Festival season is in full swing and, for many, the food on offer can be just as exciting as the acts you're there to see. We went along to Body & Soul to find five headline acts who could steal the show with the incredible ingredients they use to make delicious festival fare.
1. Mad Yolks
Whether you’ve danced till dawn or you’re feeling fresh, it’s hard to beat an egg sambo and they don’t come much better than those made by Mad Yolks. Brothers Hugh and Eoin set up a year ago and if the queues this weekend are anything to go by things are going egg-ceedingly (I couldn’t resist) well for the Mad Yolks.
The delicious egg burgers are made using free-range eggs from Monaghan and they source their free-range meat from their local butchers the renowned Higgin’s in Sutton. There are five options to choose from including the original 'Mad Yolk’, scrambled eggs with fresh chilli & chives, caramelised onion, smoked applewood cheddar, rocket & sriracha mayo on toasted brioche
Mad Yolks can be found Saturdays in the Red Stables Market in St Ann’s Park, Raheny and Sundays in Herbert Park Market, Donnybrook.
2. The Market Kitchen Café
Overheard in the queue on Sunday afternoon: "Can you build an ark?' and more importantly, one festival goer told a friend, "This sandwich is actually going to be the highlight of my weekend". Either this guy hadn’t left the carpark or he knows a showstopping sandwich when he tastes one. Happily, it was the latter!
This particular foodie was spotted a few hours later in the forest shouting "one more sandwich, one more sandwich". This food deserves this kinda love.
"Seasonality and vegetables are pretty much at the heart of what we do" says Liadain, who is one half of the Market Kitchen Café with friend and business partner Sarah. Planning their menus around what’s in season leads to imaginative and deliciously innovative combinations of ingredients with the flavour combos always beautifully balanced.
Pictured is the ‘Bread end Brekkie’: organic fried egg on sourdough toast with morocco baked beans, lemony kale and seeds, herby hummus, basil yoghurt and Clonanny black pudding.
You can find The Market Kitchen Temple Bar food market in July and at All Together Now, Another Love Story and Electric Picnic in August.
3. Well-Nice Pops
Who said ice pops are only for sunny days? Not me.
One of sweet treats on offer at Body & Soul were these 100% vegetable and fruit juice ice pops made by Trín and Beej, two Limerick friends who are the founders of Well-Nice Pops. Made using cold-pressed juice to ensure the nutritional value from the fruit and veg isn't lost. There’s no added sugar and they use all natural ingredients, win-win! The Well-Nice Pop pictured is the Lemon Sucker made with yellow pepper, lemon and pineapple. Not pictured: sunshine.
Well-nice pops can be found in most good health food shops.
4. My Goodness
Vegan and gluten-free food but my goodness, you don't need to be a vegan to appreciate this terrific Tex-Mex menu. Virginia O’Gara is from Texas and makes hand pressed vegan, deep-fried corn tacos and nachos.
The salsas and slaws and are made from fermented root vegetables to make the most of what can be grown easily in the Irish climate. Virginia is pictured with the nachos, corn-chips served with tempeh, black bean chilli, nacho cheese, salad, jalapenos, pico kimchi salsa and sour-cream.
You can find them at the English Market in Cork and the last Sunday of the month at the Dublin Flea Market.
5. Avo Nice Day
Last but not least we couldn't leave out every millennial’s favourite, avocado on toast. Keith Loftus and Emmett Kerrigan started the Galway based Avo Nice Day in 2017 and serve up delicious combinations of avocado with various tasty toppings on toast. They grow a lot of the veg themselves and even make their own Kombucha called 'All About Kombucha’.
Don’t take our word on it though, go "avo" one for yourself!
Find them at Aras Na Gael (Dominick St.) every Saturday from 10-6!
Keep an eye on RTÉ Food this Summer for more festival food tips from Molly O'Dwyer.