Foodies rejoice! Electric Picnic's Theatre of Food will return to the Stradbally festival once more after the success of its debut last year. The sophomore year will see the theatre expanded from two days to three, welcome news to those who are accustomed to wandering around Electric Picnic with a rumbling belly.
Some of the gastronomic highlights this year include food demos, wine tasting, food sampling, a demonstration on how to set up your very own microbrewery and, delightfully, there will be a musical version of the TV show 'Ready Steady Cook', albeit with less Ainsley Harriott.
A selection of some of Ireland's greatest chefs will also be on hand, from Paul Flynn of The Tannery to Derry Clarke of L'Ecrivain, Ross Lewis of Chapter One, Troy Maguire, Catherine Fulvio and many more.
As well as the above, there will a whole lot more for those who have spent some time working up an appetite. Check below for full programme.
Fri 4pm - 8pm
Smoking & Curing in a biscuit tin - Sally Barnes, Woodcock Smokery
Cavistons Chowder – how to make the perfect chowder
Mexican Street Food with Lily Ramirez-Foran www.mymexicanshop.ie
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
Sat 12pm - 8pm
Demo /Tasting – How to make the perfect cup of coffee-3FE
Baking cakes with Shannen from Diva Boutique Bakery
Edible cosmetics - Sally McKenna and Maria Kennedy
Demo - Sophie Morris from Kooky Dough demo(Dragons Den Fame)
Debate with Ella McSweeney - Derry Clarke & Paul Flynn, Declan Maxwell (Chapter One), John McKenna, Ed Hick, Sally Barnes, Mick Kelly (GIY)
Flavours of Italy demo by Catherine Fulvio (Ballyknocken House)
Blood & Guts - Sir Jack and Sir Tim McCarthy (McCarthy’s Kanturk) with Troy Maguire, special guest Ross Lewis
(Jack MacCarthy from McCarthys Butchers of Kanturk use traditional techniques and innovative new ideas and have become one of Ireland’s most prominent and celebrated meat producers. The McCarthys bacon and rashers have won international awards and the black pudding has received acclaim from the Brotherhood of the Knights of the Black pudding and was even served to the queen at the banquet on her visit to Ireland in 2011. Jack & Tim will be making sausages, black pudding & more onsite under the gothic-esque title “Blood & Guts”and encouraging picnickers to taste the blood used for the pudding)
Sun 12pm - 8pm
Chocolate workshop -Katie Buckley (Katie's going to tell a story in chocolate - including chocolate soldiers, a chocolate castle, firing chocolate bombs, and it finally it will all be demolished and eaten. And she's also talking about Sunday morning chocolate shots)
Talking to the Chefs- John McKenna talks with Paul Flynn, Derry Clarke , Ross Lewis and Clodagh McKenna
Sushi making workshop with Yoshimi Hayakawa
Debate - The Garden of Ireland (Enda McEvoy (Aniar), Ray Moran, Donal Doherty, (both Harry’s Restaurant) Patrick Kelly, Leslie Williams, mushrooms, Ed Hick - plants, Jim Kennedy - marine, Darina Allen)
Boy Band v Girl Band challenge - :Imagine a boy band and a girl band… Of Chefs…
All singing, all dancing, all cooking.. One bag of ingredients.. Which band will wow you with their moves and talent? Which will you vote for? What will they cook?
(Boy Band Leader - Ross Golden-Bannon, Food & Wine Magazine heads up a merry band of boys including chefs Stephen Gibson (Pichet), JP McMahon (Cava Restaurant) & Michael Quinn (Waterford Castle).
Competing against the ladies, headed up by Girl Band Leader - Catherine Cleary, Irish Times with band members and chefs Maria Raftery (Zuni),) and Jess Murphy(Kai) ).
Behind the Brewers: Bitches Brew with Caroline Hennessy – Tasking Irish craft beer with Beer and matching it with Food.( Caroline Hennessy, Journalist, broadcaster and blogger and partner of Scott Baigent brewer at Eight Degrees Brewing teams up with Claire Dalton, wife of brewer Tom from Dungarvan Brewing Company talk food & beer pairings with plenty of sampling & tastings! )
Baking with beer: Caroline Hennessey will tantalise taste buds by making Chocolate and Eight Degrees Brewing Knockmealdown Porter brownies - in bulk!
Asian Fusion : Award winning food writer and journalist Mei Chan .
Wine tasting – Guinea Pig