Every year, thousands of people across the country get involved in Culture Night, all working towards an evening of creativity and celebration to show off the vibrant arts and culture scenes of towns, villages, islands and cities across Ireland. Culture Night returns on September 22nd and organisers hope to build on last year’s exceptional turn out of over 400,000. With over 3,000 events taking place on the night there is something for all ages and tastes.
Here are some of the foodie highlights in Dublin and around the country which feature an introduction to the magical world of Chinese Tea Culture or “gong-fu cha” in Dublin, an exploration of international culinary traditions at a World Recipe Exchange in Limerick and many more. The full programme is available at www.culturenight.ie
Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin
On Culture Night 2017 you can experience historic tours of the cathedral, music, food and more at Dublin’s most historic building. Explore the medieval 12th Century Crypt, where storytelling will be taking place. On the night they will host a silent film screening which will be accompanied by the cathedral organist David Bremner. Outside there will also be a host of gourmet food stalls and live entertainment.
Dublin Food Co-op, Dublin
Food is culture, it is heritage, and it needs to be freely accessible to all and preserved as a valuable knowledge. To celebrate food and agriculture, the Dublin Food Co-op will partner with growers and producers to hold a night-time market, with live music, talks about the art of growing and sharing sustainable food, a movie screening, and more events.
Goethe-Institut Ireland, Dublin
Immerse yourself in German culture with fairy tales and short films, a German-Irish quiz with prizes, information on language courses, library and activities and German food and drinks. Lecker!
Irish Fujian Business Association, Dublin
An interactive section is designed to serve a brief introduction of the magical world of Chinese Tea culture, or “gong-fu cha”. Let us enjoy the appearance, fragrance and process of “gong-fu cha”.
The Fumbally Stables, Dublin
Built in the mid-18th century, it was originally used as stables for John Busby’s Distilleries in Blackpitts. Since then, it has been used as a meat factory, a bakery and, more recently, a photography studio. Its current incarnation is a marriage of food, culture and education where experimentation, fermentation, workshops and events happen.
Cooking up a Delicious Storm, Athy, Co. Kildare
‘Cooking up a Delicious Storm’ provides the opportunity to showcase varied specialities (food, drink & or beverage) from across the world, with prizes! The challenge is a pre-registered aspect of the programme: 7-9 years: cold food; 10-12 years old: hot or cold; 13-15 years old: hot or cold; 16-18 years old hot and cold; Adult: hot and cold (include Mums & Dads). Participants to bring ingredients with stove provided. Booking required for the competition.
Gort Men’s Shed, Gort, Co. Galway
A Lazy Susan is a turntable traditionally used for sharing food. For Culture Night 2017 Gort Men’s Shed invites you to slowly spin our Lazy Susan and enjoy exploring new flavours prepared by our Irish, Brazilian, Russian, Syrian and Polish friends and neighbours. Music Maestro Pete Lamb will be putting together a special mix of music from these countries to add to the occasion.
Rua, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
Rua is an award winning Café and Delicatessen in Castlebar and is all about the good things Irish food has to offer. It is very much appreciated by its customers and on Culture Night this year there is an opportunity to sample its delicious ‘Mayo Mezze’ while being treated to some live music. Be there!
The Voice of the Young Person Night of Culture, Cobh, Co. Cork
Cobh Youth Services will be holding a night of culture, where young people from the organisation will display art work that they have created along with food from their own countries. Throughout the year Cobh Youth Services have completed different art projects with the young people of the organisation. Cobh Youth Services Ltd is a charitable organisation managed by a Board of Directors dedicated to providing a high quality service to all children and young people to empower them to reach their full potential.
World Recipe Exchange, Limerick
At the World Recipe Exchange we explore international culinary traditions of contemporary Limerick: the ingredients, recipes, stories and memories of tastes and smells that we carry with us through our lives. We invite you to join us for a special public space event to discover new tastes and share delicious recipes.