THE Electric Picnic means a lot of things to many people; some for music, art for other, as well as the message about the environment, humanity and equality, while theatre, comedy, song or dance attracts many others.
However, as Napoleon Bonaparte once noted that an army marches on its stomach, so, too, will this year’s army of revellers at the three day festival in Stradbally from Friday 30 August to Sunday 1 September.
To sustain them throughout the long weekend, the event organisers have designed a festival within the main festival called the Theatre of Food, which is better known as the food lovers’ festival.
Spread over four stages, this year’s programme includes the Main Stage for cookery demonstrations, and the Fringe Theatre for workshops and talks as well as the Drinks Theatre, and introducing for the first time, the Garden Stage, where acclaimed chef Caitlin Ruth will show festival-goers how to make their dream of cooking in a food truck come true.
The Theatre of Food will feature athletics champion and celebrity Master Chef winner David Gillick, vegan cookery from writer and natural beauty stylist Holly White, as well as actor and comedian Conor Drum and his food blogger sister Erica.
JR Ryall of Ballymaloe House will return, having just won best dessert trolley at this year’s World Restaurant Awards in Paris.
Festival-goers can also indulge in the scrumptious Sunday Drunch – a feasting, drinking, dancing celebration of the Irish breakfast set alongside great music and the promise to have everyone on their feet by the end of the meal.
Last year, the Sunday Drunch sold out very fast. This year, all proceeds from the Drunch go to FEAST – the non-profit organisation set up to improve Food Education and Climate Action in Irish schools.