On a beautifully curated stage in the middle of Mindfield, Electric Picnic’s Theatre of Food is where the most talented food lovers in Ireland get all funky, all weekend long. From Assassination Custard to Rosanna Davison, from Finn Ní Fhaoláin to Fintan O’Toole, from drum supremo Ralph Rolle to sushi supremo Takashi Miyazaki, Theatre of Food presents a mind-expanding, mind-altering concept of what Irish food is all about. It’s all about fun, fantastic food and droolsome drinks.
Let April Danann of Rebel Foods and Dearbhla Reynolds of The Cultured Club expand your consciousness with their bubbling ferments. There will be music, there will be dancing and there will be speed tasting of great wines of the world with Pascal Rossignol and Beverley Matthews of L’Atitude 51. Paul Flynn from The Tannery will be celebrating 20 years of Waterford’s most iconic restaurant, whilst Ivan Varian and Jonathan McCrea will show you once again just how strange the science of food can be.
Learn how to walk on your hands thanks to the happy pair from The Happy Pear, Dave and Stephen Flynn. Sophie White will be demonstrating how to fix a nervous breakdown with good food, and who knows what will happen when pizza kings Gaillot & Gray meet up with the iconoclastic Dublin duo from Assassination Custard.
Theatre of Food will mix it up with chefs Gary O’Hanlon, Jess Murphy, Paul Flynn, Kevin Thornton, cookery writers Rosanna Davison, Rory O’Connell, Finn Ní Fhaoláin, Sophie White, Aileen Cox Blundell, musicians including cookieman Ralph Rolle from Chic, Maurice Seezer and Jessie Kennedy, mixologists Paul McKenna, Oisin Davis and Alan Kavanagh, bakers Scéal Bakery and Patrick Ryan, plus media stars and all round food giants Susan Steele, John McKenna, Declan Maxwell and for the first time, Fintan O’Toole.
The Theatre will host a workshop education space, presenting family workshops on everything from feeding the baby to making pizza in the Theatre of Food Wood Fire Land Valoriani pizza oven. There will be debates on sustainability, fake food news and an all-girl chef line-up discussing Irish restaurant trends.
The Theatre of Food kitchen will once again be stocked by Waterford’s wonderful Ardkeen.com and the kitchen, under the watchful eye of executive chef Caitlin Ruth, will be operated by the Doyle Collection Kitchen. The beautiful tent will feature a handmade kitchen from Liam Grant Wood Design and we’ll be using Kenwood equipment to make great recipes.
And of course no Picnic is complete without a little of the unexpected: The People’s Picnic, brought to us by four Fáilte Ireland Food Champions, is planning to stage the longest Picnic in Ireland on Saturday afternoon. Starting at Theatre of Food and looping around Mindfield, picnickers can take part by laying rugs on the ground in a continuous line. Picnic Hampers will be provided to all picnickers at a cost of €10 with all proceeds raised donated to the charity Jigsaw. The organisers will provide artisan food hampers in conjunction with Fáilte Ireland.
This concept is linked to a European event called “The People’s Feast” which is taking place the same weekend as Electric Picnic. This event will see several thousand people sitting together for a communal meal in celebration of their culture and food, linking the two events via Periscope.
Theatre of Food is produced by McKennas’ Guides.