Veuve Clicquot Garden
This year, Veuve Clicquot celebrates the 200th Anniversary of Rosé Champagne which was blended for the first time by Madame Clicquot, also known as the ‘Grand Dame of Champagne’. In an era when women were excluded from the business world, Madame Clicquot dared to assume the head of the House of Clicquot after her husband’s untimely death, a role she undertook with passion and determination. She became a most inspired Cellar Master, had a daring vision and broke with accepted norms to create the process of making the world’s first ever blended Rosé Champagne.
Madame Clicquot’s character might be summarized with two words: audacious and intelligent and it is her story and daring spirit that brings inspiration to the themes, talks and theatrics in the Veuve Clicquot Garden throughout the weekend as we hear from a line-up of innovative and inspiring guest stars that are trailblazing their own way.
Sparkling Conversations Salon
The Veuve Clicquot Sparkling Conversations Salon, curated by passionate food writer and self-proclaimed professional eater Dee Laffan, is a popular platform to raise topical discussions and turns the spotlight on incredible producers, creators and innovators who will share their knowledge while enjoying some laughs along the way.
To celebrate Madame Clicquot as the female trailblazer of her time a series of panels have been added to the Sparkling Conversations Salon with an all-female line up. Hosting the panels is 2FM broadcaster, author and podcast presenter Louise McSharry will be speaking to women who are doing something different, making a change or being innovative in their own field of expertise. The Music Makers Panel will feature DJ Kelly-Anne Byrne, DJ Sally Cinnamon and DJ Tara Stewart chatting about the exciting landscape of the music industry. A Creatives Panel brings exciting stories and experiences from Filmmaker Dearbhla Glynn, Photographer Ruth Medjber and Head of Design at Body&Soul Mary Pike. The Innovators in Media Panel includes top female authors, Aoife McElwain, Eithne Shortall and Caroline Foran all after releasing their own books on different topics, all blazing their way through the Irish media landscape, all amazing!
The soundscape for the weekend comes in the form of a prominent line-up of female DJs including festival regular DJ Kelly-Anne Byrne, known for her love of disco and soul and keeping the beat going on at weekends on Today FM; DJ Sally Cinnamon, a spinner of both classic yarns & diamond vinyl gems whose music selections have been described as infectious, contagious and very often glorious. Another festival favourite and familiar voice on our airwaves Aussie native DJ Tara Stewart will be spinning sets that vary from RnB to House and from Hip Hop to Pop; rounding off the weekend is a brand new collaboration by DJ Claire Beck and DJ Ciara Brady who as CB Disco, play disco they love in all its forms, while adding a touch of their individual tastes to the mix.