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Heading to a Culture Night event this evening? Here's your guide to the best food around

Tonight is the night.

TONIGHT MARKS THE 13th Culture Night to take place across Ireland and we’ve got all the highlights for you here.

For the uninitiated, the night involves premises opening their doors for free late-night entertainment, as part of an all-island celebration of arts, heritage and culture.

It encompasses food, film, health, history, music, fashion and other events.

You may have stumbled across our guide on the best family culture events or the strangest ones around this year, so today we’re going to look at where you can get the best food.


For those wanting to sample the best in Irish cooking while also learning about the old ancient history of this island, look no further than the capital.

Christ Church Cathedral Is hosting historic tours of the cathedral, music, food where people will be able to explore the medieval 12th century crypt, where storytelling will be taking place.

On the night they will host a silent film screening which will be accompanied by the cathedral organist David Bremner. Outside there will also be a host of gourmet food stalls and live entertainment.

The Fumbally Stables, Dublin

Built in the mid-18th century, it was originally used as stables for John Busby’s Distilleries in Blackpitts. Since then, it has been used as a meat factory, a bakery and, more recently, a photography studio. Its current incarnation is a marriage of food, culture and education where experimentation, fermentation, workshops and events happen.

If you’re outside the capital there are still lots of events to tickle your fancy.

Cooking up a Delicious Storm is being held in Athy Kildare and promises to showcase food and drink from around the world. It involves men, women and children cooking up their favourite dishes in a bid to see who will be crowned the winner.

If you’re out Galway way, then you might get the chance to attend the Gort Men’s Shed where food will be served on a Lazy Susan -  a turntable traditionally used for sharing food.

Organisers said that those who attend will be able to explore new flavours prepared by our Irish, Brazilian, Russian, Syrian and Polish friends and neighbours.

Music Maestro Pete Lamb will be putting together a special mix of music from these countries to add to the occasion.


Dubray Books is hosting an event in its Grafton Street store to celebrate the talented writers this country produces.

There is to be an extended reading in the window of this book shop, which will be on the theme of hope.  Optional donations will go to support Aware: Helping to Defeat Depression.

The authors of the hit book OMG What a Complete Aisling will also be in attendance.

The inaugural Kilkenny International Literary Festival also begins at the Rothe House Museum and Garden.

Karina Tynan, storyteller and blogger and re-teller of Irish myths and Martine Madden, author of the powerfully haunting Anyush, will share their stories on the night.


The Powerscourt Centre in Dublin will open the doors to its historical past and you will be able to imagine what life was like for Lord & Lady Powerscourt in this townhouse during the 19th century.

Visitors will be given pointers on fashion, make-up and food of the day. Tours take place from the steps of the house on South William Street at 5.30pm and 7.30pm.

Monaghan County Museum, Monaghan officially opened diplomatic relations with Japan in 1957 and to mark the 60th anniversary of this historic milestone in both countries’ history, the museum will host a night of Japanese culture and music.

For the full rundown of what’s happening on Culture Night, visit the official site.

Read: Here are some of the weirdest things you can do on Culture Night>

WATCH: We took our readers on a Culture Night preview bus tour in Cork>

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