Beatyard is back in Dun Laoghaire harbour this weekend with headline acts including The Jacksons, Le Boom and Daniel Avery, as well as talks, exhibitions and boat parties, but most importantly, loads of great food and drink.
Eatyard', the food festival within the festival, will host food stalls, demos, tastings and pop-up bars, including a pizza and prosecco bar from the Big Blue Bus. A dedicated cheese and wine bar will hold tastings all weekend, Brewtonic will be serving their own Dublin-brewed craft beers, and Hollow and Fentimans will have a bar in the Banter and Shaw space. Jameson are back with their whiskey bar, and Beefeater Gin and Fever Tree Tonic are also pitching up stalls. Seedlip non-alcoholic spirits will be there too in case you feel tipsy just listening to that line up.
Food stalls throughout the weekend will include Corleggy cheese, The Wooden Pig Charcuterie, How Bao Now, Jaru, Box Burger and Camerino Bakery. Coffee will supplied by Cloud Picker. Along with their crisps and cans pairings, Eatyard will hold their “Crisp Sambo Championship” on Sunday at 3pm, with the winner crowned from six finalists.
Judith and Susan Boyle, of Two Sisters Brewing, will host a tasting and talk about Champagne on Sunday at 5pm, and Quintessential Wines will give a talk on natural wines on Saturday at 3.30pm, both on the Eatyard Stage. There's also a "debunking wine” talk and tasting from Wines Direct on Saturday and Sunday at 2pm on the Eatyard stage, and a “Wine + Cheese, Do’s, Don’ts, Maybes” talk and tasting from Wicklow Way Wines, the people behind the Irish fruit wines ‘Móinéir’, which everyone who's anyone seems to be drinking at the moment.
There's loads more happening over the three days, with talks in the 'Banteryard' including a discussion Irish food culture with the guys behind the "With Relish" podcast, a 'Kidsyard' with balloon modelling and an Imaginosity area, and of course tonnes of live music. Now all we need is the summer to come out of hiding.
Fri 3rd - Sun 5th August
Dun Laoghaire Harbour (Old Stena Ferry Terminal)
Fri 16:00 - 22:30. Sat - Sun 12:00 - 22:30.
Tickets - Children 0-2 free, under-15s €5 per day, Adults €59 per day, €150 for the weekend