Every special occasion is better with food, and the National St. Patrick’s Festival in Dublin is no exception. Running from 13-17th March 2020, the festival will include a spectacular offering of delicious food and beverages throughout the spectacular five-day programme.
The Festival Village (Saturday 14th-Tuesday 17th March) returns to Merrion Square this year. Opening daily from 12-6pm, the square will be transformed with bustling festivities over four days of fantastic events, adventures and treats. Most importantly from our food-focused perspective, there’ll be plenty of delicious things to eat and drink in The Food Village, with an array of street food made using the very best local produce. With more food stalls than ever, the village offers plenty of space to sit and relax, with concerts and performances taking place all around.
Brand new for this year is The Treasures of Irish Food (Friday 13th-Sunday 15th) at Airfield Estate. Explore the culinary and historical treasures throughout the estate with a range of fun farmyard activities from tasting fresh milk from the Estate, foraging in the hedgerows and looking back at historical recipes. Experience live music followed by a feast at the Irish Culinary Treasures Dining Experience (Friday 13th), digging out the best traditionally inspired culinary masterpieces of Ireland for an evening of Irish food. Families will be enthralled and entertained by the Potato Planting Experience (Saturday 14th), where you can plant your own potatoes and get regular updates on their progress in the months that follow, then come back to harvest! On Sunday 15th, take a Brown Bread Workshop or try a Heritage Afternoon Tea experience served in the Library Room.
St. Patrick’s Festival is offering an exclusive VIP Festival Parade Experience. Enjoy prime seats in the Festival Grandstand on Westmoreland Street, right in the heart of all the action, then post-Parade at the Westin Hotel, where Executive Chef Paul Hickey and his team will create a stunning four-course buffet lunch including Irish beef fillet, baked Atlantic salmon, Irish gammon and slow cooked tomato and basil gnocchi. Entertainment will be provided by Irish trad duo Mamo. Tickets are €150 all-inclusive of seating and lunch, with a reduced ticket price for children. Click here for details.
St. Patrick’s Festival and the Guinness Open Gate Brewery are joining forces to bring you a celebration of craft beer and food over three nights. The launch of the ‘Brewer’s Banquet’ (Sunday 15th-Tuesday 17th) series will take place at Guinness Open Gate Brewery, and will feature the very best of Irish produce, thoughtfully paired with Guinness Open Gate brews. Expect an evening full of laughter, live music and all the magic that can be expected from the home of beer innovation and St. Patrick’s Festival.
We hope your Paddy’s Day is delicious, whatever you do! For more details on the Festival, see www.stpatricksfestival.ie.