The DublinTown Food and Drink Festival, running to Oct 14-20, highlights Dublin city’s vibrant gastronomic scene, through a range of events and experiences reflecting Ireland's capital city's diverse cuisine.

The DublinTown Food and Drink Festival kicked off this week with dinner in the historic setting of Bewley's, on Grafton Street where 120 guests tasted an exciting and diverse range of food and drink from local restaurants.

Eight businesses from the Dublin city center, including the fooderies Blazing Salads, SanLorenzo’s, and 101 Talbot, came together to offer guests a unique experience, showcasing the wide variety of cuisine available in Dublin city and throughout the festival.

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Clyde Carroll, Director of Marketing & Communications for DublinTown, called the launch event a true collaboration of Dublin businesses. 

He told our sister publication Food and Wine Ireland “When we met beforehand, all the people involved came with something in mind, to start the discussion. As a community, they support each other, and we ended up with the menu we have tonight with a true joint effort from them altogether.”

An exciting and diverse menu

Hosted by Andrew Rudd of Medley, the dinner boasted an exciting menu featuring some local glories, such as Blazing Salads. The Drury Street eatery served a vegetarian black bean and quinoa burger, paired with a Dr. Deinhard, Weissburgunder wine chosen by Paul Foley, from The Corkscrew.

Chef Neal Magee, from 101 Talbot, served a wild Irish game terrine, while Jules Mak, head chef of Zozimus, delighted the guests with his prawn potstickers and steamed dumpling, paired with a Rioja Blanco. 

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The savory offerings were completed with a seared rump of Slaney Valley Irish lamb, prepared by Patrick Clément, Development Chef for Pallas Foods, who proudly sponsored the event. The dish was served with a Château la Couronne, Montagne St-Emilion.

To finish the meal on a high note, San Lorenzo’s thrilled the crowd with their famous Coco Pops French Toast, a popular dish from their brunch menu. Wojciech Tylser, Head Barista in Bewley’s (and Irish Barista Champion 2019), served an infused coffee alongside Bewley’s carrot cake, followed by cocktails from House to keep the party going. 

Coffee from Bewley’s on Grafton Street.

Coffee from Bewley’s on Grafton Street.

Showcasing the best of Dublin food

The evening was about showing to the public what those businesses do best, and promoting the sense of community between them and the attendees.

“It’s a celebration of the diversity of the food and drink we have in the city of Dublin”, Clyde added. “We are not asking the businesses involved to do something majorly different to what they usually offer; for example, we are in Bewley’s, they make great coffee, and we just want them to show how good their coffee is.”

The DublinTown Food and Drink Festival events and activities reflect the diverse culinary experiences Dublin city can offer.

Asia Market will run a “10 Weird Foods to Eat Before You Die” event on Thursday, Oc 17.

On Monday, Oct 14, 15, and 16, DublinTown’s in-house historian Gerard Farrell will lead a historical storytelling pub trail through Dublin.

On Oct 15, Balfes at the Westbury will introduce guests to the distilleries located in Dublin's city center, with a three-course whiskey tasting along with Roe&Co Whiskey, Pearse Lyons, Teeling Whiskey and The Dublin Liberties Distillery. 

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For further information and to book tickets, visit foodanddrinkfest.ie.

* Originally published on foodandwine.ie.

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