The Stoneybatter Festival is back this weekend and the line up looks like the best one yet. There's a mammoth 120 events happening over three days, including a Southern Italian lunch at Grano, a tea party with Mrs Doyle (Pauline McGlynn herself), and a doggy brunch running the length of Manor Place. Residents and non-residents are invited for a celebration of all that’s good in the 'Batter hood, and even Michael D himself is dropping by. As one of the city's current food hotspots this is something you should definitely be getting involved in, and here's what we think you should make a beeline for...
The Lilliput Pintxo Bar
The always inventive Lilliput Evenings will be turning Lilliput Stores in to a Wine and Pintxo Bar on the Friday and Saturday evenings. We haven't seen the menu but we're expecting the usual small plates and seasonal ingredients. And wine.
Tavolo Social at Grano
Stoneybatter’s favourite Nonna, Mamma Roma and the team at Grano are hosting Tavolo Sociale on Saturday - a 5 course family style Southern Italian lunch, served at communal tables. There are two sittings - 12:30 - 15:00, and 15:30 - 18:00. On Sunday they're doing pasta making demonstrations all day and serving Southern Italian Street Food. Tickets are €50 and can be booked through Grano.
L. Mulligan Grocer's Cabaret Brunch
L. Mulligan Grocer are holding a Cabaret-themed brunch with "glitz, glitter, music and a DIY Bloody Mary Bar" from 12:30 - 14:30. Tickets are €32 and include a Bloody Mary with all the trimmings, a full Irish (with vegetarian and vegan options available), and a dessert of apricot & white chocolate 'eggs' and dark chocolate brioche soldiers, all whilst being entertained by cabaret and burlesque performances. Get tickets here.
The Food Village
You'll need your blankets at the ready on Sunday for the Food Village on Manor Street, complete with picnic area. Stoneybatter and Manor Street will be pedestrianised for the day, and you'll find pastries from Scéal Bakery, seafood from Fish Shop and toasties from the Vegan Sandwich Company. Stoneybatter Farmer's Market is on in Pender's Yard as usual on Saturday and Sunday, and there'll also be a pig on a spit outside Mahon's Butchers.
The Dog's Dinner Brunch
Slice will have a table running the length of Manor Place where both you and your furry pal will be served brunch and cold refreshments, followed by a treat (for humans and canines). Tickets are €25 and can be booked here.
The Touchy-Feely-Tasty-Smelly Disco Quiz
There's a sensory food quiz with tasting and smelling questions at Lilliput Work and Welders from 14:00 - 16:00. Entry is €5 per person or €15 per family, and there's a prize for the best disco-dressed team. DJ Ed Smith will be playing disco tunes, and the rounds include general knowledge, tasting and smelling rounds. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.
The Love Supreme Rave
Be sure to look up for Charles & Anne from Koppi Fine Coffee Roasters in Sweden who will be DJing on the roof at Love Supreme like last year.
What else is on?
* Village Pizza are at The Belfry Friday night serving pizza and 2-for-1 Tikki cocktails
* Vietnom will be at the back of The Glimmerman as usual with a side of "Dublin's randomest jukebox" inside
* There's a pop-up Gaeltacht at Walsh’s Pub
* Get Saturday off to a food start before all that food with 108 Sun Salutations Yoga at the TU Grangegorman Tennis Court at 11.00
* Farmer Eoin will have his working farm animals on Manor Street on Sunday from 12:30 - 17:00.
* On Sunday morning Bí Urban are serving tea, toast and honey from the local 2019 crop, served on Green Door Bakery bread, with a side of environmental discussion
* Father Ted’s Mrs Doyle aka Pauline McLynn will be pouring the tea and judging the best cake and biscuit at the Stoneybatter Bake Off, on Sunday from 15:00 - 16:00.
And the drinks?
One thing that Stoneybatter has in spades is pubs to suit whatever stage of humanity you find yourself at. From the proper old school charm of Walsh’s, the beyond categorization crazy at the Glimmerman (NB killer beer garden), to the hipster darling Belfry or food centric L.Mulligan Grocer. The Barbers in Grangegorman will be holding a busker competition and serving special gin and tonics, and. Kavanagh’s of Aughrim Street has organised a community defibrillator, in case the party gets out of hand.
Fri 21st - Sun 23rd June