Food festivals are the new rock’n’roll, and Ireland’s chefs are the new rock stars.” So says Avril Bannerton, self-confessed food evangelist and event director at Taste of Dublin, one of the gourmet festivals that will be vying with big music events such as Electric Picnic and Forbidden Fruit for our attention this summer.
Goodbye, plates. Hello, bowls. If you want a little prediction for the year ahead prepare for small bowl takeover in 2016. It may not sound like much of a trend — goodbye, plates has more of a ring to it — but bowl food is where we are all heading.
January is coming and soon it will be time for the annual diet. You know you will give it a try because you do it every year. The coming month of self-denial casts a shadow over festive celebrations as dank and gloomy as the hardy perennials of bad weather, travel chaos and unbearably crowded shops.