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The famed Italian, upmarket domestic appliance brand, Smeg, has announced a repeat of its pop-up Restaurant, at this week’s Hillsborough Oyster festival!
Around this time, last year, I waxed lyrical about all things oyster, so I’ll refrain from repeating a tome about my love for this event (suffice to say it's a seriously fun day out). Instead, I’ll focus my attention on the ultimate Gourmet Pop-up Restaurant, on Thursday 1st September 2016.
It promises to be another not-to-be-missed occasion, following its successful debut, last year. It returns with a fine bill of fare from local chefs, Derek Patterson of ‘The Plough’, Hillsborough, Andy Rea, from the ‘Mourne Seafood Bar’, and Karl Banks from ‘The Hillside’. Each chef will perform a live cooking demonstration of their signature dish at the fully-kitted out Smeg cooking theatre before guests are served a plate of these spoils to taste for themselves.
Festival committee member and Pop-up chef, Derek Patterson, said: “We’re delighted to be putting the ‘Pop-up’ back on the menu for the Oyster Festival’s 2016 programme and contributing to what has already been a phenomenal year of food for Northern Ireland. Each course is an opportunity for chefs to showcase their individual flair for crafting home-grown produce into creative culinary designs. Andy Rea, from Mourne, will be flaunting his famous seafood mastery while the Hillside’s Karl Banks is set to start the evening off with a delicious salad and sorbet creation, so guests get to enjoy a diverse dining experience.”
If this wasn’t special enough, top chef, Richard Corrigan will be welcomed into the Pop-up Restaurant, partnering Derek Patterson, to cook-up the main course of the four-dish feast.
The event is set to be a gourmand’s dream, with dishes prepared using award-winning ingredients such as Hannan Meats. Each course will be perfectly paired with wine from top South American wine maker, Concha Y Toro. Festival sponsor, Turkish Airlines, also seek to add a dash of Eastern Europe flavour to the evening with their native canapes, baklava and Turkish Delights, from the airline’s Flying Chefs.
For further information on the Hillsborough International Oyster Festival’s programme and to book tickets visit its website.
If you’re going – or have been – to this culinary paradise, let me know how you prefer your oysters, in the comments, below.