Mark Moriarty & Derry Clarke during the launch of Tesco Finest support of the Banquet at Electric Picnic in aid of Temple St & Pieta House at L’Ecrivain in Dublins City Centre. photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

One of the most exciting parts of Electric Picnic for foodies is set to return this year, with chefs Derry Clarke and Mark Moriarty announcing the return of the ‘Banquet at Electric Picnic’.

Partnering with Tesco finest* Derry and Mark have co-created a mouth-watering fine dining banquet menu for Picnic-goers to enjoy, which will raise funds for Temple Street and Pieta House.

Guests to the Banquet will receive silver service and a tantalising food experience in the surrounds of Stradbally, with tickets available now priced at €120. This year, the five-star gourmet banquet will also cater for vegetarians.

The line-up for this year’s banquet will consist of a starter of Irish smoked salmon or smoked cauliflower cigars, baked Orzo with chili prawn and fennel; 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.

Melvin Benn, who is Festival Director EP organisers Festival Republic, said: “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.”

Mark Moriarty & Derry Clarke during the launch of Tesco Finest support of the Banquet at Electric Picnic in aid of Temple St & Pieta House at L’Ecrivain in Dublins City Centre. photo:Gareth Chaney Collins

Chef Derry Clarke said he is ‘thrilled’ that the banquet will be making a return to EP in 2019.

“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.”

Denise Fitzgerald, Chief Executive of the Temple Street Foundation, applauded the unique initative.

 “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.”

Seats are limited, with four sittings over the weekend. There will be two on Saturday and Sunday at 1.00pm and 5.30pm with each sitting lasting approximately two hours.

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  https://www.giv2go.com/thebanquet2019