Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Airfield's Festival of Food

Airfield Estate is hidden away in a corner of south Dublin, just a few minutes from the busy Dundrum Shopping Centre. You may have driven by the gates many times without realising what was within - a 38 acre working urban farm, cafe, gardens and heritage experience. Established over 40 years ago in 1974 by the Overend family, Airfield offers visitors a unique opportunity to experience food, farming and nature, just steps from the Luas.

Airfield's Festival of Food returns from Friday 9th - Sunday 11th September to really inspire people to think about where their food comes from and how they can protect their environment. It will offer visitors (like you) the very best of Irish food and drink over a weekend packed with workshops, talks, food markets, unique dining experiences and activities for all ages. Entrance to the festival is free but some events are ticketed.

Friday September 9th will see the launch of Airfield’s first Trash Bash Supper where Airfield’s Food Rescue team, including Head Chef Jose Carbajo, will create a delicious supper from unloved surplus food from around Dublin. Boundaries will be pushed on what people currently accept as food waste, with diners learning how fermentation can play a role in reducing food waste & tickets are €25 each.  On Saturday night, the River Cottage Dining Experience will take place in Overend's Restaurant where tickets are €65 pp and diners will enjoy a meal created by Gelf Alderson using seasonal produce.  There's also ticketed workshops with River Cottage Head Gardener Will Livingstone & Airfield's Head Food Grower Kitty Scully on Growing Through the Seasons and Savouring the Seasons.

The Fairy Tree Field plays host to over 40 stalls showcasing their produce, including Hibernia pop up tented food experience,The Little Milk Company, Wild Irish Foods, Ruby’s Fine Foods, Kefi Ice-cream, Glendalough Distillery, Freddy Buttons and Camolin Potting Shed.

A whole host of speakers take to the stage in the Green Barn over the weekend between 11/30 - 14.00 each day covering topics including Feeding Picky Eaters, Food too Good to Waste and Herbs for Health and there's loads of activities for kids all around the estate.  A perfect weekend excursion for all the family and the chance to learn something new about the food we eat,

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