Dublin’s food festival, Dine in Dublin, is once again bringing a feast of cultural delights to the city this October for a fantastic 9th season. From Monday, 21st to Sunday, 27th October, the festival will see top restaurants throughout Dublin city centre get involved with giveaways, special events and of course, great value offers on meals in a wide range of the city’s best eateries.
Throughout the week, Dublin city centre’s electric atmosphere will be highlighted and with a broad selection of well-known chefs and restaurants on board, Dine in Dublin showcases the best the city has to offer. The week-long festival will feature a unique mix of demonstrations, competitions, prosecco evenings, wine-tastings and interactive experiences including a Pop-Up theatre performance in L’Gueuleton on Wednesday 23rd, featuring Susan Boyle presenting short extracts from her play “A Wine Goose Chase”; live performances from Direct Approach and The Bounty Hunters in the Hard Rock Café for Pinktober – raising awareness and funds for breast cancer; a Witches and Warlocks party in TGI Friday, perfect for keeping the kids entertained around Halloween; a cocktail masterclass in Saba; and a mini Oktoberfest in The Church, featuring performances from Irish bands including Republic of Loose.
Dine in Dublin deals throughout the week will tempt your taste buds and ensure you are making the most of the city’s temptations with offers including three courses plus tea or coffee for €30 in Brasserie Sixty6 (including a €10 voucher for Fade Street Social, Rustic Stone or Brasserie Sixty6); a 5 course tasting menu for €39.95 at Bang (valued at €69.95); and a Tapas and Wine Fest in Salamanca including a platter of their favourite tapas, served with a glass of house wine and a selected dessert for only €25.
Julie Dupouy, Director of Wines at Donnybrook, Dublin delicatessen and restaurant Donnybrook Fair recently became the first sommelier representing Ireland to reach the semi-finals of the European Sommelier Championship, held, this year in Sanremo, Italy.
The Championship, in which experts from the various European countries take part in a series of blind tasting, wine and food pairings and theoretical knowledge, has been running since 1988 and is widely regarded as Europe’s definitive sommelier contest. Julie, who joined Donnybrook Fair this year, competed under the critical scrutiny of a Technical Commission made up of the world’s top three sommeliers plus a Master of Wine. Her record-breaking performance lifted her to 8th place in the European rankings.
Joe Doyle, owner of Donnybrook Fair said “The intensity of this competition can not be overstated. We are very lucky to be working with someone of Julie’s calibre. Qualifying for the semi-finals of such a prestigious event was an outstanding achievement. Everyone at Donnybrook Fair is thrilled.”
Butcher Michael Byrne of Sandymount, Dublin 4 has been feted at The Great Taste Awards for his innovative new sausages, ‘Argentinian Chorizo’ & ‘Pork with Tomato Basil & Red Wine’.
To create the winning sausages Michael and his colleagues developed the flavours through countless tastings and refinements over the last few months to develop a winning taste and texture that. In-store tastings are planned to allow customers to sample the winners – only two of a number of varieties the company has developed.
Out of almost 10,000 products entered into Great Taste 2013 just 125 have been awarded 3-star. All 3-star products were re-judged by a panel including Masterchef judge and restaurant critic Charles Campion, food buyers from Harrods, Fortnum & Mason, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and Whole Food Markets and Michelin-starred chef Russell Brown. In total more than 12 judges will have tasted and commented on each product. Judges are presented with, for example, a piece of cheese, a slice of pie or a small dish of chutney, with no wrappings, jars or marks – and they taste, confer and re-taste before making the decision on whether a product should be a 1-, 2- or 3-star winner. Hence, taste is the only criterion, branding and packaging play no part.
Michael, who is my local butcher,was kind enough to supply me with samples of the prizewinners for tasting. The 2-star accoladed ‘Argentian Chorizo’ has intriguing flavours and a perfect texture, with enough chilli in the blend to enliven the sausage without causing the diner to demand a fire extinguisher! The ‘Argentinian Chorizo’ & ‘Pork with Tomato Basil & Red Wine’ that took a 1-star award. While I had slight reservations about texture – the sausage was not completely integrated and the components separated as soon as I put the fork in – there was no doubting the excellence of the flavour.
Altogether a great result for this innovative Dublin craft butcher.
The inaugural Dublin Wine & Fizz Fest 2013 will take place on Saturday and Sunday, 19th/20th October in the Pembroke District, Dundrum.
Speaking at the launch of the event, Ruth Deveney, festival organiser and owner of Deveney’s of Dundrum Off-Licence, said: “With wine so readily available in every supermarket and garage across the country, a lot consumers are guided by familiar labels and brands that can afford to advertise – not quality and value for money. We’ve noticed a significant increase in wine drinkers visiting our shop, keen to know more about the wines they are purchasing. Help and guidance is rarely on hand at multiples and in garages. Therefore, in response to consumer demand, we decided to launch an event to give wine drinkers and lovers a taste for what’s available and how they can make informed purchases. The festival is not all about wine however – there will be a selection of artisan foods and some great live music too.”
The Dublin Wine & Fizz Fest 2013 is also designed to provide a platform for small, family-owned wineries to promote their offerings. Over 500 wines will be available to sample, from single-estate Amarones, to aged Verdejos and Blanc de Blanc Champagnes, as well as a variety of Ports and dessert wines.
Mouth-watering tapas will be served by Porterhouse Dundrum and a range of carefully selected cheeses will also be available to match each wine choice. Live music will add to the atmosphere throughout the two-day event and some of Dublin’s up-and-coming artists will display their latest pieces within the venue.
Tickets for The Dublin Wine & Fizz Fest 2013 are priced at €15, or two for €25, which includes a free Riedel wine glass on arrival. Tickets for the event are available through Deveney’s of Dundrum, with a limited number available on the door, for both days.
You can follow all the action on Twitter @WineFizzFest