25 February 2013

Dine In Dublin Is Back: 25th February - 3rd March

Now in its eighth installment, Dine In Dublin has got to be one of my favourite events in the city. A week long celebration of food, this year brings not only a delectable selection of discounted menu offerings but also cocktail classes, olive tastings, trad music sessions and more.

Crab Canapes at The Exchange Restaurant Dublin
Crab canapes at the Dine in Dublin launch
The launch at the Westin's Exchange restaurant was a real eye opener. This week is an amazing opportunity to scoff some high-end food at bargain prices, with The Exchange's own Dine In Dublin menu being a prime example: 100% crab cakes (no potato filler here!), king scallops and sirloin steaks all feature - and the damage? Just €25 for three courses.

Sirloin steak at The Exchange Restaurant Dublin
A perfect sirloin steak from the Dine In Dublin menu at The Exchange restaurant at The Westin, Dublin
While you're there, make sure you savour a cocktail or two - bartender Deirdre Byrne has just made history by becoming the first female winner of the National Cocktail Competition. She'll be representin' at the World Championship later this year and having sampled her wares, I think we can be quietly confident.

Deirdre Byrne Winner National Cocktail Championship Ireland
Deirdre at work creating a contemporary Old Fashioned - yes, she's actually injecting rum into a hollow ice sphere. Amazeballs.
Other deals that caught my eye include the Damson Diner, the new incarnation of the Southwilliam pub, which was a longtime favourite of mine. I've been meaning to try it out and the special two course, €10 lunch menu could be just the ticket. The four course menu at Fallon and Byrne is a tad pricier at €42.50 but the menu includes braised haunch of venison or aged rib eye steak, along with a cocktail of your choice. Yes, I like cocktails. A lot.

Cocktails at the Exchange Restaurant Dublin
Another launch cocktail, to reinforce the point - Beefeater gin with strawberries and pepper
Running from today till March 3rd, Dine In Dublin is the brainchild of Dublin Town, the events arm of the Dublin City Business Improvement District, who also run the Dublin Fashion Festival, Dublin at Christmas and other fab happenings throughout the year. Check out the full list of events and offers on the website or for the inside scoop, search the twitter hashtag #DID2013.

Will you be dining in Dublin this week? And if you're reading from outside Ireland, does your city run any similar foodie events?


Me Likey a Lot said...

Oh I love everything on this post! I hope you enjoy some cocktails :)
I think Melbourne is running a food and wine festival soon, I must look that up.
K xx

Karen Constantine said...

Ooh I like the sound of that, €25 for 3 fancy schmancy courses? Don't mind if I do!

Roxy said...

Oh those drinks look amazing!

Adele said...

This looks such a fantastic event & those cocktails are right up my street!!!!
Have a wonderful week Hun xoxo

Ann said...

Foodie events like that are so much fun.

The Dainty Dolls House said...

Yum yum yum!! Gorgeous food!! Looks like a fantastic event!! Am glad you enjoyed. Have a wonderful week dollface xox

Anibani said...

this looks yummy :)

The Dainty Dolls House said...

Share away doll...it's all grand!! xo

Anonymous said...

Those are some great pics, looks like so much fun (and so much yum).

little t said...

That steak looks amazing. And I love learning cocktail tips and tricks. Makes me want to be home!

Sam said...

we need a great and fun festive food event in some of our cities here, it sounds and looks delicious!

Krystal said...

i am so hungry right now, that sounds like the most amazing event in the world :)

aki! said...

I would so love to have that rum! That's amazing.

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The Braided Bandit said...

I have never tried one of these dining festivals but I know they have some here and it sounds like such an amazing time (since food is pretty much my favorite thing ever!)Hope you're having a great start to your week!
xo Hannah


Anonymous said...

This is the first time that I see a hollow ice sphere. It looks very impressive. Lovely food and great concept.


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dana dimitras said...

Delicious pics :)

Chloe said...

So mad, i'm in Wexford all week so I'm missing out - I love my cocktails!
Chloe - Very Lovely Stuff

Johanna said...

Similar to our restaurant week! How fun!

Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

hey emma! this sounds great! fabulous way to try new restaurants and dishes. we have something similar here in new orleans. i need to start participating. enjoy doll!

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

This sounds like such a delectable deal! We have Restaurant Week twice a year in NYC that is similar.

Rowena @ rolala loves

Coco said...

Thank you for sharing doll! xxx love Coco

Matilly Rose said...

Ahhh it's times like this I wish I could still drink,.

It all looks great!

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