Treasures of Irish Food
Building on years of food heritage, Airfield Estate is proud to partner with St. Patricks Festival to bring you a series of events highlighting Ireland’s hidden culinary treasures. From a family exploration of our food trail to a hands-on potato planting experience, there’s plenty to do and experience in the heart of Dundrum.
Natural Treasure Trail
13th - 17th March
Step into Airfield Estate, Dundrum and explore the culinary and historical treasures hidden amongst the meadows. Explore natural treasures from meeting the new lambs in the fields, churning butter in the farmyard, tasting milk which comes from the Estate’s Jersey herd, explore our hedgerows and you can even take a look back at the Overends' historical recipe collection from the early 1900s. Your family will be enthralled and entertained there’ll also be a crafty table where you can sit down and create something to treasure for years to come.
Sheanachai & Superstitions
13th March 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm
It’s said that the Irish are among the best storytellers in the world. Experience a truly historical and mystical afternoon while listening to one of our best Seanachaí (traditional storyteller) as they give a little insight to the heritage of Ireland through stories passed down from generation to generation by theatrical stories, prose and song. From the heart of Airfield Estate, you’ll also enjoy an Irish tipple….. fit for the occasion! The perfect way to experience an Irish tradition.
Irish Culinary Treasures Dining Experience
13th March 7 pm - 11.30 pm
We’ll be digging out our best traditionally inspired culinary masterpieces for an evening of Irish food. Experience a true Irish welcome with a feast of flavours created by the culinary team in Airfield Estate. Each dish will be created using ingredients grown in our organic food gardens at Airfield Estate giving them all a seasonal twist. There’ll be live music and fantastic hospitality from the team as they bring you the taste of Ireland on a plate. With a 5 course menu plus a few surprises along the way, this is an experience not to be missed.
Irish Potato Planting Experience
14th March 10.30 am - 2.30 pm
From a truly Irish welcome to a hands on workshop, if you love potatoes this one’s for you! Our guide will take you through a little history of the potato, and why it became such an important part of the diet in Ireland. Then it’ll be time to wear some wellies and head out into the fields where you will get to plant your very own Irish potato. You will then stroll through our organic food gardens in Airfield Estate to the Inspiration Kitchen. Once there, you’ll get hands on and create a selection of potato inspired recipes including boxty. Once they’re all cooked, it’ll be time to sit down and enjoy your culinary delights with a well-deserved cup of Irish tea.
Brown Bread Workshop
15th March 10.30 am - 1.30 pm
If you love the taste of great homemade bread, this is the workshop for you. Learn about the traditional ingredients used by Irish people to make flour and then to make brown bread. Experience hands on how to make the dough from scratch, create the shape and bake it to perfection. Finally you’ll sit down and enjoy freshly baked bread with some homemade jams with a cup of tea or a coffee in the wonderful setting of Airfield gardens.
Heritage Afternoon Tea
15th March 1.45 pm - 4 pm
Toast to the heritage of Irish food and enjoy an afternoon tea experience served in the Library Room of Airfield House in the heart of Dundrum. Every piece of food presented on the plate will be grown locally and in the main at Airfield Estate, providing you with a true Irish food experience. Our homemade sweet and savoury treats are seasonally inspired and created by our culinary team from ingredients grown on the Estate. You can also enjoy a post-tea stroll through the walled garden and explore our organic food gardens where some of the ingredients are grown.
One of the world’s biggest cultural celebrations, St Patrick’s Festival returns to Dublin this March 13–17, 2020.
Running over five great days and nights, the Festival is a vibrant and dynamic showcase of Ireland’s rich culture and heritage, both traditional and contemporary.