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“Food for Life” the theme for this year’s jam-packed Theatre of Food at Electric Picnic

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)

Word of Mouth: Theatre of Food Programme at Electric Picnic

Heading to Electric Picnic this year? Don’t forget about the wonder that is the Theatre of Food!

Here’s a brief programme breakdown of what to expect (more in-depth details about the food area here):


  • Food for Life! with David and Stephen Flynn of the Happy Pear and Domini and Peaches Kemp.
  • Cooking with Seaweed with Kevin Thornton
  • Mexico Vs Spain with Jp McManus and Lily-Ramirez Foran
  • Sushi Skills with Kwanghi Chan
  • Food Truck Food with Diana Dodog
  • Street Food with Kevin O’Toole and Sham Hanifa
  • Hangover Food with Aine Maguire
  • Star Chefs: The Next Generation with Wade Murphy, Gearoid Lynch and the Eurotoques Young chefs
  • The Bear and the Butcher with Joe Macken
  • Ireland’s Food Treasures with Catherine Fulvio and Martin Shanahan
  • Beach Food with Atlantic Sea Kayaking
  • Wagyu Beef with Pat Whelan and Katy McGuinness
  • Vegan Feast with Louise Clarke Classic
  • Pub Grub with Richard and Duncan Blair


Classic Cocktails with Shannen Butler-Keane Wine, beer and Chocolate tasting with Leslie Williams and John Wilson Bear and Beards with Colin Hession Mixology and Whiskey with Oisin Davis.


The Theatre kitchen will run by award-winning chef Caitlin Ruth and Bridget Healy. Taste a Roast in a Roll from The Good Food Store, Goatsbridge Trout, and food from the Ardkeen Food Heroes.


Forgotten skills re-awakened in the tent: Raw Milk Cheesemaking, Fermentation, Country Butter, Gourmet Gluten-free and a Taco Workshop. Also a record-breaking attempt at a length of nettle pasta (family event).


Celebrating Design in Food, this will highlight three elements of Food Design and transformation: beer ice cream with Judith and Susan Boyle, Foams with JP McMahon and food styling with Johan van de Merwe.


Food Waste, the issues and solutions of this global problem. A Food Quiz – the celebs verses the starred chefs. BiaBeag, the Butcher, the Baker and the Brewer and a music session that gets everyone in the tent dancing, Let Music Be Your Food.


Theatre of Food returns with the Megaphone – manifestos on food leftovers, food waste, labelling, real bread, GMO, raw food and revising the outdated food pyramid.


This year sees a new award added to the traditional Judges Award and Picnicker’s Award, when a Design Award will also be given to the best-dressed food stall.


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