The Banquet at Electric Picnic is back with funds going to Temple Street!

The ‘Banquet at Electric Picnic’ is set to once again tantalise taste buds at this year’s festival, as Derry Clarke and Mark Moriarty today announced an exclusive partnership to serve a fine dining banquet at the three-day event using only the finest* ingredients.  Partnering with Tesco finest* Derry and Mark have co-created a mouth-watering menu for Picnic patrons to enjoy, while also raising much needed funds for Temple Street and Pieta House charities.

Guests will be treated to a gastronomic dining experience in sumptuous surrounds of Stradbally Estate with silver service at this year’s Picnic.  Lucky ticket holders to Electric Picnic are invited to join The Banquet fit for a King and sign up for a five star experience at the festival.

Electric Picnic is renowned for having some of the best festival food and this year it’s raising the bar with this gourmet gastronomic five course banquet which will also cater for vegetarians, with delectable choices.

The luscious line-up of food will consist of a starter of Irish smoked salmon or smoked cauliflower cigars, baked Orzo with chili prawn and fennel to start; BBQ West Cork dry-aged rib eye beef or soy glazed BBQ portobello mushroom mains; followed by salted lemon tart, pine nuts, frozen sorrel with Tuscan olive oil for dessert.

Denise Fitzgerald, Chief Executive, Temple Street Foundation, “The Banquet at Electric Picnic is such an innovative, exciting and delicious way to help raise vital funds and we are so grateful for the support once again this year. While festival-goers will be enjoying the fun and sunshine of the Electric Picnic weekend, sick children and their worried families will continue to come through the doors of Temple Street around-the-clock in need of world-class treatment. The funds raised at this year’s banquet will help to ensure that these children continue to have access to the very best equipment and care, when they need it most. From all of us here in Temple Street, we would like to warmly thank our wonderful partners Tesco along with Derry Clarke and Mark Moriarty and all at Electric Picnic for making this special banquet possible.”

Derry Clarke, l’Ecrivain “I am thrilled the Banquet is taking place again this year. It was a huge success last year, and I thoroughly enjoyed putting together the menu and meeting picnickers over the three days, we raised a lot of money for a charity that is very close to my heart – Pieta House. It’s a funtastic way to have a gourmet dining experience in a festival setting. Bon Appetit.”

Tesco finest* brand ambassador, Mark Moriarty, “I’m thrilled to be joining forces with Derry for this year’s Banquet; together we’re presenting a menu of food that is classically Irish based, simple and confident, presented in a new way. I’m really looking forward to sharing the experience with guests, with live music setting the ambiance and knowing that they are supporting these great charities with Temple St and Pieta House. It’s such a special event during a festival.”

Melvin Benn, Festival Director, Festival Republic, ‘I am really looking forward to the Banquet this year, last year was such a success from the setting to the food to the money raised for charity. I am really proud that two of Ireland’s top chefs – Michelin starred Derry Clarke of L’Ecrivain and Mark Moriarty of the Michelin starred restaurant The Greenhouse are involved and delighted to be able to offer five star fine dining to Picnickers. Also a big thanks to Tesco whose involvement with The Banquet makes it possible to raise the much needed funds for charity.

Seats are limited, with four sittings over the weekend, two on Saturday and Sunday at 1.00pm and 5.30pm with each sitting lasting approximately two hours. Time is ticking and in order to absorb the sights and sounds, tastes and smells or just the fantastic vibe which will be at the Banquet at Electric Picnic.

The dress code for the Ultimate Picnic Banquet is Black Tie come Festival Fabulous – attire will be provided but guests are more than welcome to bring along their Sunday best. Tickets to the Fine Dining Picnic are priced at €120 and are available via this link.