October's monthly 9 giveaway is live! From an incredible five-star trip to one of the country's best hotels, chances to new Dublin restaurants, food and booze hampers, and tickets to take your friends wine tasting, our nine monthly giveaways is a small way to thank our supporters for letting us stay #ad, #collab and #invite free - and we hope you prefer things that way too.
Everyone signed up to ATF Insiders by midnight on Monday 17th October will be entered into the draw, and winners will be picked and notified on Tuesday 18th October. Here's what's in this month's line up...
1) An Overnight Stay & Dinner at Hayfield Manor, Cork
It's no news to anyone that Cork's five-star Hayfield Manor Hotel is one of the country's best, but last week they won yet another gong - the Preferred Hotels & Resorts Quality Assurance Award in London, designed to celebrate excellence, consistency and best-in-class experiences in luxury hotels. This month one of our Insiders will be getting a chance to experience Hayfield Manor's famous hospitality for themselves, with a luxury overnight stay for two in a Superior room, dinner in fine dining restaurant Orchids, and breakfast the next morning. Dates subject to availability, T&Cs apply.
2) A €120 Voucher for 'A Fianco'
Calabrian restaurant Grano have given us yet another reason to head for Stoneybatter, with the opening of their sister wine bar next door, 'A Fianco'. With small plates, natural wines and just 16 seats, it instantly become one of the hottest tickets in the 'batter, and one of the best wine bars in the city, and we're sending one of you off to try it out with a €120 voucher in your pocket. You can use it in Grano or A Fianco, or start in one and end in the other. Either way we're sure it'll be one of the best nights you'll have all year.
3) A NOLA Boil Experience for four at Krewe
Krewe have just launched a new NOLA Shellfish & Seafood Boil, and we've got a table of four to give away so one of your can try it, along with a bar tab of €100 for a deep dive into their cocktails.. The Krewe Boil will feature all the Irish Shellfish & Seafood, including Langoustines, Prawns, Mussels, Cockles, Clams, Monkfish Cheeks and Cod, as well as smoked Andouille Sausage, boiled in a spiced Cajun broth with potatoes & corn on the cob. It's all shared in middle of the table, so bibs on & dig in. It's €100 (€25 per person) or €130 with Irish Lobster, and limited tables are available every Tuesday in November. Booking by emailing email@example.com.
4) Irish Food & Drink Month At Home Hamper
It's Irish Food & Drink Month and over 140 venues around the country (including 80 in Dublin) are offering specially designed food and drinks pairings every day, all showing the best Irish beers, cider and spirits (read about where to get involved here). To celebrate we've got a hamper to give away including a bottle of Stillgarden Give & Take Gin; a bottle of Lambay Whiskey Single Malt; a Fercullen Falls Whiskey Collector's Gift Box from Powerscourt Distillery, two cans of Happy Days Pale Ale from Rascal's Brewery, and two cans of Dublin City Brewing Beers.
5) €100 Lunch Tab At Alfama
We recently found the city's first Francesinha, and another contender for Dublin's best pasteis de nata, in new Portguese café Alfama in Dundrum. Weekend specials are all about traditional Portugese dishes, like Bacalhau com Natas (cod pie) and Carne de Porco Alentejana (fried potato with pork and clams), and desserts don't stop at custard tarts, with cream filled buns and doughnuts also on the menu. We've got a €100 lunch tab for Alfama to give away this month, meaning you'll be able to work your way through most of it.
6) Dinner For Four At Nutbutter
Nutbutter have just opened their second location right in the middle of Smithfield Square, with new Autumn additions, loads of Irish veg, and the kind of soothing interiors we love to hang out in. To celebrate the opening we've got a three course dinner for four people with a bottle of wine to give away, meaning you can bring your nearest and dearest to feast on tacos, rice bowls and poke, and don't miss the miso panna cotta for dessert.
7) A Hamper From Lilliput Stores
Lilliput Stores in Stoneybatter is a treasure trove of condiments, oils & vinegars, antipasti, wine, we could go on... We've been loving exploring their new cheese discoveries recently through their weekly cheese boxes, and selfishly want them to start a cheese club so we can get a monthly delivery without leaving home, but in the meantime they've given us a hamper of some of their best cheese, charcuterie, wine, olive oil, vinegar, crackers, chutney and olives to give away to one lucky Insider this month (the Balsamic di Modena will change your life). Collection only.
8) A €100 Voucher for Korean Table
Stoneybatter has a new place for Korean food (can it get any cooler?) and we took it for a test drive - don't miss the Korean Fried chicken. Fresh from a rave in the Irish Times, we 've got a €100 voucher for Korean Table to give away to someone, so you can try all the banchan, bibimbap ad kimchi fried rice you can manage.
9) Tickets to the Rioja Wine Festival
The ultimate wine experience for Rioja Lovers is happening at The Morrison Hotel on Ormond Quay on Saturday 22nd October, and we've got four tickets to give away for the afternoon session (14:00 - 17:00). You'll be able to learn about and taste over 80 wines (or as many as you can handle), with cheese and charcuterie boards to pair them with, and you'll also get a tasting map and a glass to take home. Tickets are €35 and you can get them on Wine Online's website here.
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