Body&Soul is a bizarre and beautiful banquet and is far more than a music festival. This year, from 23-25th June, the festival is offering an exceptional gastronomic experience for lovers of fine food and drink too.
Festival foodies are invited to join Food on Board and Veuve Clicquot for tantalising treats and sparkling conversations in a new food area with a focus on high-end, sustainable and delectable cuisine.
Whether it’s learning how chocolate is made, tasting your first fresh oyster or having a curated blind date on the lake in First Tastes, Body&Soul believes nothing brings people together like great food and fine champagne and have announced an exceptional line up to entice food and drink lovers.
Curated by Food on Board, hosted by food writer Dee Laffan, the Veuve Clicquot Sparkling Conversations Salon delivers a line-up of guest speakers to inspire and provoke in equal measure. Niall Sabongi of Rock Lobster will entertain with an Irish oyster shucking demo. In ‘Life Behind The Lens’ Kevin Thornton illustrates the visual aspect of ‘food as art’.
‘Brunch101’ with Hilary O’Hagan-Brennan & Ali Dunworth will get you brunch-ready, proving that making something memorable can be surprisingly simple and we are pleased to reveal that The Taste’s own Darina Coffey will demo some of the Top Food Trends of 2017.
Meanwhile in ‘My Kitchen Rules’ Chefs Gary O’Hanlon and Frankie Mallon will rant and rave about their favourite kitchen memories and horror stories; and creator of ‘The Best Spice Bag Ever’ Chef Kwanghi Chan shares his secret recipe for the sensational seasoning.
The world’s top female sommelier, Julie Dupouy will enlighten attendees on the flavours, aroma and craft of pairing fine champagne with food and Susan & Judith Boyle will explore how Irish berries and luxurious chocolate can make the perfect summer pairing with our favourite bubbles. Join the ThirtyBites team – food writer Sophie White, comedian Danny O’Brien and journalist Hilary White – as they conduct an irreverent three-way guide to food, life and keeping your sanity when the world has gone doughnut mad!
Elsewhere don’t miss the many purveyors of delicious treats at Food on Board. Hand-picked from the four corners of Ireland they include White Mausu by Katie Sanderson as she explores Asian street food flavours, My Goodness with their delicious raw and vegan treats, Root & Branch Coffee for a fully flavoured, freshly roasted speciality coffee, Shell’s Café, Sligo with its modern foodie experience and laid back surf vibe and savour organic glasrai and greens at The Market Kitchen, raw milk cheeses and tangy sourdoughs.
Veuve Clicquot will illustrate the beauty of champagne and food pairing with suggested tasting treats from Shell’s Café and The Market Kitchen. Whilst from dusk, lovers of Cafe Del Mar and the infamous Hotel Costes, Paris will love the evening vibe of the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Lounge.
For those looking for new experiences and maybe a little romance, the First Tastes dating service will pair festival strangers with a special picnic and champagne on the lake at Ballinlough, allowing conversation to flow and new connections to be forged. Spots are €25 and will soon be available to book via the Body&Soul website.
And don’t forget…. at the twilight hour on Saturday guests are invited to find their favourite costume and reawaken their Marie Antoinette or a bygone Charleston era, to twist and twirl amongst other mischievous masked revellers at the spectacular Veuve Clicquot Masquerade Ball. The “Kings of Hip Hop Swing”, Glastonbury favourite The Correspondents will raise the roof of the champagne lounge as the evening crescendos to the ‘Spectacle of Sparkles’ made famous at Veuve Clicquot occasions throughout the world – this is one event not to be missed!
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