The culinary corner that is Theatre of Food returns for its sixth year to Electric Picnic 2016. Once again bringing its delicious smorgasbord of cutting-edge food demos, wired-up mixology, inspired culinary workshops, and far-out foodie tastings for Picnickers of all ages.
This year the Food Collective of performers introduces new festival faces, including former Miss Universe Ireland, food blogger, cookery book author and fashion model Roz Purcell; best-selling cookbook author, blogger and YouTube star, Susan Jane White; and chef/creator of legendary pop-ups such as Dilisk, Katie Sanderson.
There will be food from around the globe too, with cult Cork city restaurateurs Takashi Miyazaki from Japan and Gautham Iyer from India, showing the secrets of their two national cuisines.
Theatre of Food, the place where Irish food lovers come to learn, share, and devour glorious recipes made on site by the Doyle Collection Kitchen will also welcome seasoned Theatre of Foodies: starred chefs, Derry Clarke, Gary O’Hanlon, Ross Lewis, and Kevin Thornton, restaurateurs, and food stars Clodagh McKenna, The Happy Pear David & Stephen Flynn, and Declan Maxwell.
This year the Theatre of Food will be dressed for the occasion, sporting a brand new red curtain and a piano. This is, after all, first and foremost a Theatre. The stunning kitchen will be made by Liam Grant Wood Design. And all the food cooked in the kitchen is supplied by ardkeen.com, where you can find the world’s best selection of artisan foods.
“Demos, tastings, workshops, discussions…we had a ball last year at Theatre of Food: a wonderful fun, friendly, and exciting foodie atmosphere populated by so many of Ireland’s top chefs and food professionals” said Colin Jepson from Ardkeen.com. “We’re thrilled to be provisioning the Theatre again in 2016 and looking forward to bringing the best of Ireland’s artisan and craft food producers to the stage. Picnickers’ taste-buds will be rockin’ too!”
Meanwhile backstage, the Doyle Collection Kitchen will this year be running at full tilt, offering tastings of the delicious treats demoed by our panel of food stars, and cooked for us by the chefs of the Doyle Hotels. Pat King, CEO of The Doyle Collection, said: “The Doyle Collection is very excited to be taking part in the Theatre of Food at Electric Picnic this year. At all of our hotels we pride ourselves in offering guests new and innovative food offerings in bespoke locations. We look forward to bringing festival goers a taste of The Doyle Collection in the truly unique environment of The Theatre of Food.
Mixology at the Theatre of Food will find Oisin Davis, and Shannen Butler-Keane stirring it up, and there’ll be a speed wine tasting session hosted by Cork’s favourite wine café, L’Attitude 51. Chef Paul Flynn and Bacardi champion mixologist Alan Kavanagh will present a special session on classic cocktails. And in addition there will be hangover cures and healthy eating chats to keep the immune systems up over the weekend!
Children will be entertained with a special pizza-making session, plus there’ll be a push to beat the record set last year for the longest length of pasta ever produced at a music festival.
Music is one of the overall themes of the Theatre this year as Theatre of Food has, after all, a team of people who somehow find themselves working in both food, drinks and music. Meet Joe O’Leary, former lead singer from the band Fred, now impresario and inn keeper in IMRO award winning venue, Levis’s Corner House in Ballydehob. Joe will be bringing in some special guests from the festival and we’re also joined by husband and wife food and music teams, Audrey McDonald and Tom Dunne and Aoife McElwain and Niall Byrne, aka Nialler9.
Theatre of Food is produced by McKennas’ Guides, and brought out in association with Euro-toques Ireland, the European Association of Chefs and Cooks. This year’s Theatre is supported by Failte Ireland.
Electric Picnic has always put great food at the centre of the festival and Theatre of Food is at the centre of 2016’s wildest food experience.
ROZ PURCELL - DAVID & STEPHEN FLYNN - KATIE SANDERSON - SUSAN JANE WHITE - CLODAGH MCKENNA - STEPHEN TOMAN - TAKASHI MIYAZAKI - DERRY CLARKE - ROSS LEWIS - GRAHAM NEVILLE - SUNIL GHAI - KEVIN THORNTON - ROBBIE KRAWCZYK - GARY O’HANLON - GAUTHAM IYER - JP MCMAHON - MARTIN SHANAHAN - AUDREY MCDONALD - TOM DUNNE - AOIFE MCELWAIN - NIALL BYRNE - PAUL FLYNN - MAIRE FLYNN - CATHERINE FULVIO - GEAROID LYNCH - KWANGHI CHAN - JOHN MCKENNA - SALLY MCKENNA - OISIN DAVIS - WADE MURPHY - CAROLINE BYRNE - LILY RAMIREZ-FORAN - JONATHAN MCCREA - IVAN VARIAN - JOE O’LEARY - CAROLINE TOBIN - NIALL STOKES - DECLAN MAXWELL - CAITLIN RUTH - KATE LAWLOR - PATRICK RYAN - THE DINGLE COOKERY SCHOOL - SHANNEN BUTLER KEANE - BIRGITTA CURTIN - LESLIE WILLIAMS - SEANEEN SULLIVAN - COFFEEWERK + PRESS - AMERICA VILLAGE APOTHECARY - APRIL DANNAN - BEVERLEY MATHEWS - PAUL WILLIAMS - SAM MCNICHOL - SUSAN BOYLE - JUDITH BOYLE - ALLISON ROBERTS - MARIA KENNEDY - JIM KENNEDY - WILLIAM BARRY - ED HICK - SHAM HANIFA - KEVIN O’TOOLE - JACINTA DALTON - JESSIE KENNEDY - JUSTIN GROUNDS - DANETTE MILNE - MAGS KIRWAN - ALAN KAVANAGH