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Slow in the City 2019

  • National College of Art and Design 100 Thomas Street Dublin 8, County Dublin, D08 K521 Ireland (map)
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Slow Food Dublin is delighted to host their annual food festival, Slow in the City, on Saturday, November 2nd and Sunday, November 3rd in the heart of Dublin city. Our aim is to promote the values of good, clean and fair food in Dublin and further afield by growing membership, fostering community, educating the public and celebrating the pleasure of eating.

Supported by Taste The Island, the family-friendly event will take place over two days. On Saturday, The Experience will offer a line-up of ticketed local experiences, including a special walk with Fab Food Trails.

On Sunday, NCAD in Dublin 8, will host a day of festivities around three areas: The Workshop, The Symposium, and The Market. Throughout the day, Slow in the City will highlight the flourishing Dublin food scene, collaborating with local producers, restaurants and chefs all of who live and breathe the Slow Food ethos every day in their work.

At the Soil Symposium, attendees can dive into an in-depth, informative day exploring talks and panel discussions on growing, composting, soil degradation and the importance of soil in an urban environment, with speakers including the growing community in Dublin, Aaron Jewel of Permascape, Bríd Carter from NeighbourFood Glasnevin, Sustainable Food Dublin, and Craig Benton of Stop Food Waste.

The Workshop will be an intimate space for learning and sharing, with a line-up of tutorials, demonstrations and hands-on workshops for children and adults. For kids, there is a butter-making class in the morning, then chef Erica Drum of Drums Kitchen will host a soda breadmaking class, and Devin O’Sullivan from FEAST Ireland, the sustainable schools initiative, will be bringing kids through a tasting of Irish artisan foods.

Later in the day, Eoin Cluskey of Bread 41 and Niall O’Sullivan, head chef of Bang Restaurant will be creating a Zero Waste Workshop; Craig Benton from Stop Food Waste will be demonstrating the art of composting; a special “Tasting of Ireland's Historic Liquid; Aqua Vitae brought back to life” by Off the Cuffe; beer tasting with local brewery Dot Brew, and lots more.

Held in the yard of the National College of Art and Design, The Market will showcase some of the best of Dublin’s current food and drink producers and businesses including Clonanny Farm, the Bretzel Bakery, Maria Lucia Bakes and King of Kefir, and enjoy food from our favourite Dublin street food vendor – The Market Kitchen. 

Tickets are available here. Free for children under 12. The ticket will allow you to access all three areas of the festival, with a policy of first come first served for The Workshop and The Symposium.



10:30 AM How to start a sustainable food business, with Jennie Moran, founder of Luncheonette
11:00 AM Hosting a NeighbourFood market, with Brid Carter of Honest2Goodness
12:00 PM Shaping a better food culture, Devin O'Sullivan of Feast Ireland 
1:00 PM Tackling food waste, with Sustainable Food Dublin & Craig Benton, Stop Food Waste & Dee Laffan 
2:00 PM Living soils - the importance of regenerative food systems, with Aaron Jewell, Permascape 
3:00 PM Starting a farm, with Eoin Cluskey, Bread 41
3.30 PM Baking with long fermentation, make every grain count, with William Despard, The Bretzel Bakery 
4:00 PM Setting up a vertical farm, the future of local food supply? with John Paul Prior, Farmony


11:00 AM The Classic: Soda Bread, with Erica Drum of Drums Kitchen (kids under 13 only) 
11.30 AM The Classic: Soda Bread, with Erica Drum of Drums Kitchen (kids under 13 only) 
12:00 PM Shake It ‘Til You Make It! A hands-on butter-making workshop (kids under 13 only) 
1:00 PM Tasting Irish foods, with Devin O'Sullivan of FEAST Ireland (kids under 13 only) 
2:00 PM Composting 101, with Craig Benton from Stop Food Waste 
2:30 PM Masterclass - Fermentation, with Gerry Scullion from King of Kefir
3:00 PM Tasting of Ireland's Historic Liquid; Aqua Vitae - brought back to life, with Jarrod Cuffe of Off the Cuffe 
3:30 PM Zero Waste Workshop, with Eoin Cluskey, Bread 41 and Niall O'Sullivan, head chef of Bang Restaurant 
4:00 PM Sprouting Workshop, with Taz Kelleher of Sustainable Food Dublin
4:30 PM Craft Beer Masterclass and tasting, with Shane Kelly of Dot Brew

Earlier Event: November 2
Slow in the City: Fab Food Trails