Electric Picnic is an annual arts and music festival which has been staged since 2004 at Stradbally Hall in Stradbally, Co. Laois. Originally a 1-day event with 10,000 attendees the festival has grown exponentially the last 12 years to now hosting 55,000 people over a three-day weekend.
For the second year running Ardkeen Quality Food Store were invited to provision the ingredients for Theatre of Food. Of course, we brought the very best of Ireland’s artisan and craft food producers to the stage and to the attention of some of Ireland's top chefs.
There is nothing conventional about the Theatre of Food - superstar drummer Ralph Rolle of Chic, showed us how to get down whilst making his amazing cookies, and treated the crowd to an uproariously uplifting rendition of Bowies ‘Let’s Dance’.
Patrick Ryan from Firehouse Bakery gave an apt introduction and demo on making Sourdough bread on the first day of #SourdoughSeptember letting us know that Sourdough has been ‘trendy’ since about 10,000 BC!
Paul Williams from Canteen in Limerick convinced us food can be fast, simple local and good. We certainly felt healthier on Saturday morning when we finished sampling his glorious cooking.
This was all in addition to workshops for all ages including kid’s pizza making, wine tastings, and a pasta making competition.
Of course, the weekend finished up with a knees up dance party hosted by Eurotoques Ireland…if you’re sorry you missed it (and you should be!) you can find many of the recipes from the weekend in our recipe section of ardkeen.com.
It was virtually non-stop and there was so much to take in over the 3 days. One after another, the country’s top chefs and food writers inspired us with their experience and wisdom. But it was never too serious or preachy and there was always time for a bit of craic. Team McKenna run this wonderful corner of Electric Picnic and should be very proud of what they do. All of us at Ardkeen Quality Food Store are certainly proud and delighted to be part of it. [Scroll down to see the weekend in pictures]
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