Wildflower opens its doors

Chef Adrian Martin is a favourite here in Irish Country Living.

As well as featuring on our front cover, he has done some entertaining at our events, including our Women & Agriculture conference.

So we are delighted to hear that from Wednesday 2 February, after many pandemic delays, his restaurant Wildflower is opening its doors.

A listed Georgian house on Dublin’s Richmond Street, the fine dining restaurant combines old world charm with a contemporary menu and sustainable ethos.

He describes the menus as a celebration of his roots, with all dishes paying homage to his upbringing in Co Cavan.

Adrian says: “It has always been a dream of mine to open a restaurant at home in Ireland. I’ve had my eyes peeled just waiting for the right location and as soon as I walked through the door, I knew this was it.

"While I have created new dishes inspired by the producers we are working with, I have also kept some dishes that are dear to my heart, such as our bread recipe sourdough fermented stout bread, which we serve with Irish cultured butter with Guinness jelly to spread

on top. It reminds me of growing up and the taste and smell of my grandmother's kitchen.”

Diners can choose from an á la carte three-course menu with petit fours and coffee for €70, featuring dishes such as hand-dived scallop ceviche with meadow sweet and oscietra caviar; glazed Thornhill duck with foie gras, onion miso, vetch and sauce grand veneur; and Valrhona white chocolate cremeux tart with wild strawberries, fig leaf and marigold.

There is also a tasting menu for €100, with wine pairing optional.

We wish Chef Adrian the best of luck in his new venture.

Bookings open via www.wildflowerrestaurant.ie.

Food festivals are back

Oh food festivals, how we have missed you! We’re delighted to hear that Bloom will be back this year in the Phoenix Park from 2 to 6 June and early bird tickets go on sale on 15 February. See www.bordbiabloom.com for details.

June is also set to be a busy month as the 13th annual West Waterford Festival of Food will take place from 10 to 12 June 2022.

2018 West Waterford Festival of Food.

Typically an April event, the new date for 2022 is to allow time following the upheaval over the past two years for chefs, suppliers, growers and brewers to prepare.

West Waterford Festival of Food CEO Maeve Quill said: “For visitors, June will be a better and safer time of the year for dining events, as it allows us more outside dining opportunities and for our suppliers and other stakeholders, the new date will allow them time and space to resolve any staffing or business issues that they may have."

Further details on both will be announced in the coming weeks. Visit www.westwaterfordfestivaloffood.com for more.

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