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McCarthy's butcher, who will talk about pudding at the Theatre of Food
Electric Picnic

Electric Picnic: Grub's up at the Theatre of Food

The Theatre of Food will bring a sense of drama to eating out at the Electric Picnic – we line up what you can expect to nibble at over the weekend.

FOODIES OF ALL kinds will be smacking their lips when they see the line-up for the Theatre of Food at Electric Picnic.

The festival runs from Friday 31 August to Sunday 2 September, and alongside the musical and arts entertainment there will be a whole area dedicated to Ireland’s food scene.


To tie in with the musical theme, a boy band and girl band of chefs, including Clodagh McKenna and Stephen Gibson from Pichet, will go head-to-head at a cook-off.

Under the watchful eye of band leaders Catherine Cleary from the Irish Times and Ross Golden-Bannon from Food & Wine, the participants will be called upon to show off any musical talents they possess, for extra points.

Pop-up café

Alongside this will be cookery demonstrations, a pop-up café with L Mulligan Grocer/ WJ Kavanagh’s, chef challenges, food debates and even a farmer’s market.

Here’s the rundown of the Theatre of Food day by day:

Friday 4pm – 8pm

  • Smoking & Curing Fish in a biscuit tin with Sally Barnes, Woodcock Smokery
  • Cavistons Chowder Cook Off
  • Blind Wine Tasting with Derry Clarke (l’Ecrivain), Paul Flynn (The Tannery), Ernie Whalley, John Wilson & Ross Lewis (Chapter One) in association with The Wine Buff
  • Bacon Masterclass with Niamh Shields

Saturday 12pm – 8pm

  • 3FE coffee
  • Cakes and bakes with Shannen from Diva Boutique Bakery
  • Edible cosmetics – Sally McKenna (the Irish Food Guide) and Maria Kennedy (Atlantic Kayaking)
  • Quick and Easy Feel Good Food- Sophie Morris from Kooky Dough
  • Debate Ella McSweeney and the Food Collective talking about what’s ‘hot’ in food right now
  • Mexican Street Food demo with Lily Ramirez-Foran
  • The Path To A Pint – setting up a microbrewery with Eight Degrees Brewing
  • Eat Like an Italian with Catherine Fulvio
  • Can You Teach an Old Dog New Tricks?
  • Blood & Guts – Pudding with Sir Jack and Sir Tim McCarthy (McCarthy’s Butchers, Kanturk) with Troy Maguire, special guest Ross Lewis

Sunday 12pm – 8pm

  • Chocolate workshop with Katie Buckley
  • It’s All A Matter of Taste with Ed Hick
  • Talking to the Chefs - John McKenna talks with Paul Flynn, Derry Clarke , Ross Lewis and Clodagh McKenna
  • Sushi making workshop with Yoshimi Hayakawa, chef at Galway’s Wa Café
  • Debate and demo – The Garden of Ireland
  • Boy Band v Girl Band challenge
  • Behind the Brewers with Caroline Hennessy and Claire Dalton – Tasting Irish craft beer and matching it with Food.
  • Baking with beer with Caroline Hennessey
  • Asian Fusion with Mei Chin
  • Wine tasting

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