Ardagh transformed into a foodie haven

Ardagh transformed into a foodie haven

Ardagh Heritage Centre was transformed into a foodie haven on Friday night with the first pop-up vegan and gluten free restaurant in Ireland.

'Cook and Dine Longford' is a pop-up restaurant where guests first get demonstrations on how to make delicious dishes, before dining together in a unique venue.

There was a full house on Friday night, with diners enjoying appetisers on arrival, four starters, a sorbet, three main courses and four desserts; all of which were gluten free and vegan friendly.

Diners were also treated to music from a female, barbershop,  a capella act called Cantabile and a beautiful solo performance from Aoife Mulligan from Longford.

Happy with the outcome, chef Martin O'Connor said: “I'll definitely do it again, although not necessarily the gluten free, vegan menu but I have some great ideas for other themed nights.”

Staying in tune to what's happening in the area, Martin said he would like to host seasonal events.

Looking forward to the next occasion, Martin is already planning a Hallowe'en-themed dinner. 

“Ardagh Heritage Centre are having their 'Fright Fest' week and have asked me to do a dinner on one of the evenings so we need to work out the details, but I already have loads of different ideas,” he revealed.

Find out when the next themed dinner evening will pop up by  following Cook and Dine Longford on Facebook.