothouse Flowers, UB40 to Hudson Taylor, Jerry Fish to Spring Break. The Sony Xperia Stage once again proves to be a hotbed of the newest Irish talent around including Katie Laffan, Daithí and Jack O'Rourke. This year acclaimed UK singer songwriter John Smith will also appear on the stage.

For more information on Groove or to purchase tickets please log onto www.groovefestival.ie.

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