Disability organisation, Kanchi is offering diners a unique culinary experience at this year’s Taste of Dublin food festival, which takes place at the Iveagh Gardens from June 14th – 17th.
Kanchi Dine in the Dark will see festival goers served an exclusive tasting plate by legally blind waiting staff, whilst immersed in complete darkness. The delicious culinary delights will be prepared by ten of Ireland’s most award winning chefs, including Ross Lewis, Kevin Thornton, Oliver Dunne and Malcolm Starmer.
Without just their sight to guide them, guests will experience the complex tastes, flavours and textures in a completely new and innovative way. In the blacked out dining room, everyone will be immersed in complete darkness, whether they are visually impaired or not. Each sitting will last approximately 30 minutes, after which guests have the opportunity to meet with the award winning chef who prepared their food, and to discuss cooking techniques and the local produce they have sampled.
The aim is to enable participants to experience how, by removing one sense, others can be altered and heightened, encouraging them to value different abilities. Communication whilst in the dark is also fundamentally impacted which will see social interactions altered greatly from the typical dining experience.
The cost of entry to the ‘Kanchi Dine in the Dark’ pop-up restaurant will be eight Florins, which is the Taste of Dublin currency that is available on site. This will include the tasting plate and a glass of wine or non-alcoholic alternative per person.