Electric Picnic has announced details of its Theatre of Food programme at this years' event. Spread over four stages, the addition is billed as a delight for foodies, and is set to feature cookery demos, Fringe Theatre workshops and talks and much more. There's also the Drinks Theatre,with 2019 seeing the introduction of the Garden Stage, where acclaimed chef Caitlin Ruth will be showing festival goers how to make their dream of cooking in a food truck come true.
Taking place at Stradbally, Co. Laois from 30th August - 1st September, and featuring The Strokes, Florence And The Machine, Hozier, and The 1975, Electric Picnic is Ireland's largest music and arts festival.
Electric Picnic 2019 follows on from 2018's happening, which saw The Prodigy bring the event to an explosive close and saw Hozier guest with Mavis Staples.
This year the Main Stage for Theatre of Food will feature athletics champion and celebrity MasterChef winner David Gillick, as well as demos from Ireland’s cutting-edge chefs on all aspects of food, including vegan cookery from writer and natural beauty stylist Holly White. The programme will explore food and comedy – and will feature actor and comedian Conor Drum performing a set about cheese with his food blogger sister, Erica Drum. Jr Ryall of Ballymaloe House will return, having just won Best Dessert Trolley in the world at this year’s World Restaurant Awards in Paris, so expect sweet and scrummy treats for the audience. The Main Stage once again features a beautiful kitchen, designed and built by Liam Grant Wood Design, and this year the Theatre is working with Pallas Foods, Kenwood and Big Green Egg to help make it all happen at Stradbally.
If you have ever dreamt of leaving it all behind and setting up business with your own food truck, then the Garden Stage is where you will get your chance. Cook sustainable, delicious food with Caitlin Ruth in the Theatre of Food food truck and serve it to your friends in the audience. The Garden Stage will also feature a wood fired BBQ zone and live fire lessons and experiments with the latest BBQ technology with leading chefs, including Big Green Egg expert Kwanghi Chan, from Dublin’s Bowls restaurant.
Be quick to buy tickets to the sell-out Sunday Drunch - a feasting, drinking, dancing celebration of the Irish breakfast set alongside great music and the promise to have everyone on their feet by the end of the meal. Be early: in 2018 the Sunday Drunch sold out very fast. This year, all proceeds for the Drunch go to FEAST - the non-profit organisation set up to improve Food Education and Climate Action in Irish schools.
The Theatre of Food Fringe Theatre will feature workshops for both adults and children, including cake icing, pizza making, boutique popcorn popping alongside wine tastings and food discussions. This is a stage for all the family, especially on Sunday, which is family day in Theatre of Food.
The ever-popular and always-packed-out Drinks Theatre returns, curated by food and drink journalist Aoife Carrigy and featuring everything from Mexican libations, to turmeric and spices in drinks, a look at Rosé wine, Sherry and Vermouth, non-alcoholic and light alcohol mocktails, and drinks from the Bacardi team.
This year, Theatre of Food is looking at every aspect of how the food and drink industry can move forward against single-use plastics, so join us to make an eco-brick with festival waste plastic. Theatre of Food is excited to announce we have commissioned an extraordinary selection of hats made from washed up beach plastic, designed by UK fibre artist Kittie Kipper, who specialises in repurposing ghost nets and marine debris. A Kittie Kipper headpiece has been featured in the Eden Project, Cornwall. The hats will be on display throughout the weekend at the Main Stage.
A disco drunch, DJ music sessions, comedy, live fire and amazing food. Come on Friday and stay til Sunday, and in Theatre of Food you’ll enjoy a unique feast of flavours and activities to feed the senses.
Theatre of Food is curated by Sally and John McKenna, of McKennas Guides, working with the Food Collective.
David Gillick * Holly White * Jr Ryall * Jp McMahon * Gary O'Hanlon * Brian McDermott * Kwanghi Chan * Aileen Cox Blundell * Graham Herterich, The Cupcake Bloke * Caitlin Ruth * Dee Laffan * Leslie Williams * Aoife Carrigy * Erica Drum * Conor Drum * Jack Crotty * Jack O'Keefe * Susan Steele * Kittie Kipper * Sean Ferguson * Sinead Delahunty * Birgitta Curtin * FEAST * Ruth Ormiston * Lily Rameriz Foran
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