A homage to all things gastronomic, “Food for Life!” will be the theme at this year’s Theatre of Food at Electric Picnic.
Taking place at Stradbally from September 4th – 6th, the designated food area will host a wide array of activities including food demos, wine tasting, mixology demos, debates, food sampling and more.
Describing the Theatre of Food as a great melting pot and meeting place for Ireland’s most talented foodies, Sally McKenna of the McKenna Guides said; “It is always a great privilege to bring together the best chefs, artisans and food professionals to work towards putting on a spectacular food event in such an enjoyable setting”.
Two family pairings will highlight the central theme to the event; The Happy Pear’s David & Stephen Flynn of The Happy Pear, and Domini & Peaches Kemp. The sibling sets will each demo recipes to help you feel and look better to live to healthier lifestyle.
With contributions from acclaimed chefs and Ireland’s leading food writers, the Theatre of Food will also present hands-on workshops teaching various forgotten skills like making raw milk cheese, butter, fermented food, gluten-free foods and even a taco workshop.
For those who are more beverage-inclined, Electric Picnickers will have the opportunity to hear from craft brewers, the Brown Paper Bag Project, experience a wine, beer and chocolate tasting from two of Ireland’s leading wine experts, John Wilson and Leslie Williams. As well as that, Oisin Davis will be talking about mixology and whiskey and there will be a very special cocktail demo from Shannen Butler-Keane.
“Design in Food” is a feature of this year’s Picnic and food design elements include food stylist Johan van de Merwe, modern Irish chef skills from JP McMahon and a frozen CO2 display that turns beer into ice cream from Judith and Susan Boyle.
This year, since music is a massive part of the festival, food writer and former Hot Press rock journalist, John McKenna is presenting Let Music Be Your Food with Niall Stokes, editor of Hot Press, Kevin O’Toole from Dublin’s Chameleon, Niall Toner of the Sunday Times, TV chef Gary O’Hanlon, Shannen Butler-Keane and front-of-house’s Bridget Healy.
Theatre of Food takes place in the Mindfield area of Electric Picnic. The event is curated by McKennas’ Guides, and produced by VSC Events. Sound exciting? See more of the programme’s breakdown on SpilltheBeans here.
(Images via Theatre of Food on Facebook)