Events - WorkshopsFood and Wine Magazine Christmas Show three-day food and drink extravaganza, that will show you how to recreate world class dishes in the comfort of your own home! The RDS Main Hall in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 will be transformed into a winter wonderland for the weekend. Santa will be there all weekend as our guest of honour with gifts for all! (ALL FOR FREE!!) The Chef’s Kitchen which will be the heart of the show featuring Ireland’s top chefs.  Learn from the masters and recreate some of their favourite Christmas dishes at home with fabulous produce available in our Artisan Village.  The Drinks Zone is also ideal for wine enthusiasts and experts who want to learn more about wine matches, tasting, grape varietals and even how to pull a cork with flair! Between demos on the chef’s stage, there are a host of fantastic free masterclasses to enjoy.  Inspired by Ireland’s top FOOD&WINE Magazine experts in our FREE Master classes, which will cover topics such as Wine & Champagne tasting, Cocktail-making, Cheeses and Chocolates and much more! Click here for bookings and information   TOG to hack your everyday world for the better? Join TOG on Culture Night and learn how to upgrade your surroundings, one hack at a time. An innovative hackerspace at 4 Chancery Lane, Dublin 2, TOG is a shared hub for the city’s hacker and maker culture, fostering creative and collaborative work on members’ projects in an environment that’s inspiring and supportive of technologies old and new. On Culture Night take a tour of the space, view the group’s past projects and participate in some micro workshops to help you get hacking. Digital Illustration Workshop unique opportunity for artists and architects to upskill in the areas of digital graphics, Melissa Doran of Go Radiate presents a Digital Illustration Workshop in the Fumbally Exchange, 5 Dame Lane, Dublin 2, for three Saturdays this September. The workshop will focus on using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator and is worth 15 CPD Points for RIAI Architects awarded by the Fumbally Exchange. Learn from an Adobe Certified Expert in Illustrator how to enhance your hand drawings and draw from scratch in Illustrator and Photoshop. Discover and practice every new technique with a creative exercise, with the small class size (limited to five participants) ensuring that you get all your questions answered. Participants will be provided with detailed notes on the exercises and new techniques to have as a reference post workshop, when you apply the skills to your own work. Coffee and Tea Festival THE COFFEE & TEA SCENE IS A-BUZZ AS MOMENTUM BUILDS  FOR THE DUBLIN COFFEE & TEA FESTIVAL Word is spreading throughout the growing coffee & tea scene about the inaugural Dublin Coffee & Tea Festival 2014.  This unique event is fast becoming a must-do on the Dublin social calendar and takes place at the RDS, Dublin 12th -14th September 2014.   The Dublin Coffee & Tea Festival will be brimming with varying features to tickle the taste buds of coffee and tea lovers including:- The Roasters’ Village Located at the very front of the show the Roasters’ Village will house a vast range of Coffee and Tea micro roasters and retailers all wishing to engage with the public and tell the story of their particular blends.  The Cupping Room a purpose-built cupping room allowing members of the public and media to cup and taste a wide variety of teas and coffees from different Origin countries for the very first time in Ireland.  The People’s Stage showcasing a range of video footage and presentations from farmers, importers, green bean traders, and coffee and tea enthusiasts, acting as an educational platform allowing the public understand the tea and coffee growing and harvesting process first hand. The Food Village comprise a range of hand-picked artisan food and beverage suppliers whose product compliments the coffee and tea drinking experience. And not forgetting the National Barista Championships semi-final and the inaugural Home Barista Championship, the widest variety of tea and coffee blends the country has ever seen under one roof, the Dublin Coffee & Tea Festival is guaranteed to whet the visitor’s appetitie and indeed demonstrate the ever-sophisticated offering on the market today. . Visit the official Dublin Coffee & Tea Festival website for more details. The Wedding and Honeymoon Show RDS Main Hall will be transformed into Irelands largest Wedding & Honeymoon Showcase. You can, by simply walking around and viewing over 250 exhibitors stands see perhaps your dream wedding dress close up, with all the accessories and shoes, have a complimentary Wedding Day make up trial and a Wedding hair stylist will be on hand to help you decide on that special hair style, view the luxurious wedding limousines from vintage to top of the range Mercedes and admire all the various floral arrangements on view. Click here to book tickets   Strange Weather Hackathon to hack the very topic that’s always on our lips, weather - or better yet strange weather, at the Science Gallery this September. The innovative Strange Weather Hackathon brings together designers, developers, climate scientists, artists, academics and members of the public to build working prototypes of new apps, websites and tools to tackle the very real challenges associated with climate change and extreme weather. Facilitated by a host of experts from the Met Office, Met Eireann and the Environmental Protection Agency, teams will respond to challenges set by organisations like Dóchas, Concern and UNICEF Ireland, who regularly deal with the uncertainty and often catastrophic impact of weather extremes worldwide. Over two days participants will code, hack, 3D print, solder, circuit-bend and brainstorm their way to create unique and ground-breaking solutions to real-world challenges, and present them to a panel of experts. The winning team will then travel to London and take part in the Digital Design Weekend Hackathon at the V&A Museum as part of London Design Week, on September 20th-21st. Open data, materials and advice will all be available at the hackathon, but feel free to bring along your own laptops and hacking gear. Entry is free, but advance registration is required. A public event, anyone can come along and watch as ‘eureka!’ style solutions emerge from all the chaos. Children's Events at the National Museum visit to Decorative Arts & History is not just for adults - there's plenty for the kids too! From Soldiers to Scientific Instruments, and from Eileen Gray to Albert Bender, inspire and delight children with the objects and people waiting to be discovered in the National Museum. The Barracks Life Room gives children of all ages the opportunity to explore what  life was like as a solider in the 19th & 20th centuries. Try on costumes, handle objects and explore history using computer interactives. We also provide tailored tours and events for families, as well as an activity area in the Museum. The My Museum programme of events is designed to encourage families to work together, in an alternative and fun way, to learn more about the National Museum of Ireland’s collections. Every two to three weeks, a different part of the Museum’s collections is explored either through an art, drama or storytelling workshop; or through a demonstration or special guided tour. To find out more about the times and costs of tours and workshops, check out the Calendar of Events. For more tips and suggestions on Family Fun in Dublin click here