Celebrate St Patrick’s Day with fine food and drink at the Taste the Greatness of Northern Ireland showcase
Why not celebrate St Patrick’s Day with some of the finest food and drink from Northern Ireland? This month, traders from the region will be bringing their wares to London’s historic Borough Market. The foodie destination will host the ‘Taste the Greatness of Northern Ireland’ showcase from Wednesday 13 March to Saturday 23 March.
Throughout the event, guest traders from the country will be setting up shop in the Market Hall. Expect to see a wide range of products for sale, including meats, traditional breads, snacks, sauces and spirits including gin, whiskey and rum. Among the traders will be Indie Fude (13-17 March) – who established NI’s first cheese collective – and the Krazi Baker, aka Mark Doulas, with his soda and potato breads (20-23 March).
Food fans will be able to watch the Krazi Baker making the bread and get to sample it fresh from the griddle. Meanwhile, Northern Ireland celebrity chef Paula McIntyre will be in the demonstration kitchen (13–17 March), cooking up delicious traditional dishes using products available at the showcase.
On St Patrick’s Day on Sunday 17 March, Borough Market will open their doors for a free celebration. Families are invited to attend this fun event, with food, drink, cookery demos, live entertainment, as well as the fine produce of Northern Ireland to sample and purchase.
- ‘Taste the Greatness of Northern Ireland’ showcase runs from 13-17 and 20-23 March 2019. At Borough Market, 8 Southwark Street, SE1 1TL. Nearest station: London Bridge. Opening times: Wed-Thu 10am-5pm, Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 8am-5pm, Sun (17 Mar only) 12pm-4pm. Free entry. For more information, visit the Borough Market website.
St Patrick’s Day is always a good excuse to down a pint of Guinness or a dram of whiskey. This year, both whiskey fans and novices will have the chance to learn about the Irish tipple and enjoy some tastings at The Gallery bar in Hampstead.
On Wednesday 16th March, The Gallery bar will be hosting ‘Whisky 101’, an event celebrating and exploring some of Ireland’s finest contemporary whiskies. The evening will be hosted by The Gallery’s manager and whiskey enthusiast Daniel Pavey and Dominic Tait, who will be representing The Dubliner and The Liberties whiskey brands. Guests will be taken on a journey from 10-year-old and Bourbon Cask expressions of the Dubliner range to the rich, spicy tones of The Liberties.
Each whiskey will be paired with a canapé course, while there will also be the chance to try beers from Northern Irish brewer McGrath’s. After learning about some of the history, production and styles of Irish whiskey, guests will be invited to record tasting notes on flavour cards. There will also be a selection of whiskey cocktails available to order on the night so you can really leave with an all-rounded knowledge of the tipple.
- ‘Whisky 101’ takes place on Wednesday 16th March 2016 from 7-9pm at The Gallery, 190 Broadhurst Gardens, West Hampstead, NW6 3AY. Nearest station: West Hampstead. Tickets: £15 include 3 flights of whiskey, 3 beer samples and canapés (10% of sales will be donated to UK charity Centre Point). For tickets, visit Billetto or for more information, visit The Gallery website.
For a guide to what else is on in London in March, click here.
The days are getting longer, the temperatures are getting warmer and summer is just that bit closer! Although March temperatures don’t always feel like it, Spring is here and after a quieter period over the winter, the festival season is kicking off with a very busy March indeed, ending with Easter Weekend. Here’s a list of what’s on over the next month. (NB. I will update this list over the month if I find out new events so please check back)
- 1 – 5 March : Spring Festival at the British Library
A festival of fashion, design and film with exhibitions and talks from BBC arts editor Will Gompertz, fashion illustrator Julie Verhoeven and GQ editor Dylan Jones. Late at the Library: Fashion Flashback takes place on evening 1 March. Activities and exhibitions range from free to £15. British Library, 96 Euston Rd, NW1 2DB. Nearest rail/tube: King’s Cross, St Pancras or Euston. For more information, visit the British Library website.
- 1 March – 12 May : Lifework: Norman Parkinson’s Century of Style
Photography exhibition at the National Theatre of fashion photographer Norman Parkinson’s work. Covers all aspects of his long career, from the 1930s up until his death in 1990. Free. National Theatre, Upper Ground Southbank, London SE1 9PX. Nearest tube: Waterloo. For more information, visit the National Theatre website.
- 2 – 3 March : Barbican Weekender
An array of events combining art and neuroscience, including dance, music and theatre for all ages. Free. Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS. Nearest tube: Barbican. For more information, visit the Barbican Weekender website.
- Now until 3 March : Random International: Rain Room @ Barbican
Experience what it’s like to control the rain… indoors! Visitors can either watch or if they’re brave enough walk through the rain and trust they won’t get wet! Due to the unique experience of this exhibition, be prepared to queue. Free admission. Open daily from 11am – 8pm, or 10pm on Thursday. Rain Room at The Curve, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS. Nearest tube: Barbican. For more information visit the Barbican website or read my blog post on my recent visit Rain Room @ The Curve, Barbican.
- 6 – 8 March : London Drinker Beer & Cider Festival
CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) North London host a beer and cider festival. As well as over 150 beers, ciders and perries to choose from, there is also food and stalls selling merchandise. Tickets: £3.50 (£2.50 for CAMRA members). Camden Centre, Bidborough Street, WC1H 9AU. Nearest tube: King’s Cross St Pancras. For more information visit the CAMRA North London website.