Airfield Estate Festival of Food Returns this September 9th to 11th
Airfield Estate, Dublin city’s 38 acre working farm, will open its gates this September 9th to 11th for its Festival of Food. Ireland’s largest urban food and farming experience will focus on food sustainability including climate, waste, health, seasons and a showcase of great Irish food. Besides thought-provoking talks and workshops, the festival will showcase the very best of Irish food and drink in food markets with over 40 producers and unique dining experiences.
Friday September 9th will see the launch of Airfield’s first Trash Bash Supper. Airfield’s Food Rescue team, including Head Chef Jose Carbajo, will create a sumptuous supper from unloved surplus food from around Dublin. Tickets are 25 per person.
Joining the Airfield Festival of Food, the River Cottage Dining Experience takes place in Overends Restaurant on Saturday 10th from 7pm to 11pm with chef Gelf Alderson curating a seasonal dining experience. Tickets cost €65 per person.
Education remains at the core of Airfield Estate’s ethos: Met Eireann’s Joanna Donnelly will be on hand to talk about meteorology; Valerie O’Connor tackles fermented foods and shows how they are loaded with natural probiotics; and Conor Saunders of SmartEaters will be on hand to inspire with his insights into nutrition and health.
The River Cottage’s Head Gardener Will Livingstone will travel to Dundrum to join Airfield’s Head Food Grower Kitty Scully for two talks: ‘Growing Through The Seasons’ and ‘Savouring The Seasons’.
Family events taking place over the weekend include Fiona Dillon, creator of Freddy Buttons, who will entertain children with a reading and chat with them about the fun of growing our own food; ReCreate presents the ‘Reclaim Design’ centre where families can make their own pieces of art from recycled materials; the ‘Waste Not Want Not Exhibition’ features six artists including Carol O’Connor and Dave West who have created pieces of art which aim to create a talking point about waste, pollution and the environment; and the Junk Band music centre allows families and kids to drop by and explore sound using recycled objects. Other activities include helping to collect the eggs Airfield’s hens lay, taste the Jersey cows’ creamy milk after they’ve been milked, and even go foraging on the estate for blackberries and other simple edibles.
Admission to the Airfield Festival Of Food is free, with some events ticketed – Trash Bash Supper, River Cottage Dining Experience, River Cottage Workshops and Valerie O’Connor’s Fermented Foods Workshop. To view the full festival programme and purchase tickets visit www.airfield.ie