I love going to events, large or small. Equally, I love food and wine. So when you get to put the two of them together, under the one roof, across three days and I’ll be absolutely made up. Of course, I’m talking about the 2010 Food and Wine Show, taking place across November 26th – 28th in the RDS main hall. Tickets have been on sale for the summer and €20 will see you in the door with children under the age of 12 getting in for free.
I don’t know what exactly to expect from the event but I do know that it marks the start of a week off work for me, or I’m hoping it will anyway as I scramble to get a few days to take off before the year is out.
Four years ago this month I made the trip to the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo in Toronto. Three or four days, over 35,000 people, insane amounts of food, wine, local beers, world beers, New York cocktails, vodka pasta sauce and so much more. Hell, even four years on I’m still suggesting that people go to it and while it might have set a bar for me in terms of foodie events on a big scale, I’m going along to the show in Dublin with the aim of having a good time and enjoying everything Irish producers have to offer. That and spend a few bob on more homegrown food and maybe pick up a nice bottle of wine or two for the holidays. Were you there at last year’s show, did you enjoy it?
Over the three days there’s
- The Chef’s Kitchen with demos from Neven Maguire, Donal Skehan, Ross Lewis, Sunil Ghai, Dylan McGrath and more top chefs
- The Artisan Village featuring a host of Irish producers
- The Wine Experience Theatre
- Master classes in wine tasting, cocktail making, cheeses and chocolates.
- A Global Food Village (I’ll be looking towards the Caribbean dishes after picking up Levi Roots’ latest offering)
I’m hoping to get the full week off, kick things off in Dublin with a few days there, take in the Food & Wine show and then make way to Cork via Michelstown for the inaugural International Wine & Artisan Food Festival the following weekend (which might give me a lead on getting some more cocktails ready for Christmas).
I’m aiming for the Saturday, and if I’m still not done, the Sunday as well. Anyone going the three days or making a weekend of it? Whatever you’re doing, be sure and bring spare batteries for the camera!