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Bray People - - NEWS - BY ES­THER HAY­DEN

FES­TI­VAL- GO­ERS at­tend­ing this year’s Groove Fes­ti­val will be spoilt for choice when it comes to food.

The food op­tions for this year’s Groove Fes­ti­val, which takes place at Kill­rud­dery House and Gar­dens on Au­gust 19 and Au­gust 20, have been care­fully cho­sen by co-pro­moter Avril Ban­ner­ton of Taste of Dublin and her team to give at­ten­dees the best of bites.

The new well­ness quar­ter, Thrive, will in­clude talks and demon­stra­tions on healthy eat­ing by Oliver Mc­Cabe, Roz Pur­cell, Emma Buck­ley, Aileen Cox Blundell, Ed­ward Hay­den, Der­val O’Rourke, Su­nil Ghai and many more.

Food is a fun­da­men­tal part of Groove Fes­ti­val, with a range of op­tions from tra­di­tional fes­ti­val fare, healthy op­tions, to gourmet de­lights.

Lo­cal favourite Box Burger will launch a brand new burger at the fes­ti­val from their ex­clu­sive food fea­ture.

At Kill­rud­dery Kitchen, Kill­rud­dery’s head chef Sea­mus Ho­gan will use pro­duce from the farm and walled gar­dens, to­gether with in­gre­di­ents sourced from pro­duc­ers in the weekly farm mar­ket to cre­ate some stun­ning food. The kitchen will of­fer de­li­cious Kill­rud­dery Pork Spit Roast with fen­nel and orange, their own sauer­kraut, home­made Di­jon may­on­naise and gar­den leaves in a Water­ford blaa

Mu­si­cian Sharon Shan­non brings her brand new ven­ture, Sharon’s Gar­den of Ve­gan, to Groove. Equal to her pas­sion for mu­sic is her pas­sion for the wel­fare and pro­tec­tion of an­i­mals and this re­sulted in the de­vel­op­ment of the new busi­ness ven­ture. What started as plan to do a few pop up ve­gan din­ner events and a live show with Sharon each year has now de­vel­oped into a fully ded­i­cated mo­bile food truck which at­tends mu­sic fes­ti­vals, events and cor­po­rate func­tions through­out Ire­land and the UK.

Urchin is one of Dublin’s hottest new beach-in­spired cock­tail bars and fes­ti­val go­ers will be able soak up the sum­mer as they try some of their in­cred­i­ble cock­tails, unique small bites, seafood and sweet treats.

An­other lo­cal favourite, the Happy Pear, will be sell­ing many of the tasty treats peo­ple en­joy at the Grey­stones café, in­clud­ing The Bud­dha Bowl, falafel wraps, and lots of sweet treats.

The Boo­jum food truck – aka the ‘Boo­j­mo­bile’ – will bring the cool and lively at­mos­phere the in-store ex­pe­ri­ence is known for, out on the road and to the bur­rito-lov­ing fes­ti­val-go­ers of Ire­land. Boo­jum was the first bur­rito bar in Ire­land and, since 2007, has grown to nine stores across the is­land.

BBQ Blasta is the brain­child of chef Pe­ter Gal­lagher who has worked all over the world, from six-star cruise lines to five-star ho­tels and restau­rants. The idea for BQ Blasta was born when he came across a unique smok­ing com­pany on his trav­els in the UK, who cre­ated the mag­nif­i­cent cen­tre­piece of his out­door ca­ter­ing busi­ness.

Jaru is a small kitchen based in Dublin which de­liv­ers Korean-in­spired food at street mar­kets and events. They love to cook ‘real’ Korean soul food such as Kim­chi fried rice and Sam­gyup­sal us­ing lo­cally-grown, beau­ti­ful Irish in­gre­di­ents.

Bar­illa Will be serv­ing up a taste of Italy with a se­lec­tion of pasta dishes that will be sure to be pop­u­lar with young and old alike.

Keel­ings will be serv­ing up a taste of sum­mer from their food truck with, what else, but sweet Irish straw­ber­ries and cream.

With fine food, guests will also en­joy an ar­ray of drinks at the big­ger and bet­ter fes­ti­val, from the Hop­house 13 fes­ti­val bar, Tan­queray Cock­tail Bar, Urchin who will serve a se­lec­tion of sig­na­ture cock­tails and wine, So Prosecco van, plus Frank & Hon­est will be on hand for fes­ti­val go­ers cof­fee needs.

Mu­sic head­lin­ers on the main stage this year range from Pri­mal Scream to Hot­house Flow­ers, UB40 to Hud­son Tay­lor, Jerry Fish to Spring Break. The Sony Xpe­ria Stage once again proves to be a hot­bed of the new­est Irish tal­ent around in­clud­ing Katie Laf­fan, Daithí and Jack O’Rourke. This year ac­claimed UK singer song­writer John Smith will also ap­pear on the stage.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Groove or to pur­chase tick­ets please log onto www. groove­fes­ti­ THERE will be two great gigs in the Hotspot this week­end.

On Satur­day, Au­gust 12, Sher­rin St Clair is host­ing a SYP 5Rhythms event be­tween 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. fol­lowed by a DJ.

On Sun­day, Au­gust 13, singer song­writer Freddie White will take to the stage. De­tails at www.the­

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